Cologne. During the Malteser International Lent Campaign “40 Euros for Sri Lanka“, the British water engineer Suzanna Lipscombe reports from Sri Lanka on a weekly basis. In Sri Lanka, Malteser International concentrates on programmes that provide clean drinking water for the population in remote areas. No sophisticated technology is needed to achieve this goal – simple bio-sand water filters can clear the groundwater and water from open wells from germs.
With the Lent Campaign, Malteser International calls for putting aside one Euro a day during Lent season. This way, 40 Euros can be saved up until Easter. With these 40 Euros, the organisation can procure the material for the construction of one bio-sand water filter for one family.
Around 2,000 families in the coastal regions of southern Sri Lanka have already received a rainwater harvesting tank from Malteser International. Rainwater harvesting is the topic of the first weekly report (1 Feb 2008) by Suzanna Lipscombe.
Malteser International is the worldwide relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta for humanitarian aid. The organisation covers around 200 projects in about 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Currently, 19 national associations of the Order of Malta are members of Malteser International. The headquarters are in Cologne, Germany.