Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families

by RED International
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Access to Water for 500 Rural Indian Families
Keep the WaterWheels Rolling with DFN
Keep the WaterWheels Rolling with DFN

RED International will cease operations from the end of 2017. However, our sister organisation Dalit Freedom Network (DFN) in the USA are in now process of joining GlobalGiving. You can support them in that process here  New WaterWheel Project page

DFN also support the work of our partner in India, OMIF. All RED International's India connected projects with GlobalGiving are transferring over to DFN.

For more information regarding RED International's closure please see this link - Important Announcement

DFN have updated the WaterWheel project as they seek to secure a permanent place with GlobalGiving. They need to raise at least $5,000 for the WaterWheel Project from 40 unique donors by the 31st December 2017. Donations can be made at this link from next Tuesday 28th November 2017. New WaterWheel Project page

We are incredibly grateful for the support you have given to the WaterWheel project in India over the last three years enabling more than 600 families to have access to a WaterWheel to help them with their daily water needs.

As RED International closes I would like to invite you to help us ensure that this project can continue delivering WaterWheels to families in Rural India in 2018.

Please consider donating to the new DFN WaterWheel project page to help relaunch the project under DFN in the USA. If everyone who has supported the WaterWheel project so far gave £10 or $10 through the new project page that would go a long way in helping DFN secure their place with GlobalGiving. This would also enable our partner in India to improve access to water for more families in rural India.  Donations can be made from Tuesday 28th November 2017 at the link below.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/access-to-water-for-500-rural-indian-families/

Please also remember to share about the project with your friends, family and those you relate to on social media. Help DFN get more families Rolling with a WaterWheel in India in 2018.

RED International owes the greatest debt of gratitude to all those individuals and organisations who have supported projects over the last 12 years through donations and sponsored events. The funds which have been given to support many different projects have made a lasting impact, transforming lives and communities among the poor and marginalised. RED International and our partners want to thank all those who have joined with us to make this possible.

Thank you again for your faithful support of this project through RED International. Please continue to support the project through DFN as they seek to raise at least $5,000 for the WaterWheel Project from 40 unique donors before the 31st December 2017.  You can support the project here New WaterWheel Donation page

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A long road made shorter
A long road made shorter

OMIF with the help of Red International helped 675 women in drought-ravaged areas of arid regions of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and West Bengal, over two years.  These women used to carry water for their domestic use from the source to their homes in water pots holding them over their heads or shoulders or hips.  OMIF and Red International successfully shifted such weights of water loads from the physical bodies of these women to their WaterWheels which are water barrels in the form of hollow wheels that accommodate water and facilitate moving them like a cart, as shown in the pictures below. 

These simple machines have transformed lives and communities.

Rutuja* lives with her family of six people in one of the driest desert regions of Rajasthan state.  Till she received one of the WaterWheels, she used to be bear the load of carrying water on her body as if she was one of the farm animals meant to carry cargo.  It’s hard to imagine the ordeal Rutuja was going through trying to meet the requirements of water for family before she got her WaterWheel.  She had to make sure that her family had enough water for all their washing, and bathing requirements.  If it was through water pots like before, she had to make a few trips up to the water source and back to her home carrying at least two water pots each of 10 to 15 litres. Each such trip covered four to five miles. The glee that came to Rutuja and her family when they were blessed with this simple but effective machine, only they can tell.     

 Where ever we distributed the WaterWheel, the story we heard is the similarity that the day-to-day life of women is full of tedious household routines. The women, homemaker of a family, get to work right from daybreak and would only rest her aching back close to midnight. We are very happy to help these women with this simple innovation.

 Thank you so much for your partnership in transforming these women’s lives. Please continue to share this simple but powerful way to help communities with your friends.

 *name changed

WaterWheel distribution in West Bengal
WaterWheel distribution in West Bengal
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WaterWheels being distributed to Durgapur
WaterWheels being distributed to Durgapur

With to your support RED International’s partner, RED International’s partner in India, Good Shepherd Economic Development (GSED) have provided over 600 WaterWheels to Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Wello India was able to transfer the production rights of their WaterWheels to India’s largest plastic manufacturer, Nilkamal Ltd. This keeps costs down as they can manufacture in bulk and easily distribute through their nationwide network. Thanks to funds raised through GlobalGiving in 2016, GSED were able to order 300 WaterWheels from Nilkamal. In June 2017 they received 200 units for West Bengal to go to Jalpaiguri, Durgapur and Thakuranichak. A further 100 units will go to Rajasthan.

This year the monsoon was earlier than expected. Due to this the distribution of WaterWheels was not done completely as last year. At the same time, this summer in West Bengal drought affected 28 lakh people. This is an enormous help to women who have to travel long distances to get water.

