To date, 376 women have received life skills education through the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. in Community program in Thimmampalli, India; however these women and their communities today face a shortage of water for their basic household needs. Through the funds raised on this campaign, we will temporarily provide clean water from a different source and establish a long-term solution to recharge ground water.
Thimmampalli and its surrounding areas are semi-arid and drought-prone. Ground water is contaminated by fluoride and has to be treated to make it safe for drinking and cooking. Over the last few months, ground water sources have run dry and, as a result, the water treatment plant is not functional. Women who participated in the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. in Community program and their communities are being severely impacted by the water shortage.
We will temporarily address the drinking water needs by piping in water from a distant ground water source. This water will be brought to the water filtration plant for treatment and then supplied to the communities. We will simultaneously begin working on re-charging local ground water, which includes leveling catchment areas and building check dams. The rainy season is just a few months away, and this will allow for the rain water to be conserved.
The immediate need for clean drinking water will be addressed in Thimmampalli, which has a population of 8,000. With ground water recharging in five locations, water sources for both household and agricultural purposes will improve for these 8,000 people as well as neighboring communities (approximately an additional 18000 people) who rely on clean water from this and four other filtration plants in the region.