Help provide water to drought-struck villages in Maharashtra

Multiple districts in the western region of Maharashtra have been badly hit by one of worst droughts in the last 14 years. Right now, people in the western region do not have access to any natural sources of water. They are unable to have enough water to drink, cook and clean. They are completely dependent on an external source of water such as water tankers. It is our social responsibility to contribute our share, to care for our own people who are victims of drought.

A group of volunteers from "Solitaire CHS" (Dhanori), Pune have come up with an initiative to raise funds from all possible sources. They are associated with an Ahmednagar based NGO, WOTR (www.wotr.org), who is helping them in sending water tanks to drought affected villages of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. WOTR is a not-for-profit NGO that has been working on Watershed Development and Climate Change Adaptation since the past 23 years.

They have currently adopted three small tribal villages - Bhanganwadi, Rautwadi and Jadhavwadi of Parner taluka in the Ahmednagar district. (https://www.google.co.in/maps/@19.0451773,74.3562391,2092m/data=!3m1!1e3).
With the funds raised they can send water tankers to these villages for an entire month and help about 250 families survive this difficult phase, till the monsoons. Each tanker has a capacity of holding about 10,000 litres of water. The charge per tanker is around INR 2000-2500. With more funds, they will have the ability to support more villages in the Ahmednagar district. Please come forward and contribute to ensure that water reaches our people who are facing a very difficult situation.

WOTR is a registered NGO and raised funds will be handover to WOTR via DD/NEFT/Cheque to pay the water tanker vendors under volunteers close observation. You can reach out to Mr. Kushan Shrroff on +91-7720076924, if you have any query(ies) on this Initiative and/or NGO.
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20th June 2016
Dear Supporters,
 
I am Ibrahim, a Milaap Open Fellow. I recently got the opportunity to visit the three village hamlets, Jadhavwadi, Rautwadi, and Bhanganwadi, courtesy of Mr. Kushan Shroff and Mr. Thomas from WOTR( Watershed Organisation Trust).

First, I visited the hamlet Jadhavwadi. Jadhavwadi and Rautwadi are two hamlets of the same village and fall under the same Gram Panchayat. I met with the sarpanch, Mr. Jadhav and other senior villagers. They have expressed their sincere gratitude to the donors as they had been receiving regular tankers and their drinking water needs were finally being met on time. 
Previously, they had been totally dependent on the govt. supplied tankers. “Since we are a small voter base, govt. cares less about us. Hence, the tanker supply was very erratic, sometimes coming in only once a week,” said Mr. Jadhav. 

All in all the residents of Jadhavwadi needs 20,000 liters water per day for all needs including drinking water for their livestock too. The tankers that were supplied were of 10,000-litre quantity and came on a fixed schedule. The livestock were given water from the personal wells of the villagers, which was not suited for human consumption.
 
Water being filled in the well of Bhanganwadi village from a 20,000-litre tanker

Besides this temporary solution, the NGO WOTR and the villagers themselves are taking many steps to ensure that they are better prepared for such a drought the next time. Since these hamlets are situated in hilly areas, all the rainwater gets drained away without having sufficient time to percolate into the soil, thereby not replenishing underground water. Certain steps are being taken to recharge the groundwater storages. 

  
This is an earthen dam or a Bhoomigadh Bandhara. The water that is coming in from the hills will flow through this path, above the ground and underground. This dam is a structure wherein desilting work has been done, so when the water reaches here, it will get collected and stalled for a while, giving it enough time to percolate underground.

 
This above is a man-made pond. Before rainfall, this will be covered with a plastic sheet. Hence, it will collect the rainwater, which can be used at a later point in time, during December when there is no rainfall. They have outlets which connect to the adjoining farms.

 
The farmers here have started adopting the drip-irrigation system. Drip irrigation is a form of irrigation that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of many different plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters. This saves a lot of water. The pipes and tubes have been provided by WOTR.

 
The fields of the farmers here are on different vertical levels. During rainfall, not only does the water flow away, down these fields, it also takes away the precious and nutritious soil. To combat this, farmers have built small dams or bandhs. These are supposed to halt the flow of water downstream, allowing it to percolate underground and also prevent soil erosion. This would recharge the underground water level and provide water to the crops throughout the year.
 
Such kind of constructions are not only sustainable solutions to the drought problems, but they also provide employment opportunities to the local villagers in  tough times. “We’ve hired labourers from our village itself so that they can earn  some alternate income,” says the Sarpanch.
Same is  the case with the other two hamlets, where similar kinds of setups and constructions are taking place. This goes to show that the people of such drought hit areas have not given up and are ready to fight for their future. In fact, they are doing all they can in their power. The support of donors like you goes a long way in ensuring that their struggle yields a  fruitful result.

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