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Wake Ajjappanahalli Lake

In a focused effort to rejuvenate our village's lake, we the Youth of Ajjappanahalli, Bangarpet are joining hands and breaking grounds.

Rejuvenating our lake would replenish the groundwater, positively influence water quality and thereby contribute to the good health and overall development of our village.

Like minded enthusiastic youth are taking step-by-step approach to find a permanent solution to the water scarcity and sewage problems that were ignored for decades.

The initial task is to remove the Prosopis juliflora plants which are abundant in the water storage area. The next task is to plant trees in a small, controllable and expandable area. The idea is to start small and expand them organically. The next step is to lay a walking trail along the planted trees so that the area is maintained clean.

Your donation would help us greatly, we appreciate your generosity!

Proposed budget:

Rs. 36,000  - Removing waste juliflora  and wild trees
Rs. 1,00,000 - Digging
Rs. 10,000 - Buying new plants
Rs. 20,000 - Fencing
Rs. 50,000 - Revetting
Rs. 15,000 - Maintenance

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2nd October 2020

My Childhood Monsoon Memories - By Sam SARAVANAN
On my way to the school, my grandpa would prevent me from playing in the flowing streams that lined the village that I grew up in. I would scream and whine, but he would just lift me up with his rusty arms and carry me all the way on his shoulders. After that, he would say lovingly, “You can play all you want after your school.” On the way back, while he would carry my school bag, I would run through the lush green paddy fields, play to my heart’s content in the sparkling streams, make and float paper boats, and splash water on my friends.

I loved floating paper boats – it was my favorite part of the day. Sometimes, my friends and I would get into a competition on whose boat lasts the longest, and the winner would get to splash water on others. When it rained, I would be on cloud nine, as my grandpa would have usually forgotten his umbrella, and I would intentionally walk slowly so that I could soak in the falling drops and dance in the rain. When we reached our neighbor’s house, I would stand under the water streaming down his drainage pipes, feeling the soft pressure of the water on my head, enjoying as if I was in a waterfall.

Once in a while, when we had hailstorms, my grandpa would pull me inside the house and ask me to sit quietly. I would collect those hard, icy balls that would plop on the ground from the skies, hold them in my hand, and see how they would melt away.

The next day, I would use rains as an excuse to skip the school, and so would all my friends. Even when the rains had stopped, we would shake off the rain water from branches of the trees. It was fun!

I am sure that many of you would have had such fun, and if not, I would recommend to do some of this even today.

Today, however, I not only miss my childhood, my grandpa, but above all, I miss the water, the streams that passed through my village, and the lush green fields that signaled prosperity. Over the years, my village has faced droughts, so much that the land is becoming barren, our farmers are missing their yields, and the kids are definitely missing all the fun.

A Drive to Revive the Streams and Lakes

As times move on and seasons change, the streams in my village have remained dry. As farmers look up towards the cloudless skies and stare at the barren lands, the story remains the same. Some, as is expected, migrate to nearby town in search of greener pastures.

Can I not do something? Water, after all, is a primary resource, the source of our prosperity. As I thought more about my village, I became more and more resolute that I should do something, I should bring back the water into the streams and the lakes, and I should make the land prosperous again.

I have been always inspired by the DS Values, and the one that I really found appropriate for such a situation was this:  “IFWE SHOW THE DREAM IS POSSIBLE, WE CAN INSPRIRE PEOPLE TO CREATE IT.

Eventually, this thought became a passion, a conviction that together we can change the world. I ventured into a three-step approach.

1. Educate, Encourage & Enable the Community
When I first started exploring the ground situation, it was truly deplorable. As I said, many farmers had quit due to water scarcity and started working as daily wage workers in nearby towns. The farmers who remained had little means to afford modern methods of irrigation or water conservation. The ground water level had plunged to alarming levels, below 1000 feet, and the entire village was dependent on this water.
With such daunting challenges, the need for a solution was even more urgent. I realized that this was a make-or-break situation for the village that I had grown up with, where I had spent the best time of my life. As a first step, I approached the village community, both the elders and the youngsters, and I educated them about water management, encouraged them to dream for a bright future for themselves and for their children, and enabled them on ways to revive the lakes.

