As the scorching summer season peaks at Hasachipatti village near Matheran, not only do the 88 Adivasi households with 400+ residents need to deal with the unprecedented spread of Covid, the loss of their livelihoods and near zero access to healthcare, they have also completely run out of water!
Unfortunately, the 2 village wells are absolutely dry, and due to the inaccessible terrain of the village, it is impossible to bring in tanker water.
While the men go off looking for work every morning, the women and children of the village are forced to endure a 4 hour trek up and down the mountain to the next village, with heavy water jugs, to sustain their families. With the 40+ degree heat, this is a backbreaking and tiring routine that they must endure daily, sometimes multiple trips in a day, to quench the thirst of their families and cattle.
Fortunately, there is a silver lining. Around 700 meters uphill from the village, the locals have discovered a year round natural water spring, a miracle of nature! We have already started the work of collecting this spring water and laying down an elaborate network of underground pipes to bring this life saving water directly to the village. However we are struggling with funds to complete the entire length of the line.
We hope that through this endeavor, the women of the village do not have to endure this arduous and dangerous trek, and can spend their time caring for their families and earning a livelihood to deal with the pandemic and its devastating effects on the tourism based Matheran economy. With this pipeline, we can ensure a 24*7, 12 month running supply of fresh spring water into the homes of these hardworking and honest people.
We aim to raise funds to purchase PVC Pipe, Cement and Water Storage Tanks. Please contribute in whatever way you can and in case you can help us directly with materials, or access to subsidized vendors and distributors, do get in touch with me on 9820196505.
Let us show our gratitude at being safe in the lockdown, with access to basics like food and water and help someone in real need. If you've ever visited Matheran and enjoyed your time there, please help now so that you can relive those memories post this epidemic and hope to see these smiling, hard working faces once more.
All donations are being made directly to a village representative's account and will be used solely for the purchase of materials. All labour to set up the pipeline is being done by the villagers themselves at no cost.