Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India

by Friends of Tilonia, Inc.
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Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
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Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India
Provide Clean Drinking Water for a School in India

 

Dear friends, 

As supporters of our clean drinking water project, we want to share our annual report on all of the water projects of the Barefoot College Tilonia this past year. These projects include:

• construction of reservoirs, or naadis, to capture rainwater for ground water recharge in Khatoli and Kadampura villages.  The rainwater recharges wells used for drinking water as well as irrigation.

solar-powered reverse osmosis (RO) plants in the Palladi, Singla and Dhanau villages in Rajasthan.  The RO process removes salt, fluoride and other effluent materials making the saline water potable. 

The operation and maintenance of RO plants and rainwater harvesting systems is supervised by the Neerjaal team of the Barefoot College Tilonia.  

Neerjaal is a village-based water monitoring and mapping service to help manage scarce water resources at the community level.  Neerjaal includes mapping and testing of more than 1,000 water sources in 200 villages of more than 200,000 people.

To learn more, visit www.barefootcollegetilonia.org.

We appreciate your continued support for the Barefoot College Tilonia and our village-based programs. 

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Dear friends,

 

As supporters of our project, you know that the rainwater harvesting program of the Barefoot College is a sustainable solution to the extreme shortage of clean drinking water sources in rural Rajasthan, India. Rains are often undependable and ground water has unhealthy levels of arsenic or fluoride, and in many areas is too saline to drink. Rainwater - as a direct source of potable water when filtered - can be collected from the rooftops of schools and stored in underground storage tanks. Communities contribute to constructing the system.

 

The Barefoot College of Tilonia also works with local communities to capturing rainwater for other uses as well. Construction of check dams, channels and reservoirs create rainwater harvesting systems that channel the water to ponds or wells for use in irrigating fields or watering animals. Local communities work together for to construct these rainwater harvesting systems. This short video, Rainwater Harvesting, Khatoli Project, introduces you to this approach to water conservation.

 

Thank you for your support for capturing rainwater.  We appreciate it.

 

Best,

Ellen Fish

Friends of Tilonia, Inc.

 

 

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Clean drinking water for school children in India
Clean drinking water for school children in India

Dear friends, 

Rainwater harvesting systems at schools and other community buildings are just one of the many ways that the Barefoot College of Tilonia works to expand access to water in drought-prone Rajasthan, India.

Water Scarcity

Rural communities throughout India and the rest of the southern hemisphere often suffer from water scarcity, droughts and a lack of clean water sources for sanitation, drinking and cooking. Barefoot College has been providing sustainable, community-based solutions to these challenges while guided by five key principles for more than four decades:

  • decentralization of water sources
  • replenishment of water tables
  • participation of rural communities in implementation
  • reduced dependency on external aid
  • fair treatment of women and children who are affected by water scarcity the most

Why Rainwater?

Barefoot College believes that every drop of fresh water that falls on the ground, especially in developing regions, should be harvested for use. Rather than wasting water that runs off rooftops and along streets, we combine traditional harvesting practices with new technologies to make water accessible, clean and safe to drink. We do not have to rely on wells and unpredictable groundwater levels to provide potable water to hundreds of thousands of people in need.

Of all the water solutions that the Barefoot College has tried and tested, rainwater harvesting has been the most sustainable and effective. Rainwater harvesting is a low cost method with maximum benefits. It provides clean, potable drinking water for villages, irrigates fields and sustains livestock—all important criteria for communities that depend on agriculture and animal husbandry.

Barefoot College has implemented community-based solutions to address water scarcity including:

  • rainwater harvesting systems
  • rural check dams
  • groundwater recharge from rain cachement in local wells and ponds
  • solar-powered reverse osmosis water desalination plants

Did You Know?

When water for family needs is readily available at school, more families send their girls to school. Collecting water from a local well or pond in rural Rajasthan is most often a household chore assigned to the girls in each family.  When these girls can collect clean drinking water at school, more girls attend school. Access to water can be as important as availability of water and have an impact on health, hygiene and education.

Your Impact

We thank you for your support in 2020 to provide clean drinking water for children and their families in rural Rajasthan through this project.

With support from people like you over the past four decades, the Barefoot College has helped rural communities construct more than 1,600 rainwater harvesting systems which collect more than billion liters of clean drinking water and benefit more than 2 million people.

You can continue your impact this year. Please consider renewing your support for 2021.

Wishing you all the best for the new year ahead. 

Thank you,

Ellen Fish
Friends of Tilonia, Inc.

Completed rainwater system
Completed rainwater system
Clean drinking water for school girls
Clean drinking water for school girls

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Ellen Fish
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