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Nimal Raghavan was 31 years old when he decided to put his career of 8 years behind him, and dedicate his life to the betterment of his beloved homeland. He had come home for a vacation from Dubai, where he was working as a software developer in a major bank. He arrived just in time to witness the devastation that cyclone Gaja would leave in its wake. 

The worst of disasters often bring out the best in some people. 

After Cyclone Gaja devastated the Cauvery delta in December 2018, 31-year-old R Nimal Raghavan of Nadiyam began a series of discussions in villages surrounding Peravurani on reversing the damage.


Nimal has spent the last year coming up with new ways to improve existing conditions for farmers. His efforts have ranged from starting viral social media trends to get people to take action, to conducting awareness workshops. 

"Every year we have to beg for water either from neighboring states (for Cauvery water) or from the Gods. We get only 50-60% of what we require, but then of that we end up losing nearly 150 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) of Cauvery water every year in the delta region alone. Because we don't have the proper means of storing and channeling so much water. Through the KAIFA initiative, we want to change this by renovating the reservoirs and local water bodies.

Nimal along with his friends and other like minded supporters visited many villages and united hundreds of farmers to bring about a sustainable solution to about the water crisis the farmers face each year in the Thanjavur and Pudukotai district of Tamil Nadu. Together they formed an organization named KAIFA - Kadaimadai Area Integrated Farmer's Association.


With 70 committed members and 270 WhatsApp members, the association began work on desilting Peravurani Lake, which occupies 564 acres and irrigates 6,000 acres of land. The initial corpus was just Rs 21,000, but as work gathered pace, money started trickling in. To ensure transparency, expenditure details are shared on the WhatsApp group daily. 


The key waterbody of this tier-III town, the Peravurani lake, situated about 75 km south of Thanjavur, presented a picture of neglect and misuse. . In less than three months, Nimal and many other youth of the area have helped deepen the lake, raise the height of the bund by 4-5 metres, form a bund on the northern side of the lake and widen the bund. Though the district administration and the Public Works Department (PWD) gave them the go-ahead without much hassle, the youth had to face scepticism from sections of elders in Peravurani and nearby areas. “While some made fun of us, others tried to discourage us, saying we will not be able to go on with our initiative beyond a week, as only the PWD was best equipped to do the work,” says Nimal. But these doubting Thomases relented when they witnessed the zeal with which the youth were carrying out their work. “We felt excited and privileged when the people of the Pongadu and Pazhaya Peravurani villages gave us their contributions – ₹1.8 lakh and ₹1.5 lakh, respectively,” Nimal adds. Today, it is showing signs of a revival, thanks to Nimal and his team of KAIFA.


Since its inception, KAIFA's work has led to the reduction of nearly 60 TMC of unnecessary water wastage. But they have a long way to go. They are now targeting the renovation of Grand Anaicut Canal itself, the primary source of Cauvery water for the delta region. If they succeed in their attempts, hundreds of villages in the Thanjavur and Pudukotai district area will receive ample water throughout the year, with significantly less water wastage. "Once that happens, and the fields start flourishing... and then harvest time rolls around... everyone will start appreciating our motherland the way she should be. That's all I want...", Nimal says.


Article in 'The Hindu" covers the work done by Nimal and his team:
Efforts of local youth raise the hope of a bumber crop


With your help, Nimal and his KAIFA team will be able to rejuvenate the big lake Peravurani and also clear up the Grand Anaicut Canal which has the potential to changes the lives of thousands of farmers in Tamil Nadu.
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16th October 2019


Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all the support that you have shown toward our cause. We are humbled and will forever be grateful for the love you have shown toward our campaign.

With the funds raised, we are working aggressively toward the completion of our work. The water level has been steadily increasing in the 564 acres of Peravurani Lake. The before and after video of the same is posted above. Besides this, we have also taken part in a tree plantation drive with Atlanticschool Peravurani. Attached below are photos from the drive that was held.
#PlantForKalam #KAIFA

Thank you for all the support once again.













Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all the support that you have shown toward our cause. We are humbled and will forever be grateful for the love you have shown toward our campaign.

With the funds raised, we are working aggressively toward the completion of our work. The water level has been steadily increasing in the 564 acres of Peravurani Lake. The before and after video of the same is posted above. Besides this, we have also taken part in a tree plantation drive with Atlanticschool Peravurani. Attached below are photos from the drive that was held.
#PlantForKalam #KAIFA

Thank you for all the support once again.











12th October 2019
Dear donors,

Thank you very much for your kind heart and care towards saving the reservoirs in our places. We are withdrawing funds to continue the ongoing desilt works in the below villages by our associated volunteers. Attached one sample letter request with this. All the other letters and bills will be uploaded as and when they are done.

Your donations have made us to take up rejuvenation work of lakes and canals with more aggressive than earlier. Thank you all again for your love towards our mission and reservoirs.

