In April earlier this year, we launched the Revive and Thrive appeal to help the farmers of 10 villages within the Tonk District of Rajasthan to regain control of their suffering livelihoods. Following persistent droughts and the degradation of pasture land, many poor farmers have been deprived of good grazing, leaving them in a battle with impoverishment. Unable to feed their herds, these farmers have not only been stripped of their income, yet their way of life. The Revive and Thrive appeal has been designed to overcome the collapse of nomadic farming in these communities, enabling a greater future for these farmers and their families.
In October 2014, we formed a partnership with Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS) to tackle water security issues for the marginalised communities of Rajasthan. Working alongside this reputable NGO, we have improved Water Use Efficiency across five villages (Raipura, Bhaal, Gopalpura, Govindpura and Jaitpura) and have since begun a new project focusing on 30 additional villages in the Rivulet Arvari, Sarsa and Bhagani basin. Our most recent collaborative project with TBS focuses on raising awareness amongst local farmers and youth regarding Water Use Efficiency, whilst also installing Sprinkler and Drip Irrigation Systems to improve agriculture production.
For these local farmers,
The availability and accessibility of potable water in the Jaipur District has been a distressing issue for its people in recent years. Following chronic and persistent droughts, water vulnerability has dictated the lives of these marginalised communities, crippling educations and livelihoods alike. Within the Jaipur District, the Dudu block in particular suffers; the area has seen 24 severe droughts since the independence of India in 1947, an illustration of the extreme water scarce conditions. Situated near the Sambhar Salt Lake, the ground water in the Dudu block is also pervaded with high salinity and fluoride. Although incredibly dangerous for both humans and cattle to consume,
Today 22nd April, marks Earth Day, a global event supported by over 1 billion people to promote the conservation and protection of the environment. For many within the developed world, this occasion is used as a day of political action and civic participation, addressing environmental concerns to foster a clean, sustainable environment and protect our planet for future generations. This year at WaterHarvest however, we would like to use Earth Day to announce our new appeal, Revive and Thrive, which focuses on the replenishment of land and the surrounding environment in rural India.
For many poor farmers in rural India,
Housing one-sixth of the global population, India is the second most populous country in the world, with nearly 60% of its population living in urban areas. With urban population rising rapidly, the concern surrounding hygiene and sanitation is advancing, as the development of this poverty-stricken nation is restricted by this distressing issue.
Across India, half of the population, or at least 620 million people still defecate outdoors, a figure which only emphasises the need for greater support. Open defecation brings tremendous risk to a country, as the perilous issue is a major hazard to both human health and the surrounding environment.
Today 22nd March, marks International World Water Day, a day which focuses on the importance of freshwater and the promotion of sustainable water resources worldwide. Each year, World Water Day is used as an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues. The International event aims for individuals and communities alike to form together, to inspire and be inspired by one another, making a difference for those who fight each day for a basic human need. This year, we would like to use World Water Day to celebrate some of the work we have completed in rural India,
Today 8th March, marks International Women’s Day, a day to commemorate the movement for women’s rights and the achievement of women worldwide. Regardless of background or culture, women across the world achieve remarkable things each day, including the women of rural India.
Women are typically the main water collectors for a family in the rural communities of India where we work, sourcing water for drinking, washing, cooking and cleaning needs. Spending approximately a third of their lives fetching and queuing for water, women may walk up to five miles per day to capture water, carrying one or more ‘Matka’ pots on their heads which can weigh up to 20kg each.
Seen as the second largest state in India, Rajasthan holds just under 5% of the country’s total population, with 69 million residents residing in the state. Yet despite accommodating such a large portion of the total population, Rajasthan is provided with less than 1% of the country’s total water resources, demonstrating the concern for water vulnerability within these rural communities. Alongside this, the arid/semi-arid climate of Rajasthan, in addition to its paucity of surface resources, means that the state is increasingly dependable on groundwater for both irrigation and drinking water. One resource, which has been used by local communities for thousands of years is the Banas River,
The District of Pratapharh, Rajasthan, is an exceedingly mountainous upland, surrounded by dry land agriculture. Cut off from government support because of their remoteness, these rural communities are deprived of basic needs and are considered vulnerable from an economic, social and cultural perspective. In order to reduce such vulnerability, our pilot project with Rajasthan Forest Produce Collectors and Processors Group Support Society (RFP), which began in July 2017, sets out to support sustainable water for small and marginal farmers, enhancing fruit orchards (wadi) and vegetable production. Striving for livelihood sustainability and food security, the pilot project lays the foundations for larger scale water resource development,
The availability and accessibility of sustainable water in the Kutch district of Gujarat has been a pertinent issue for decades. Due to the arid and semi-arid nature of these rural communities, water scarcity is now seen as a permanent problem. Within the Kutch District, the Rapar block in particular suffers; the block is dry, saline and considered one of the most arid zones in India. The weather conditions in the Rapar block are also extreme, soaring temperatures of 47°C are recorded in the summer, yet descend to low temperatures of 6-7°C in the winter. In such an unpredictable climate, relying on water bodies that are refilled each year by the increasingly unreliable monsoon is not sustainable for those within marginalised communities.