Water & Sanitation
As is the scenario in many Indian villages, acute drinking water problem has been persistent in the target village, ‘Jammulapalem’ for many years. With the generous contribution worth of Rs. 11 lakh made by the founder – Chairman, the ‘Society’ had laid a 2.8km long drinking water pipe line from the outskirts of the village and constructed a pump house at the source.
Drinking Water Project for His Native Village
Things got worse the next year, as groundwater lines that were there for the past 15 years became salty and unsuitable for bathing. During the summer, the state government at our village supplied drinking water by a tanker, and each family was given two buckets of drinking water.
The situation worsened again in May and June of 2005, and the Society began construction of a pipeline to bring fresh water to the village. The project required the digging of a well, installation of 2.8 kilometers of water pipes, and installation of a connection to the existing water tower in the village.
The project was completely funded by Rao, and was completed in just two weeks. All the people in the village now have plenty of drinking water, and they are very happy. Rao is glad he was able to help, and describes the the project as “the most rewarding thing I ever did in my life.”
In India, 5 out of every 10 live without adequate sanitation. The effect of sanitation on health and quality of life is universally acknowledged. However, in rural India, sanitation facilities are far from satisfactory. In an effort to encourage the construction of Individual Sanitary Latrines (ISL) for underprivileged sections of the target villages, the Society has started programs to develop sanitation facilities accessible to them.