Help Kanheri village fight the Battle against Drought


I am Mohan Bhatkar, working as an Engineering Manager at Rakuten, an IT firm in Tokyo (Japan). My native place is Kanheri, a small village in Barshitakli taluka, Akola district in Maharastra state, India. I am running this campaign on behalf of all the villagers of Kanheri who are facing water crisis since last couple of years and who are equally motivated and dedicated to solve this problem.

People from my village, Kanheri are putting a tremendous effort to fight this battle against drought and we are collecting funds from various sources  to conduct below watershed development work for conserving water.

work category
water storage capacity per unit

number of units

cost per unit (INR)
total estimate (INR)
sources of fund
 soaking pit in every home
 80 litre (for home of 4  person)
 government scheme
 Continuous Contour Trenches
 5400 litre
 voluntary work
 Loose Boulder structures
 10 N/A
 voluntary work
 Dug Well and Tube Well Recharge
 voluntary work
 tree plantation
 donation from various nurseries
 Earthen dam construction
 (volume : 4m high * 6m wide *  500m long)
 7000000 litre
 donations from fundraiser(Milaap), private individuals and groups , resident and non  resident villagers

Most of the work will be done voluntarily by villagers but we need funds for JCB machinery, materials used for work and mainly construction of earthen dam (cost estimate ~5,00,000 INR) to store more than 70,00,000 litres of water.

A total of 2,12,500 INR is already collected with gracious contributions from many people in Japan and India. Your valuable addition to this will make a huge difference in solving this serious issue and saving the environment.

If you truly believe in this cause, please spread the message and contribute by donating on this page.

Check the full story by going  through below content. It won't take more than few minutes of your valuable time.

Many a times we simply blame government, nature or our surroundings for all the problems we face - including drought and water scarcity. But there are people, as well as government and non-government organizations that actually do something about these problems. It is my firm belief that India is making tremendous progress because of the drive and passion of such people and organizations.

I initially heard about a movement led by Paani foundation in coordination with the Government of Maharashtra from my younger brother, Sandip Bhatkar. The intent of this movement is to make the state of Maharashtra drought free. Sandip actually took this initiative for our village, and while
I felt proud that he is a part of this effort, I couldn't think about how I could potentially contribute to it.

On digging deeper into the issue, I was simply awestruck by the amount of effort put in by the Paani foundation team, government and all the villagers who are trying to solve the problem of water crisis. The idea of empowering people to solve water crisis by watershed management may seem challenging at first, but Paani foundation along with government has already done
this in pilot edition of Satyamev Jayate water cup in 2016. I am sure  Satyamev Jayate water cup 2017 will be a huge success as well!

From my village Kanheri, 5 people - Pravin Gaigol, Tulshiram lothe, Ram Tapre, Jyoti Nikole and Shantabai Bhatkar (my mother), have already taken training of watershed management conducted by Paani foundation for Satyamev Jayate water cup 2017. Many villagers have united to make our village drought free.

I feel uniting all the people in this movement is challenging but crucial to its success. In spite of being far away from my fellow villagers, I feel deeply about this effort and I am trying my best to help them.I and my younger brother are sharing this issue with as many people as we can in Japan and India, and we are highly motivated by the support and response we have gotten so far.

We have composed a short movie that highlights the water conservation work we have undertaken and the support we have gotten so far.
Please spare 5 minutes of your valuable time to watch the movie on the links below.

Kanheri water conservation work

Also check our social media awareness campaign and presentation for water conservation work on below links.
Facebook awareness campaign
Presentation for water conservation

Satyamev Jayate water cup 2017 will be held from 8th April to 22nd May, 2017. I salute the hard work being done by Paani foundation team, government, all the villagers who are the actual heroes of this movement and millions of people from different walks of life who have joined this movement.

Paani foundation does not provide any funds for this work since they want people from every village to take ownership and be self sufficient to solve this problem. So please help Kanheri village to become self sufficient in solving this water crisis.

Warm Regards,
Mohan Bhatkar
Engineering Manager, Rakuten Inc. Tokyo, Japan
email :
Tel : Japan(+818044013989) India(+919766238800)
Address(Japan) : yokohamashi, aobaku, aobadai, 1-9-2 311 Japan
Address(India) : At post. Kanheri sarap, Tq. Barshitakli, Dist. Akola, 444401 Maharashtra, India
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14th August 2017
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for believing in our water conservation initiative to make village Kanheri drought free. Your generous support has made a huge difference in the lives of more than 8000 people. 

It is indeed a great feeling that all these people hopefully will not face water scarcity problem for many years to come.

Heartfelt thanks for being the reason behind the smile of so many people.

Thank you for making this change possible!
Many Kudos to you!

Warm Regards,
Mohan Bhatkar
Engineering Manager, Rakuten Inc. Tokyo, Japan
11th June 2017

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you for helping my village Kanheri eradicate the drought situation. With your generous support we have done a great job and I would like to share the update about it.

In watershed development work by human resource and by machinery we have created a water storage of more than 70000 cubic meter
(70000000 litres of water).

When we started we did not think we could achieve this but with all your support we have taken this work to a big scale and we hope to harvest as much rainwater as possible this year and solve the water crisis problem completely.

Please check below before and after images of the watershed development work.

1) Widening and deepening of river to expand water storage capacity

2) Construction of dam to stop the water flow in river

3) Construction of effective water storing Continuous Contour Trenches

We are confident that all our hard work supported by you will result into a great success. In the very first rain of this season we have seen the glimpse of watershed development work effects.

Please check small video clip below.

Once again I am really thankful to you for believing in our initiative and commitment. Your generous support has strengthened my belief in humanity and your contribution definitely has made impact on many lives.

Many Kudos to you!

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9th May 2017

First of all I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the people who have contributed to this cause. With the support we have received so far we are working very hard to make our village Kanheri drought free.

The construction of a dam to store more than 7000000 litres of water is in full swing. Please check pics below.

1) Widening and deepening of river to expand water storage capacity

2) Beginning of dam construction work

3) Laying down the foundation of dam

All the efforts of village Kanheri were aired on Satyamev Jayate Marathi show on 6th May, 2017. Please check below video.

Impressed by this people movement director of Satyamev Jayate show and CEO of Paani foundation Mr. Satyajit Bhatkal visited Kanheri village and boosted the morale of all people fighting this battle against drought.

With all your support I am very sure that we will be able to eradicate the drought situation completely.

We will keep posting the updates.

Warm Regards,
Mohan Bhatkar
Engineering Manager, Rakuten Inc. Tokyo, Japan
email :
Tel : Japan(+818044013989) India(+919766238800)
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raised of Rs.250,000 goal

15 Supporters

Beneficiary: Village Kanheri info_outline

Supporters (15)

jagadeesh donated Rs.1,000
over 1 year ago

Mohan Bhatkar thanks for providing the opportunity to donate

Bharat donated US $100
over 1 year ago
Benno donated US $150
over 1 year ago
A donated Rs.2,500
over 1 year ago

All the best Kanheri, to fight against drought!

Sachin donated Rs.500
over 1 year ago

Great work by Kanheri Sarap villagers. Best Luck!!

Sagar donated US $25
over 1 year ago