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May I send my personal greetings and heartfelt appreciation for your support for this most worthwhile cause.
Due to one particular very generous donation received we were able to install a much needed water pump within seven days of receiving the funds. However any donation of any size which helps us transform the lives of village people by providing that most basic of needs, clean water, is humbly and gratefully accepted. Moreover it is our promise to you that every single rupee is used only for this appeal, and not kept in any account or used for administration. As we mentioned before if you wish to name a pump you have sponosred fully we will provide a small plaque and photographs of that pump. Just let us know at email@example.com
Due to two failed monsoon in this area, people continue to face problems, even in the towns but especially in the villages, as this recent press report shows
A large part of Bihar is facing scarcity of drinking water due to depletion of groundwater after the failed monsoon
Official sources in the PHED said that millions of people in Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Munger, Rohtas, Kaimur, Nawada and Bhagalpur districts are facing acute water scarcity as hand-pumps, wells and other water bodies have dried up.
In Gaya, a town about 100 km from here, people are in big trouble because after the depletion of ground water, hand-pumps have gone dry. “It is pathetic for us to live in Gaya town, we have to run since morning till late night in search of water,” said Ejaj Ahmad, a resident of Gewal Bigha in Gaya.
According to latest figures released by Bihar State Groundwater Directorate, the water level has gone down by 30-50 feet in several districts. “The water level has gone drastically down at several places in Gaya, Bhagalpur, Munger and Kaimur,” said official sources in the directorate.
After wells and ponds dried up in rural areas, people in Aurangabad, Gaya, Rohtas and Kaimur districts were forced to sell their cattle at throwaway prices. “We sold five cattle at cheapest rate after we failed to arrange water for them,” said Shiv Prasad, a farmer in Aurangabad.
(From Times of India)
At this festive time may I send to you my very best compliments of the season to you and your family. It is difficult to imagine I know, but suppose you got up next morning and all your taps and faucets went dry?
This is the situation that thousands of people in the villages in which we work face every single day, thank you for helping them change their lives.
Deepak Kumar on behalf of all us at People First
Officials say paddy transplantation is badly hit in the districts of Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal and Nawada, which had been declared drought hit last year following a rainfall deficit of 29 percent.
Farmers are also complaining that there is no water in the canals for irrigation. A large part of central Bihar is irrigated by water from the Sone river and regulated through canals.
Last year, the government declared 26 of 37 districts drought-hit following poor rains.
So far paddy transplantation has been completed in 11 lakh hectares against a targeted 35 lakh hectares, officials say. 'By the end of July, paddy transplantation would have been completed, but scanty rains have forced farmers to stay away from the field,' an official said.
'Poor rains coupled with non-availability of groundwater have already delayed paddy transplantation in large parts of the state and in some districts paddy sowing has been badly hit,' an agriculture department official said.
You will have seen similar reports in previous newsletters. Whilst floods displace thousands in the North, here in the South a severe drought continues.
A deep water pump can change the lives of a whole village. Here's what one women had to say " now we have clean water, I do not have to worry about my children's health any more", My daughters and I no longer face the long daily walk and the burden of fetching dirty water from faraway. We thank People First and the kindness of others every single day for this gift of water".
Please get together with your friends and raise money to help a whole village access clean water. If you raise enough and if you would like to name the pump we would be happy to provide a small plaque and send you a photo. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It has been a long time since the district saw any significant rain. Ground water levels are falling, traditional wells are becoming contaminated.The need for deep water hand pumps is more than ever and the effect of just one water pump for the whole village in terms of improved health and quality of life is huge. Thank you for your support for this important appeal. The following is a press item from today,
Will drought haunt Bihar farmers again?
It's a different year, but little has changed. Farmers in many Bihar districts are a worried lot as scanty monsoon rains have badly affected paddy sowing and triggered fears of a drought - just like last year.
Maheshwar Singh, a farmer in Aurangabad district, fears he will not be able to complete paddy sowing owing to parched farms. 'We are facing a lot of problems because it's not raining. Cracks have developed in the land. Only the rain god can save us,' he said.
Suhail Khan, a farmer in Gaya district, said there was fear that their paddy seeds would become dry if it didn't rain soon. 'We are praying for rain to save our livelihood,' Khan said.
Singh and Khan are two of the thousands of paddy and maize farmers in the districts of Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal, Nawada and parts of Patna who are worried and helpless as lack of rains have triggered fears that they may face another drought.
'These districts may be headed for another drought,' Bhagwan Bhaskar, a Left activist said.
To make matters worse, farmers are complaining that there is no water in the canals for irrigation. A large part of central Bihar is irrigated by water from Sone river and regulated through canals.
Monsoon normally hits the state between June 12 to June 14. While the rains have begun, they have been scanty.
The state has received 134.4 mm of rainfall against its requirement of 202.8 mm. The districts of Gaya, Aurangabad, Arwal, Jehanabad and parts of Patna have received nearly 33 mm of rainfall against 95 mm till date.
Official sources said paddy sowing was badly hit in the 26 districts declared drought-hit by the state government last year following poor rains.
According to the meteorological office, Bihar has recorded a rainfall deficit of 34 percent so far. 'A bad sign for the state and particularly for districts that faced drought last year,' an official said.
Last year, the state government declared 26 districts, including Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal and Nawada, drought hit following a rainfall deficit of 29 percent.
As this recent press report shows even after the installation of water pumps, it is far from the end of the story, The deep water pumps which go so far to help childrens health and improve the quality of life of villagers installed by People First, are regulary checked for purity, unlike the government pumps.The deeper you drill, the more likely the water will be pure.
Bhojpur (Bihar), May 23 (ANI): Press Report
Even as many people in the country are having a tough time to get a proper water supply this summer, many children in various parts of Bihar’s Bhojpur district has developed physical deformities due to contaminated water.
The water in the region allegedly contains elements such as arsenic.
The available water in this region has become a curse, as dozens of children are born here with several physical deformities; missing limbs or partial or complete blindness.
At least 30 children have been born blind in the past few years alone here.
There are many villages in the district where people are suffering from such congenital birth defects.
Lamenting callousness of the local authorities, members of the affected families narrate their plight.
"The child was born blind. It is due to the consumption of water containing arsenic. The government has taken no action regarding this. There is a bore-well in our village and we don't know why it is happening. The government is not paying attention to our problems," said Manjay Singh, father of a blind child.
Some villagers say that there has been no help forthcoming despite visit by some researchers to test the water.
According to local authorities, anything causing this problem in the region can be confirmed only after a thorough investigation.
"Whether it is due to the presence of arsenic in water or something else that is causing such deformities, it can only be found once it is investigated. It can also be due to lead that is found in water. It can also be that arsenic and lead are not present in the water and there are other reasons to it. It is an illness in itself and a developmental effect," said Kawshal Kishor Labh, the Civil Surgeon of Arrah city in Bhojpur district.
Doctors say that the number of children having congenital defects due to arsenic contamination in water may be much higher than presently known.
Water contamination by elements such as arsenic, sulphur, phosphorus, etc., in many parts of rural India has caused defects, deformities and chronic ailments in the locals.
According to a 1999 study by America's National Academy of Sciences, arsenic in drinking water causes bladder, lung and skin cancer, and may cause kidney and liver cancer. The study also found that arsenic harms the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as heart and blood vessels, and causes serious skin problems. It also may cause birth defects and reproductive problems.(ANI)
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