We are delighted to share a blog written by Shaini Liyana Hapuarachchi, a student at Lyceum International School, Kurunegala , Sri Lanka who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 620 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
In our project we focus on bringing a solution for the unavailability of safe drinking water in a selected school and its surrounded village area of the dry zone. We have planned to have a water purification unit in this selected school “Ipaloogama Junior School” that will supply drinking water in healthy condition for human consumption to school community as well as the villagers around this school. Mean time we have planned to plant selected types of plants which are recommended by the traditional medical practitioners in the chosen village are that will enhance the quality of the drinking water and make it suitable for consumption. Through this we are hoping to uplift the quality of the drinking water in this area and reduce the number of patients those who are suffering from chronic kidney diseases and urinary problems.
We wish to find a solution for the lack of safe drinking water problem in the “Mahawa – Ipalogama Junior School community. And through that reduce the number of patients who suffer from Kidney and Urinary deceases and the number of deaths due to these sicknesses. Similarly we would like to provide them with two washrooms to the school where they will have quality sanitary facilities as there are no washrooms available for the students of this school.
Provide school community and the villagers with safe drinking water, enhance the sanitary facilities of the school and reduce the number of patients and the deaths that get recorded due to unavailability of drinking water in this area are the three main objectives of our project. So we believe that the school community and the villagers will be benefited by this project.
Taking part in the GSL competition is one of the greatest opportunities I had in my life. It helped me in developing lot of skills such as; planning out work, coordinating with group members and outsiders, time management, balancing academic work and project work and so on.
I never thought that I am capable of maintaining documents and that I can manage them neatly. After I was selected as the leader of this project, I realized that I am capable in handling and maintaining documentary related work. Similarly, I never knew that I’m good in speaking in public. Today I speak infront of students, teachers and outsiders very well with the support of my co-group members. I feel so proud and that feeling energizes myself to work more in a better way.
In order to build up a water purification plant, two toilets and plant and to plant naturally water purifying plants in the selected area, we require Rs.500,000 as the total cost, and that’s the main issue we face in this project. We, the members of “Prize for Life” project have organized a series of fund raising activities as an old book sale, garbage collecting. A movie fiesta, a musical evening and so on. We look forward to make this project successful.
The Next Chapter
“Today; NOT Tomorrow”
We have got a life as a human being, so we should take the best out of it. We have a huge responsibility to serve or to do something better to our society; for that we should not wait until we grow older. We can also serve our society by participating in projects like GSL Project. By this, the benefits are not only for the society but also for you, your family and the country. So the best way is to give them an explanation about the benefits of participating in projects similar to GSL project and build up the concept
“Yes we can, let’s do it together from the bottom of our heart”
The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.