2.Create a Squad of Water WarriorsOne of the challenges was to convince people that such droughts were mostly manmade, due to the way we mismanage our natural resources, and that they were not really a curse of Mother Nature. However, once people realized that they can change the situation, that they can actually free themselves from drought, they became so passionate that they wanted to know how they can contribute. It did not matter to them that the way forward will take significant time and effort from everyone – the possibility that they can all be a part of a change that can bring back prosperity to their village changed their outlook. The energy was so infectious, just like their laughter, that one had to be really there to experience it!

In the beginning, young boys and girls volunteered to clean the lake and plant saplings on the nearby hills. Slowly, even the elders came together, overcoming their social barriers and setting aside their differences, and joined hands to be a part of a journey of hope.

As of today, we have a squad of more than 80 water-warriors who work passionately to slowly, but surely, change the face of our village.

3.Set, Execute, and Achieve the Goal

I realized that such passion and commitment from everyone requires a goal, as otherwise they would dissipate their energies everywhere and achieve less. We, therefore, set a simple goal that we have to rejuvenate the Ajjapanahalli Lake.

After my efforts of empowering and enabling the people with the science of watershed development, and building a dedicated squad of water warriors, we started working on the lake.

The movement found support from the local leaders, Panchayat Development Authorities and In a small way, the government also supported the initiative under the MGNREGA.

The rejuvenation exercise of the lake includes:
  • Removing wild trees, bushes, and weeds
  • Desilting the lake
  • Making feeder canals
  • Making tranches  and bunds
  • Revetting and fencing
  • Planting trees around, and
  • Overall maintenance.
As of now, we have removed the wild trees, bushes and weeds and we have started the desilting work, I have posted pictures showing the work-in-progress. You could see the magnitude of work that is involved in taking up this initiative, and I am ever thankful to the village community, the elders and the young, and the water warriors, who have shown such substantial commitment.

I firmly believe that this rejuvenation of lakes, both in and around the village, would eventually replenish the groundwater, and thereby, help bring back green shoots of prosperity.

Thank you for reading through my journey. I would also request you to join hands with me and become a water warrior. I am positive that together we can fight such droughts!

My Childhood Monsoon Memories - By Sam SARAVANAN
On my way to the school, my grandpa would prevent me from playing in the flowing streams that lined the village that I grew up in. I would scream and whine, but he would just lift me up with his rusty arms and carry me all the way on his shoulders. After that, he would say lovingly, “You can play all you want after your school.” On the way back, while he would carry my school bag, I would run through the lush green paddy fields, play to my heart’s content in the sparkling streams, make and float paper boats, and splash water on my friends.

I loved floating paper boats – it was my favorite part of the day. Sometimes, my friends and I would get into a competition on whose boat lasts the longest, and the winner would get to splash water on others. When it rained, I would be on cloud nine, as my grandpa would have usually forgotten his umbrella, and I would intentionally walk slowly so that I could soak in the falling drops and dance in the rain. When we reached our neighbor’s house, I would stand under the water streaming down his drainage pipes, feeling the soft pressure of the water on my head, enjoying as if I was in a waterfall.

Once in a while, when we had hailstorms, my grandpa would pull me inside the house and ask me to sit quietly. I would collect those hard, icy balls that would plop on the ground from the skies, hold them in my hand, and see how they would melt away.

The next day, I would use rains as an excuse to skip the school, and so would all my friends. Even when the rains had stopped, we would shake off the rain water from branches of the trees. It was fun!

I am sure that many of you would have had such fun, and if not, I would recommend to do some of this even today.

Today, however, I not only miss my childhood, my grandpa, but above all, I miss the water, the streams that passed through my village, and the lush green fields that signaled prosperity. Over the years, my village has faced droughts, so much that the land is becoming barren, our farmers are missing their yields, and the kids are definitely missing all the fun.

