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Help our Farmers to restore the reservoirs



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.


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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13th November 2019
தஞ்சாவூர் மாவட்டம் பட்டுக்கோட்டை வட்டம் கிருஷ்ணாபுரம் கிராமத்தில் உள்ள ஆதி திராவிடர் குளத்திற்கு காவிரி நீரை கொண்டு செல்லும் பணிகள் இன்று 13/11/2019 இனிதே தொடங்கப்பட்டது..
GA canal முதல் ஆதி திராவிடர் குளம் வரை உள்ள 1.1 km நீர் வரத்து வாய்க்கால் சீர் செய்யும் பணிகள் இன்று நடந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது..
நிதி உதவிகள் செய்த மிலாப் நிறுவனத்திற்கு கோடான கோடி நன்றிகள்🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
எங்களுக்கு தோளுக்கு தோளாக களத்தில் நிற்கும் களத்தூர் உயிர்துளி பாதுகாப்பு குழு நண்பர்களுக்கும், நெடுவசல் SPM இளைஞர் மன்றம் நண்பர்களுக்கும் நன்றிகள்🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 KAIFA கடைமடைப் பகுதி ஒருங்கிணைந்த விவசாயிகள் சங்கம்.

                                                                                                                                       

Happy to share that we have initiated works on channelizing the waterway between River Cauvery and Adi Dravidar lake of Krishnapuram village in Pattukotai taluk, Thanjavur district successfully today (13/11/2019).
Rectifying the ways between GA Canal and Adi Dravidar lake which is 1.1 km is in progress.
We extend our thanks to Milaap who helped financially to execute this project.
Our due thanks to friends of Kalathur Uyirthuzhi Pathukappu Kuzhu and Neduvasal SPM Youth Club, who stood by us close together.
❤️❤️❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
#Kaifa #GACanal
The works that are taking cauvery water to adi dravida pond in been village of thanjavur district, Thanjavur District, thanjavur district has started today 13/11/2019..
The 1.1 km water supply works are going on today from ga canal to adi dravida pond..
Millions of thanks to the millennium company who has done financial assistance 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Thanks to all the friends and friends and friends of neṭuvacal lives youth club friends who are standing in the field for our shoulder 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
KAIFA கடைமடைப் பகுதி ஒருங்கிணைந்த விவசாயிகள் சங்கம்.

Happy to share that we have initiated works on channelizing the waterway between River Cauvery and Adi Dravidar lake of Krishnapuram village in Pattukotai taluk, Thanjavur district successfully today (13/11/2019).

Rectifying the ways between GA Canal and Adi Dravidar lake which is 1.1 km is in progress.

We extend our thanks to Milaap who helped financially to execute this project.
Our due thanks to friends of Kalathur Uyirthuzhi Pathukappu Kuzhu and Neduvasal SPM Youth Club, who stood by us close together.




























தஞ்சாவூர் மாவட்டம் பட்டுக்கோட்டை வட்டம் கிருஷ்ணாபுரம் கிராமத்தில் உள்ள ஆதி திராவிடர் குளத்திற்கு காவிரி நீரை கொண்டு செல்லும் பணிகள் இன்று 13/11/2019 இனிதே தொடங்கப்பட்டது..
GA canal முதல் ஆதி திராவிடர் குளம் வரை உள்ள 1.1 km நீர் வரத்து வாய்க்கால் சீர் செய்யும் பணிகள் இன்று நடந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது..
நிதி உதவிகள் செய்த மிலாப் நிறுவனத்திற்கு கோடான கோடி நன்றிகள்🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
எங்களுக்கு தோளுக்கு தோளாக களத்தில் நிற்கும் களத்தூர் உயிர்துளி பாதுகாப்பு குழு நண்பர்களுக்கும், நெடுவசல் SPM இளைஞர் மன்றம் நண்பர்களுக்கும் நன்றிகள்🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 KAIFA கடைமடைப் பகுதி ஒருங்கிணைந்த விவசாயிகள் சங்கம்.

                                                                                                                                       

Happy to share that we have initiated works on channelizing the waterway between River Cauvery and Adi Dravidar lake of Krishnapuram village in Pattukotai taluk, Thanjavur district successfully today (13/11/2019).
Rectifying the ways between GA Canal and Adi Dravidar lake which is 1.1 km is in progress.
We extend our thanks to Milaap who helped financially to execute this project.
Our due thanks to friends of Kalathur Uyirthuzhi Pathukappu Kuzhu and Neduvasal SPM Youth Club, who stood by us close together.
❤️❤️❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
#Kaifa #GACanal
The works that are taking cauvery water to adi dravida pond in been village of thanjavur district, Thanjavur District, thanjavur district has started today 13/11/2019..
The 1.1 km water supply works are going on today from ga canal to adi dravida pond..
Millions of thanks to the millennium company who has done financial assistance 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Thanks to all the friends and friends and friends of neṭuvacal lives youth club friends who are standing in the field for our shoulder 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
KAIFA கடைமடைப் பகுதி ஒருங்கிணைந்த விவசாயிகள் சங்கம்.

Happy to share that we have initiated works on channelizing the waterway between River Cauvery and Adi Dravidar lake of Krishnapuram village in Pattukotai taluk, Thanjavur district successfully today (13/11/2019).

Rectifying the ways between GA Canal and Adi Dravidar lake which is 1.1 km is in progress.

We extend our thanks to Milaap who helped financially to execute this project.
Our due thanks to friends of Kalathur Uyirthuzhi Pathukappu Kuzhu and Neduvasal SPM Youth Club, who stood by us close together.




























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.  
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Rs.8,475 raised

Goal: Rs.100,000

Beneficiary: Kaifa info_outline

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Saravanan donated $25

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Velmurugan donated $25

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madhu donated Rs.2,500

this is the kind of initiative we need throughout India

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