Thank you so much for your support. Your gift really does go a long way to helping women get water in rural India.

Wednesday July 12th is GlobalGiving's Rewards Bonus Day. Being rated as a Superstar organisation means RED International will receive 50% matching funds on all gifts and 100% on new recurring gifts to support our access to water for rural families in India project. While funds last, starting at 2 pm BST (9 am EDT in the US) until 4:59 am BST the morning after (11:59 pm EDT). Put a reminder in your diary now and please share with your crowd of contacts and help make crowdfunding happen!

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Walking 20k for water is enough of a challenge
Walking 20k for water is enough of a challenge

A village on the borders of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh states in North India wanted to hold a Christian convention at the end of March for three days.  They requested the local self-governing body, the village’s panchayat, to make necessary arrangements for water provision.  The villagers get their water supplies by walking up to 10 kilometres each way carrying it on their heads which is a health hazard. Assistance therefore from the local leaders was essential to being able to hold their meeting. Unfortunately the panchayat were unable to help.

Thankfully RED International's partner in India, OMIF, had already distributed 200 waterwheels in and around the village to help the women bring water in easy way by using WaterWheels.  They encouraged people with the WaterWheels to bring water for the program. They wouldn’t have been able to provide for the convention and their personal needs without the WaterWheels. Thanks to your support the WaterWheels helped to bring water for cooking and drinking for more than 200 people.

Walking 20k to get water is enough of a challenge. Thank you for helping to not only make daily chores much easier but also allowing this community to celebrate life together.

WaterWheels used to bring water for the convention
WaterWheels used to bring water for the convention
Villagers were able to hold their convention
Villagers were able to hold their convention
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Looking back and rolling forward
Looking back and rolling forward

In 2016 India faced one of its worst droughts in recent memory and official estimates suggest that at least 330 million people were affected by acute shortage of water. It seems that this trend will only continue. Helping 500 families may seem like a drop in a bucket when you look at the scale of the challenge that faces people in India.

Thanks to your support we are very close to reaching our current goal to provide access to WaterWheels to 500 families in rural India.

This has made an enormous difference in their lives. Access to water is crucial but the WaterWheels provide so much more. Collection is physically easier. Larger amounts of water can be collected in one go meaning less time given to this task and the opportunity to spend more time creating income. When you're having to walk 3-7km a day to collect it that's huge. As well as physical, financial & logistical barriers, WaterWheels have broken down social barriers too. Water has also been traditionally collected by women. With a handy gadget now available that's not backbreaking to use, collecting water has become more acceptable for men to be involved in too.

You can read and see the difference a WaterWheel made in the life of Narmada in the link below.

You are also part of the bigger story where Wello is making headloading History.

Thanks to the generous support of many donors including you, we helped Wello make headloading history in 2016. Over the past 12 months, Wello have delivered over 10,000 WaterWheels, making a difference in the lives of over 60,000 people across India, Pakistan, Malawi, Zambia, Bangladesh and Haiti. 

It is almost three years since RED International started to work with Wello and raise funds through GlobalGiving for the WaterWheel project in India.

Thanks to your generous support RED International and our partner were able to supply 70 families in Rajasthan with WaterWheels from the first production run in May 2015. In January 2016 a further 30 WaterWheels where made available to families from these rural communities.

Then in April 2016 we were able to order 275 WaterWheels to be distributed to different communities across India:

  • 100 more were sent to Rajasthan
  • 100 were sent to communities severely affected by the drought, 50 to Maharashtra and 50 to West Bengal
  • 20 were sent to two communities in Karnataka
  • 25 were sent to Tamil Nadu and given to people living with AIDS or families whose lives have been impacted by HIV and AIDS.
  • 5 were sent to Uttar Pradesh 4 of which were provided families from one community (pictured below).
  • 25 were sent to our partner's head office in Telangana for local projects and trials there.

Thank you again for your generous support through GlobalGiving which has meant we have been able to provide over 350 families with a WaterWheel to improve their access to water.

We continue to work closely with Wello and their manufacturing partners in India. RED International along with Good Shepherd Community Development are working on plans for 2017 and will use the funds we currently have on hand and those we received in the near future to place another bulk order for WaterWheels in the next few months.

Some of the distributions in 2016 were trials in new areas and we hope to be able to build on those in 2017 so that we can help even more families in 2017.

We would be grateful if you would continue to share this project with your friend and contact so that together we can transform more lives.

Thank you again for being part of this simple but life changing work.

Together let's make headloading history.

WaterWheels Distributed in Uttar Pradesh
WaterWheels Distributed in Uttar Pradesh

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