The jewelry brand 4℃, deployed by YONDOSHI HOLDINGS INC., was born with a concept that the brand wants to be like water which does not change essence even though change the appearance. 4℃ AQUA PROGRAM aims to bring beauty and inspire the women of developing countries who face serious water and hygiene problems. 4℃ AQUA PROGRAM established in 2008 is a joint project with YONDOSHI HOLDINGS INC. and Japan Water Forum.
4℃ official website “Responsibility to Society”
This year, JWF carried out the project in Sri Lanka. The details are described below.
Details of 4℃ AQUA PROGRAM 2015
Promotion of Roof Rainwater Harvesting among 7 families living in Mahakachchakodiya, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
2) Project Site
Mahakachchakodiya, Vavuniya, Northern Province, Sri Lanka
|Sri Lanka||Mahakachakodiya, Vavuniya, Northern Province|
14 households, 70 persons
4) Project period
August 2015 to June 2016
5) Local partner
Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF)
Water resources are limited in the Northern provinces of Sri Lanka. People have to get drinking water from well or buying in town. Fetching water is daily burden for women and the cost of buying water is stressing household economy. In recent years, due to the pollution by residual agricultural chemical in a soil, changes of well-water quality (taste and appearance) are identified. It has been pointed out that continuation of drinking well-water will lead to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
・Rainwater harvesting tanks (8,000 liters size in each) were installed in 14 households.
・Operation and maintenance training was conducted to beneficiaries.
・Each household (4 to 5 family members per a household) can secure and use 10 liters of rainwater per a person for the purposes of living including drinking during dry season.
・Women are released from daily burdens of fetching water.
・The cost for purchasing water can be reduced.
・Instead of using well-water, using rainwater will prevent beneficiaries from onset and progress of kidney diseases.
Implementation of the project
Inception meeting with the candidates of the beneficiaries in community center.
Explanation and awareness activity for the selected households
Construction of rainwater harvesting tank
|・Operation & Management training|
Message from beneficiary
I used to walk 2 km to go to the shop and purchase filtered water. Our daily requirement of water is about 10 liters, and 1 liter costs LKR 30. I therefore use to spend LKR 300 per a day for purchasing water. Now, money is saved and I can spend money to other activities. Using the time saved, I can cultivate my paddy field. Now I have no worries in mind thinking of scarcity of water for household activities. I drink rain water and bless for my health and house.
JWF continues to try solving water – related problems through grass-roots activities collaborated with our support members.
(Reported by Sae Ishihara, Manager)