On 20th July 2015 the agro-drinking well provided by Project Sri Lanka in the remote village of Walaskema was declared open by Trustee Joy Palmer Cooper. After the formalities and meeting with speeches of thanks, the villagers provided music and a wonderful array of locally grown fruits and vegetables to mark the occasion.
This large well has transformed the lives of the people of this village. It gives a year-round supply of water for drinking, cooking and bathing. It also provides the water needed for agricultural purposes. Crops grown by the village people are consumed by the local families and surplus goods are sold to other local communities. Income derived from sales is enhancing the provision of fencing and other measures to stop wild elephants encroaching on the fields of crops and homes.