With support through Global Giving, we have raised over $6,600 towards the installation and launch of sustainable community water purification systems in 2 villages in India – Pochampalli and Katrapalli. We also are moving forward with plans for a new site, in the village of Kothapalligori.
Our Safe Water Network stations are responding directly to the urgent need for safe water and helping improve the health and livelihood for the poorest of the poor in under-served communities in remote villages in India. We are helping provide equitable and fair access to safe water and ensuring that this access is sustainable over time. In these villages, we are training local operators, providing hygiene education for safe handling of water, and facilitating funding to advance local ownership to help these communities become fully invested in their success.
These projects are vital to our goal to provide safe water to over 8,000 people in low-income areas in the state of Andhra Pradesh. They also are integral to Safe Water Network’s larger-scale impact plan to serve a million more people in rural and poor areas in India in need of safe water.
UPDATE ON POCHAMPALLI SITE
Since the launch of this site in November 22, 2010, Safe Water Network has achieved a 57% household adoption rate. In May alone, the station sold over 44,210 liters of purified water to the community. To ensure that the community continues to participate in this success, we are training local operators and providing hygiene education for the safe handling of water.
UPDATE ON KATRAPALLI SITE
There has been considerable progress since the launch of this second safe water station on January 30, 2011. In just 4 months, Safe Water Network has achieved a 59% household penetration rate. Approximately 405 households in the village and in nearby hamlets of Rajupally, Sadnapally, and Noorjahanpally are buying and using clean water provided by this safe water station. In May alone, the station sold over 59,840 liters of purified water to the community.
NEW SITE TO BE LAUNCHED: KOTHAPALLIGORI
In July 2011, Safe Water Network will launch a third site in collaboration with the community in the village of Kothapalligori. Significant progress has been made to date to prepare for the installation of this safe water station, including community mobilization, completion of civil works, and technology selection.
Thank you very much for the continued support from our Global Giving network of friends and families. Your generosity to these safe water projects is contributing to the health and livelihood of these poor and rural communities. Because of you, children are staying in school and concentrating on their studies, and men and women are helping families and societies grow stronger and more self-sufficient.