As water being the biggest challenge in rural India it compels especially women folk to travel kilometres before they can find any. Dongarpada, a village of 155 households and 740 residents, situated in the hilly terrains of the Jawhar taluka of Palghar district is no exception and nor are the women there, as they have to walk at least 4-5 kilometers every day to fetch water from the nearby wells. The problem becomes grave during summers as they have to walk more than 6 kilometers a day to bring water and twice a day to bring 30 litres of water on their heads.
Heavy and a number of pots on their heads causes health issues such as neck pain, chest, spine, knees, legs which ultimately in the long run affects their loco-motor movements.
With the ongoing efforts & initiatives for the social upliftment through its Rural Empowerment projects, Indiabulls Foundation has achieved yet another milestone in bringing relief to people at Dongarpada.
Indiabulls Foundation distributed water wheels which provide 45 litres of water per filling. The water wheel consists of a drum & a handle attached to the drum. The easy design makes it easier for the person to pull or push the water wheel with ease. Made for multi terrain the water wheel is designed to run in almost all regions.
Whats more, the water wheel is completely food grade making the water absolutely safe to drink.
With this activity we at Indiabulls Foundation have not only brought relief into these women’s lives but also have gone beyond the gender stereotypical image of a man and a woman.
Considering the massive problem of water scarcity in the rural parts of Maharashtra, Indiabulls Foundation has taken up yet another challenging role of providing water to the children of tribal ashram schools in its initiative called 'Rahat'. In this project, such schools are identified where water is a huge problem despite the availability of a water source in the area. This water source can either be a neighbouring well, hand pump, river, dam, waterfall or a natural pond.
Children unfortunately are forced to leave the premises of the school to access these water sources which at times could be kilometres away exposing them to extreme weather conditions and endangering them to wild animals or human traffickers.
Indiabulls Foundation with the help of the local authorities identifies such water sources and provides water connection by laying a pipeline from the source to the school complimeted also by providing water motor pumps, water storage tanks or also by creating concrete structures to divert the water flow to the school.
Indiabulls Foundation has provided Rahat to 3 tribal ashram schools, Dadade, Talawali and Padsarey ashram schools, in the tribal belt of Maharashtra. Approximately 2300 children from these schools benefit from this project every single year.
Wagholi village approached the Indiabulls Foundation for street light arrangement in their village. As Wagholi village is more prone to animal attack in night so it’s become necessary to arrangement of street lights in Wagholi.
Population of Wagholi is approx. 1800. So taking into consideration the population of area and requirement, fixing of street light work was completed in a reasonable time and it benefited all the villagers of Wagholi.
Water scarcity is not a new term for villages of Maharashtra especially in the Marathwada region. Sugaon is one such place located in Latur that suffers from water scarcity. houses, schools, hospitals and all working institutions run dry due to lack of water especially during the hot summers. To curb the water shortage problem of Sugaon, Indiabulls Foundation has set up a Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting plant at the Zilla Parishad school of Sugaon. This project by IBF aims to use rain water for secondary purposes and to augment ground water source. Through this project, rain water is accumulated, filtered and stored in tanks that can be used by the school children for secondary purposes. The excess rain water is stored in borewell that increases ground water level and quality.
This project directly helps 375 students currently studying at the school and aims at helping many more children every year. This project is not only towards conserving rain water but also to create awareness among the students and residents of the village on the value and usage of water.
Beneficiary Name: Smita Sole - Sarpanch - Dongarpada
IBF Initiative: Water Wheel Project
Some men used to help us to get water from the wells. But usually it’s the women who have to deal with these ...