Hope the new year is coming along all well for all of you !! We at SNS Foundation have began the year by a 5 member team visiting all sites of intervention in the past year, so that we could better analyze our working style, areas of improvement and better plan forthcoming interventions and above all hear from people directly how having enhanced acces to water have impacted their lives.............
Our first stop was the last site of intervention in the previous year, Village Belpali. Just to recap, in this village you had supported the construction of a drinking water tank and had it connected to the village well. The water from the tank is made available in the village by way of 14 standpipes/standposts. Women reported that from spending 2.5 hours everyday for collecting water, they would now be devoting about 30 mins for this activity. Additional time available will be spent on economic activities such as farming. One of them specifically shared that she strongly expects that being able to spend extra hours in the field, would result in increased production of rice (which is sold in the market) from 4 quintals to 16 quintals, likewise impacting the family's monthly income.(Photos 1 to 3)
Our next stop, was the check dam at Village Jhambulpada. With water from the monsoon season still available the place was bustling with activity as womenfolk from nearby villages had gathered to wash clothes and cattle came down to drink water. Women shared that with greater availability of water washing clothes had become a daily activity requiring half an hour of their time from one they performed every 3 days and spent nothing less than 2 hours, also having to walk some 3-4 kms. (Photo 4)
Interactions with people at the pond of Kharset Village was even more heartening. You had helped clean this pond after 25 years. Women washing clothes shared that earlier they had no option but to wash their clothes in the pond, though it emitted a foul smell. The clothes also caught on the smell, but now it was a completely different situation. Also the health of their cattle have improved. Earlier drinking the contaminated water of the pond, they frequently suffered from dysentery. (Photo 5)
Plan 2013-14: These changes in the lives of people whose voices have never been heard before...........weren't possible but for your unconditional support to the cause. In the new year we plan to reach out to 5 more villages viz.
1. PANGULGHAR: An innovative attempt would be made by constructing a check dam by using used tyres in this village. Benefit would be shared between 1885 human population and about 530 cattle
2. BEHEDPADA: Digging of a borewell for drinking water supply is likely to benefit 715 people of this village as well as 520 of the neighbouring village of Kamatapada.
3. SADADPANA: This would be a relatively large scale project requiring both horizontal and vertical deepening of the existing well, reconstruction of the boundary wall and laying of pipeline for drawing well water into the village
4. KARANZPANI: Presently there exists a part of an old well which is the source of water for not only this village but 3 more surrounding ones. The request here is similar to that of Village Sadadpana expect that there would be no pipeline connection but complete repair, redigging and reconstruction of the well.
We hope to have your continued support as we move on in our journey of enahncing access to water for the main voiceless...............
The very best wishes for a delightful year ahead.........
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