Increase the availability of drinking water and irrigation for crops, reduce incidence of water borne diseases, and ease everyday drudgery on women by promoting traditional water harvesting structures
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Lack of water and frequent droughts in the Thar Desert impacts the socio-economic status of the desert community. Shortage of drinking water poses severe health risks as manifested through water-borne diseases and severe dehydration. Socially, the biggest impact is on women. They spend hours each day walking miles in search of water under extremely hot and harsh conditions. Young girls, too, need to go and fetch water which deprives them from going to schools.
How will this project solve this problem?
Develop drought-preparedness among desert communities through training and capacity building; constructing traditional water harvesting structures through community contribution (cash, kind, and labor); involving community in upkeep of structures.
Potential Long Term Impact
The guarantee of safe, secure water removes the stress and worry that preoccupies residents of the Thar. The revival of traditional rain harvesting systems will bring safe drinking water, save time that women labor and help socio-economic stability
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,240
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,240 . The original project funding goal was $5,000.