In northern Sri Lanka, people get their water from wells, because there are no rivers, reservoirs or large lakes in the region. A common practice, especially among poor farmers, is for several families to share one common well to meet their daily needs, and for the irrigation of their farms.
Recently, we came across a well in the farming village of Siruppiddy that had been damaged during the war and was no longer safe to use. Yet, there are six farmers still using this well despite its condition.
We were able to rebuild the well so the water could be accessed safely. All six farmers and their families were very grateful for this service.
We wish to extend our thanks to the devotees of the Washington, DC Murugan Temple who funded this well-rebuilding project through Manitha Neyam Trust.
Swami Rishi Thondunathan