A Drive to Revive the Streams and Lakes

As times move on and seasons change, the streams in my village have remained dry. As farmers look up towards the cloudless skies and stare at the barren lands, the story remains the same. Some, as is expected, migrate to nearby town in search of greener pastures.

Can I not do something? Water, after all, is a primary resource, the source of our prosperity. As I thought more about my village, I became more and more resolute that I should do something, I should bring back the water into the streams and the lakes, and I should make the land prosperous again.

I have been always inspired by the DS Values, and the one that I really found appropriate for such a situation was this:  “IFWE SHOW THE DREAM IS POSSIBLE, WE CAN INSPRIRE PEOPLE TO CREATE IT.

Eventually, this thought became a passion, a conviction that together we can change the world. I ventured into a three-step approach.

1. Educate, Encourage & Enable the Community
When I first started exploring the ground situation, it was truly deplorable. As I said, many farmers had quit due to water scarcity and started working as daily wage workers in nearby towns. The farmers who remained had little means to afford modern methods of irrigation or water conservation. The ground water level had plunged to alarming levels, below 1000 feet, and the entire village was dependent on this water.
With such daunting challenges, the need for a solution was even more urgent. I realized that this was a make-or-break situation for the village that I had grown up with, where I had spent the best time of my life. As a first step, I approached the village community, both the elders and the youngsters, and I educated them about water management, encouraged them to dream for a bright future for themselves and for their children, and enabled them on ways to revive the lakes.

2.Create a Squad of Water WarriorsOne of the challenges was to convince people that such droughts were mostly manmade, due to the way we mismanage our natural resources, and that they were not really a curse of Mother Nature. However, once people realized that they can change the situation, that they can actually free themselves from drought, they became so passionate that they wanted to know how they can contribute. It did not matter to them that the way forward will take significant time and effort from everyone – the possibility that they can all be a part of a change that can bring back prosperity to their village changed their outlook. The energy was so infectious, just like their laughter, that one had to be really there to experience it!

In the beginning, young boys and girls volunteered to clean the lake and plant saplings on the nearby hills. Slowly, even the elders came together, overcoming their social barriers and setting aside their differences, and joined hands to be a part of a journey of hope.

As of today, we have a squad of more than 80 water-warriors who work passionately to slowly, but surely, change the face of our village.

3.Set, Execute, and Achieve the Goal

I realized that such passion and commitment from everyone requires a goal, as otherwise they would dissipate their energies everywhere and achieve less. We, therefore, set a simple goal that we have to rejuvenate the Ajjapanahalli Lake.

After my efforts of empowering and enabling the people with the science of watershed development, and building a dedicated squad of water warriors, we started working on the lake.

The movement found support from the local leaders, Panchayat Development Authorities and In a small way, the government also supported the initiative under the MGNREGA.

The rejuvenation exercise of the lake includes:
  • Removing wild trees, bushes, and weeds
  • Desilting the lake
  • Making feeder canals
  • Making tranches  and bunds
  • Revetting and fencing
  • Planting trees around, and
  • Overall maintenance.
As of now, we have removed the wild trees, bushes and weeds and we have started the desilting work, I have posted pictures showing the work-in-progress. You could see the magnitude of work that is involved in taking up this initiative, and I am ever thankful to the village community, the elders and the young, and the water warriors, who have shown such substantial commitment.

I firmly believe that this rejuvenation of lakes, both in and around the village, would eventually replenish the groundwater, and thereby, help bring back green shoots of prosperity.

Thank you for reading through my journey. I would also request you to join hands with me and become a water warrior. I am positive that together we can fight such droughts!
Rs.31,000 raised

Goal: Rs.231,000

Beneficiary: Ajjappanahalli info_outline

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Sneha donated Rs.1,000

Good start. All the best

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Durga donated Rs.1,500

Good Initiative. All the very best!

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