Thank you again for helping Blue Planet Network fund our NGO member Project Well to construct 5 more modern bore-dugwells in the district of Nadia in West Bengal, India, as well as to routinely visit villages for educational meetings. The planned locations for the wells are in 3 schools and 1 health clinic and will provide approximately 200 people with arsenic free drinking water.
Construction of these wells will begin when we have the complete funding of $7,500. We are just $1535.00 shy of that, so please help spread to the word to bump us over! The wells will take approximately 1 year to build, start to finish, allowing for logistical problems the site, weather, or community, etc. might present. Consumer demographic data will be gathered on the well's impact approximately 6 months later.
The improvements to design through village meetings and increased community education are of great importance. For example, village meetings identify any changing conditions, such as the non-availability of water-bearing sand layers, or local disputes. Project Well held over 45 health awareness meetings from January - July 2011 for this project as well as many others. They addressed community misconceptions about the new methods of accessing water versus traditional methods. This is designed to inspire project confidence.
This past year in Nadia, meetings were held in the villages of Dumuriya, Rosullopur and Gopalpur. The topic discussed during these health meetings were on health effects of arsenic, why chlorine is used to treat the dugwell water (as is done in the metropolitan water supply), despite the chlorine odor and taste and how to remove bad odor by using cheap earthen filters. Without these repeat visits soliciting feedback, villagers would continue to be duped into drinking arsenic tainted water because it appears crystal clear and odor free. Proper sanitation and personal hygiene are also discussed at these meetings. In addition, there is a sustainability plan for these wells that requires the users to purchase Theoline, the chlorine disinfectant, and also repair minor wear-and-tear. Field workers will visit the wells every month for one year to get technical and utility reports, after which they will inspect the wells once or twice a year.
Your generous support is invaluable. Thank you again, from all of us at Blue Planet Network!
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