Hope you are all doing well and eagerly waiting for days to become longer as change of season knocks on our doors!!
Much awaited of all GlobalGiving Events, the Bonus Day is around the corner wherein there's the chance for all of us to strengthen the value of our donations - on Wednesday, March 13th beginning 18:30 hours IST and 9:30 AM EDT (US Time Zone), Global Giving will be matching all donations by 30%. At SNS Foundation, our collections for this Bonus Day will be used for the reconstruction of a well (currently only 5feet) in Village Karanjpani with 115 Families. More Details and an attached presentation about this village later in the report.
First a focus on how things are developing in villages which have to some extent had their water woes resolved........... Being in a position to help others does fill one with a sense of fulfillment. I am sure all of you felt the same way being able to contribute to SNS Foundation’s efforts of enhancing access to water for tribal families in rural Nasik, Maharashtra State, India. Pause……….then how would it feel to know that people you reached out to support are now being able to take charge of their own lives. I am sure it is a WOW!! With a big smile running across your face : )
Village Belpali, where your donations were used to construct a 10,000 litres drinking water tank, draw a pipeline connection from the well to the tank and have the water distributed across the village by way of stand posts now has in position a village body constituting mainly of women. This administrative body has decided for each of the 62 households in the village to contribute INR 40 (approx. 77 cents) towards the maintenance of this drinking water facility. With contributions coming in the village is now ready to pay its first community electricity bill of INR 4000 for its first month of daily operation (US $ 78) – charges incurred for daily running of the water pump for drawing water from the well to the tank. Isn’t it a sign of solidarity amongst all residents of the village – an example of Many in Body, One in Mind?
This pattern of having in position administrative bodies in the 4 other villages where interventions have been made to enhance access to water is strongly taking hold. These administrative bodies convince the households to decide on an amount for monthly contribution usually of very small denomination in between INR 10 -50 (20 cents to USD 1) with the aim of building a maintenance fund for the water structures put in place. The amounts are deposited into a bank account opened in the name of the administrative body.
With self-sustenance and self-reliance creeping into villages where the issue of lack of access to water has been largely, addressed SNS Foundation has decided to move to its next site for similar intervention – Village Karanjpani.
Village Karanjpani along with adjoining 3 small villages is inhabited by 115 families. One full-fledged well and another broken one with only 5 feet of water in it are the only two nearby sources of water for these 115 families. By February end, these two sources also largely dry up forcing the women to walk longer distances.
When SNS Foundation team visited Karanjpani in the end of January 2013, villagers urged them to support the re-construction of the broken well. A short ppt. with photographs of the broken well and the budget required for its re-construction have also been uploaded.
‘THIS BONUS DAY ON GLOBAL GIVING, WHEREIN YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS GET MATCHED BY 30% BY GLOBAL GIVING, PLEASE OPEN YOUR HEARTS TO THE RESIDENTS OF KARANJPANI’
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