Women at the old water source
A special thank you again for your diligence in raising $6,500 for the Blue Planet Network member Watershed Organizational Trust (WOTR). These funds can now be distributed to WOTR who will begin the ground work to build a new water well, a 7,500-liter storage tank and several toilets that will serve the poverty stricken hamlet of Pawarvasti. The 139 residents will now have a sustainable source of clean water in order to lead healthier, more productive lives.
Here is a clip of an interview with Sonali Pawar. Sonali is a young girl from Pawarvasti, one of three hamlets comprising the Darewadi village, whom you have directly helped!
Sonali Pawar: Hi, my name is Sonali Shankar Pawar and I am an 11-year-old in the 4th grade. In order to attend school, I have to live with my grandfather and grandmother, and my younger brother, Ajay, in the Darewadi village. My parents are staying a few hours away in the City of Sangamner because they are both working as labors in the brick factory. Since my grandparents are old and they have to go for labor work every morning, I help to fetch water many times a day from a faraway well. I go every morning, usually making two trips, which takes me about one or two hours. Then I have to make another trip in the evening walking for about 30-45 minutes. Sometimes I miss school because of these trips and other times it makes it very difficult to study before class. It's also hard in the evening to study since we always have to fetch water. But even when the power is cut or when there is no home light, we still try to study using a kerosene lamp. It would make it easier for us if we had water close-by so we could study and attend school.
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Thank you all again for your heartfelt support. We will continue to work with our network of NGO members to give you direct access to meaningful water and sanitation projects that yield immediate benefits and the opportunity to live the better life we all know is possible!