Places of Works:
1. Kothamangalam Village, Alangudi Taluk, Pudukkottai District
2. Neduvasal Village, Alangudi Taluk, Pudukkottai District
3. Ottangadu Village, Pattukkottai Taluk, Thanjavur District
4. Kalathur Village, Pattukkottai Taluk, Thanjavur District

With best regards and thanks,

Ramkumar, Nimal Ragavan & Team KAIFA.  
Dear donors,

Thank you very much for your kind heart and care towards saving the reservoirs in our places. We are withdrawing funds to continue the ongoing desilt works in the below villages by our associated volunteers. Attached one sample letter request with this. All the other letters and bills will be uploaded as and when they are done.

Your donations have made us to take up rejuvenation work of lakes and canals with more aggressive than earlier. Thank you all again for your love towards our mission and reservoirs.

Places of Works:
1. Kothamangalam Village, Alangudi Taluk, Pudukkottai District
2. Neduvasal Village, Alangudi Taluk, Pudukkottai District
3. Ottangadu Village, Pattukkottai Taluk, Thanjavur District
4. Kalathur Village, Pattukkottai Taluk, Thanjavur District

With best regards and thanks,

Ramkumar, Nimal Ragavan & Team KAIFA.  
4th October 2019

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​​​​Thank you, everyone, for all the support!

With your help, I can assure you that the farmers of the Cauvery delta region will bounce back strong. With the money raised, right now we are desilting the Peravurani lake, strengthening boundaries and renovating water channels in Kothamangalam Pudukkottai district.
We want to renovate and desilt channels that connect the Cauvery river and the different water bodies in the Kadaimadai area of the delta region. We will be further working on desilting the water bodies. For a JCB we're paying 800 for an hour, and for a tractor we are paying 2900 per day and for a Hitachi 210 we're paying 1600 per hour.  For working on 1 Km of a water canal, we require a Hitachi 210 for 10 hours. Water canals of more than 200 kms collectively need to be renovated and desilted in the Kadaimadai area which will cost around 32 lakhs. This will ensure that the Cauvery water reaches to the maximum number of farmers and helps in irrigation of the entire Kadaimadai area.
We need to purchase equipment which will reduce the cost of our desilting efforts and provide a permanent solution to rejuvenate our water bodies. We will be planting 25000 saplings, and 50000 palm seeds and maintain the saplings all over the Kadaimadai area. Saplings of height 6ft costs around 90 rupees. And saplings of 1-2 ft costs around 10-20 rupees. We mostly plant saplings of Pungan, Iluppai, Magizham, Neem and some fruit trees. Mostly we're planting saplings that helps to get rainfall. And saplings that helps to rejuvenate the ground water. Also, saplings which helps in attracting birds - that will create an eco-system again. For protecting a sapling we need fences around it.
We need your extended support to help us carry on our efforts to re-build the lives of the farmers in the Cauvery delta region.

Nimal Raghavan





​​​
​​​​Thank you, everyone, for all the support!

With your help, I can assure you that the farmers of the Cauvery delta region will bounce back strong. With the money raised, right now we are desilting the Peravurani lake, strengthening boundaries and renovating water channels in Kothamangalam Pudukkottai district.
We want to renovate and desilt channels that connect the Cauvery river and the different water bodies in the Kadaimadai area of the delta region. We will be further working on desilting the water bodies. For a JCB we're paying 800 for an hour, and for a tractor we are paying 2900 per day and for a Hitachi 210 we're paying 1600 per hour.  For working on 1 Km of a water canal, we require a Hitachi 210 for 10 hours. Water canals of more than 200 kms collectively need to be renovated and desilted in the Kadaimadai area which will cost around 32 lakhs. This will ensure that the Cauvery water reaches to the maximum number of farmers and helps in irrigation of the entire Kadaimadai area.
We need to purchase equipment which will reduce the cost of our desilting efforts and provide a permanent solution to rejuvenate our water bodies. We will be planting 25000 saplings, and 50000 palm seeds and maintain the saplings all over the Kadaimadai area. Saplings of height 6ft costs around 90 rupees. And saplings of 1-2 ft costs around 10-20 rupees. We mostly plant saplings of Pungan, Iluppai, Magizham, Neem and some fruit trees. Mostly we're planting saplings that helps to get rainfall. And saplings that helps to rejuvenate the ground water. Also, saplings which helps in attracting birds - that will create an eco-system again. For protecting a sapling we need fences around it.
We need your extended support to help us carry on our efforts to re-build the lives of the farmers in the Cauvery delta region.

Nimal Raghavan




Rs.3,468,735 raised

Goal: Rs.5,000,000

17 Days to go

Beneficiary: Kaifa info_outline

Supporters (2120)

A
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
SP
SHRUTI PATIL donated Rs.1,000
V
Vijayalakshmi donated Rs.2,500

Please keep up the great work. We will all support you

MF
MOHMEDSIRAJ FAKRUDDIN BICHUWALE donated Rs.25
MM
Madhav donated Rs.2,500

Keep up the great work

KR
KRISHNAJITH R PILLAI donated Rs.200