Asokapura is a colony in Mihintale, where Sinhala refugees were settle down in 1985. This colony is 5 km interior from the main road and the road to the colony is a gravel road where there is no public transport. The road goes through a forest reservation over a distance of 2 km.
There are 172 families and all are farmers. Paddy is their main cultivation and they grow vegetables and other grains like cowpea and gingili. They get water for the paddy cultivation from the irrigation tank in the village. But at present they can’t collect water in the tank because the bund is damaged in many places. The paddy cultivation area is 75 acres but they can cultivate only 12 acres from the little water collected. The main requirement in the village is to restore the tank.
The other urgent requirement is drinking water. The underground water in this area is polluted and there are 12 kidney patients in the village. Three patients have died few months ago. They need a water purifying system with a RO unit.
There is a pre-school which is located in a temporary building. A building and a playground for the pre-school is also an important requirement.
Few parents hire three wheelers to send their children to school. Some take the children in bicycles. Very few children ride bicycles to the school. Many children do not attend school properly because they have to walk all the way. If we can supply bicycles to these children they will attend school regularly.
At the time of settlement in 1985, each family got 1/4 care of land and 1/2 acre of paddy field. But now the second generation is growing up and they need land and this is a matter the Government has to look in. Some of the second generation youths have build small huts in the government owned land and already settle down. Not even sanitary facilities are available in these huts. Their living condition is very sad.
There is a Buddhist temple and a Christian church. The condition of the church is quite good but the condition of the temple is not that good. There is priest in the temple but there is no proper avasa to live in. There are only 27 christian families and the rest are Buddhist. An avasa for the priest is a must.
What we intend to do:
1. To do the restoration work of the tank. This is estimated to cost 1.5 m rupees.
2. To construct a building for the pre-school. Estimated cost Rs. 750,000.00
3. To install a waterfilter in a common place. Cost Rs. 500,000.00
4. To give bicycles to the students to attend school.
5. To build houses for the families who do not have proper housing. A 300 sq. ft. house will cost Rs. 500,000.00. Need seven houses.
6. To build toilets for the families who do not have sanitary facilities.
7. To form women’s society and train them to do self employment.
8. To start a small library.
9 To form a children’s society.
The total cost for this project is estimated around 10 million. rupees. Karunaratne & Sons Ltd. will donate Rs. 5 million to this project to commemorate their 50 years in printing trade. We are seeking assistance from kind donors for the seven houses and for the bicycles.
We have attached few photos of the irrigation tank and the huts where these young couples live.