Thank you all so much for donating so generously to this appeal, so much so we can now start installing all the water pumps in all of the villages. The need is great and will transform the lives of many, not to mention the health benefits of good clean water.
We have decided after some thought to try for one more thing. All of our village schools already have a deep water hand pump except two. Due to your generosity we are almost there and therefore in order to fit the two pumps we need for the children at these schools we have extended the appeal target to $6,000 only.
We will not be further extending this target, but we will be publishing a follow up report in the next eight weeks or less with photographs so you can see for yourselves what you money has made possible.
And may God bless you!
Every penny you have so kindly given will be used only for this purpose, People First does not deduct any administration money for all our Global Giving projects.
May you all have a great 2012, full of peace and Joy!
With best wishes,
Dear Friends and Supporters,
First I want to thank you for the donations we have recieved since the last report for this important appeal.
The beauty of this appeal is that it offers a real opportunity to improve the lives of so many people, improve childrens health and really transform the daily routine of water fetching and carrying for so many women.
Clean Water is the single most important factor regarding health .
As you know we have raised $1,719 for this appeal at the time of writing this report and that each pump costs $500.
So we need just $281 more to start installing the much needed next pump.
Every dollar will only go towards the pump, nothing is deducted here in India, and we can start the process immediately.
We have some pictures of Water Pumps installed due to your help with this report.
This festive season why not gift a whole pump to village?, if you would like to name it in your familys name ,or in memory of someone let us know by writing to email@example.com and a picture of the installed pump with your name on it will be included in the next update.
But any donation no matter how small is most important to us and gratefully received.
Please keep updated about our work on our website and Facebook page, the links are below
With our heartfelt thanks and warm best wishes for the festive season,
Greetings to everyone.
We hope this update finds you all well!
In this update we thought we would include some photographs of some of the actual pumps you have provided with your kindness and generosity.
The monsoon for the first time has been, if not quite up the usual rainfall amounts, much better than the last two years of drought, and we hope the groundwater levels will have benefited.
This is what Pramilla Devi, mother of six children including four girls had to say," Before the new pump we had to carry water in pots and pans from a pool nearly a kilometre away. It was not so clean and often my children would fall ill" Now we have clean water right in the village, you can drink straight from the pump.. It has changed our whole lives!"
We would like to thank you for your support, and if you would like for example to hold an event to raise the $500 we need to install a pump and would to name it after someone just let us know by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a "Donate Now" section on our website with Direct Links to our projects on Global Giving
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With Best wishes to all of you and heartfelt gratitude ,
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Well the hot dry summer days are upon us. We often include up to date press reports which reflect current realities but you may rightfully ask, " What are you as an organization doing about it?" It is easy to say we are doing what we can.
But what does that actually mean on the ground?
The answer is we have installed directly from this appeal three deep water pumps, at a cost of 1500 dollars using a direct donation to meet the shortfall. One kind person actually donated $500 which provided a deep water pump within two weeks of the Trust receiving the funds, and transformed the lives of villagers. But thanks to all of you as any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated. If you would like to name a pump after a special person or family or organisation please let us know by e-mail , the address is on the GG pages and we will honour your pledge and send you photographs.
Our Health Team is dealing and treating villagers with heatstroke on a daily basis with temperatures reaching over 108F.
Please help us provide a much needed clean source of water in another village, your interest and your kind generosity are so much appreciated. We know times are hard economically, which makes your donation even more special.
This report is from CNN-IBN
New Delhi: In Bihar, it is only the capital city Patna which seems to have no crises as it gets over 90 per cent of the total power supply leaving rest of the state with power cuts, which sometimes extend to three to four consecutive days.
With only 10 per cent left for the rest of the state, a dozen districts including Muzzafarpur, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Sheikpura have seen violent protests and anger spilling on to the roads.
Meenakshi Mishra a protester said, "We have blocked the road to protest non availability of water and electricity and till we get them both we will continue to protest."
Of the total 800 MW supplied to Bihar, 375 is for essential services, of the remaining 425 MW, Patna gets 400 and rest of the state, gets only 25 MW.
The demand for electricity in rural Bihar is 1800 MW.
It is this skewed distribution of electricity that has made life of farmers like Umesh Singh a living hell. With no electricity in summers for three consecutive days, Singh says the irrigation canals have dried up and there is no power for the water pumps.
"We have been suffering from drought from last 2 years and It is very hot this year also, we haven't been able to get water for our crops. It could be drought-like situation. We are not able to get water from water pumps as there is no electricity." Singh said.
Even the government tube wells, which are supposed to be the emergency lifeline for irrigation, have gone dry due to non availability of power only adding to the farmers woes.
The power scene is grimmer since the state owned generations units at Kanti and Baruani are under up-gradation and contribute just 50 MW against their installed capacity of 1200 MW.
Hare Ram Pandey, Spokesperson, Bihar Electricity board said, "We have 2 no of 110 MW units, which are already more than 26 years old. It has outlived its life and considering its bad position, already R and M has been started."
The state leadership is blaming the Centre for creating a deliberate crisis and for the chief minister, who secured his second term by hard-selling roads and infrastructure, perhaps now, power or the lack of it will determine his political fate.
With Thanks for your support,
I have the good fortune to live near a river.
Last year for the first time in living memory last year it was a dry sandy bed during the rainy season. This followed on from a poor monsoon the previous year.
Working with our Health Team and in tandem with the appeal on Global Giving for a healthy meal programme for children we are doing our best to alleviate the effect of the drought.
We have for example provided with your help provided water pumps at two village schools, but our concern is great as the blistering hot summer days are almost upon us .We had previously provided new 5 deep water pumps which are saving lives due to your assistance. You are helping to transform and save lives.
This from news sources,it is not new but from last year, we are including it in this report because very little was done at grass roots level to alleviate the situation and NGO's have a vital role to play, working as they do directly with local people.
In Bihar, 28 districts have been declared as famine-hit.
After the meeting, Kumar told reporters that the Prime Minister gave him assurance of a visit by the central team to assess the situation.
"Bihar is facing severe drought-like situation and because of scanty rainfall we had to declare 28 out of 38 districts as drought-affected. Remaining 10 districts have also been kept under surveillance. If there is no rain in August we will have to declare these district also as drought affected," Kumar said.
The Bihar chief minister said that immediate financial assistance from the Centre is required to meet the situation in his state as "we have negative balance in state calamity relief fund".
The state government will need more funds to tackle the situation but that will be discussed with the Centre in second stage after provision is done for the initial assistance, he said.
"Right from 2007, we have been suffering from natural calamities. In 2007, 22 districts were badly hit by floods that affected 25 million people. In 2008, we had to face Kosi tragedy. Thereafter in 2009, 26 out of 38 districts were affected by drought. This year, intensity (of drought) is much more than the last year," he said.
Your assistance is so much appreciated.
It will be used directly and quickly at the point of need.
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