Brandix completes 367 water projects
The Brandix Group's continuing efforts to improve access to water in
rural communities resulted in 367 water supply projects being completed
in 2015-16, Sri Lanka's largest apparel exporter said in press release.
"Access to clean water remains a serious problem in many villages
despite efforts by the authorities to address this basic need," said
Anusha Alles, Head of CSR and Corporate Communications at Brandix.
"Over the past ten years, Brandix has completed more than 3,000 water
supply projects via the Care For Our Own programme, but we will continue
to identify and assist families in need of help in the years ahead," she
The primary beneficiaries of these projects are Brandix employees
with identified needs, but in many instances, they serve an extended
beneficiary group as the water supply system provided is shared with
several families similarly affected.
The case of two beneficiaries, Gopalapillai Gajenthini of Kadukamunai,
and Rajendran Pushpamalar of Chinna-urani, both living two kilometres
from the closest source of water in the Batticaloa district, are typical
They received a well apiece from Brandix, and Gajenthini who lives
with her mother and four siblings, shares her well with seven other
families, while Pushpamalar who lives with her parents and two children
shares her well with ten other families.
The Ratnapura District with 63 projects topped the beneficiary
districts in Brandix's Care For Own Programme in 2015-16, followed by
Polonnaruwa with 60, Kurunegala with 57, Kegalle with 55 and Gampaha
with 35, the Group said. Interviews to identify beneficiaries in the
current financial year are scheduled to commence in July.
The projects implemented included wells, pipe-borne water
connections, water supply systems, tube wells, deep tube wells,
rainwater harvesting systems and water filters over the 12 months, all
funded or donated by the Group under its 'Care For Our Own' (CFOO)