by Judith Crosland, Programmes Manager at Jeevika Trust
INDIA has a population of over one billion people and is home to 17% of the world’s population. The divide between rich and poor is huge: 25% of its people still live in poverty.
Did you know that…
76 m don’t have access to safe water?
774 m don’t have access to adequate sanitation?
140K children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water & poor sanitation?
Project PANI is one of a series of water & sanitation initiatives implemented by our partner organisation, Jeevan Rekha Parishad (JRP) to help alleviate these problems in the remote Tribal villages of Pankua and Phularaas, neither of which had clean, safe water or sanitation prior to JRPs work with the local villagers (www.jrpsai.org).
Working in Odisha with 100 Tribal households and the local primary school, JRP and the villagers will together restore their large pond. Once the pond is dredged and its boundaries strengthened ready for the next monsoon, its water will be harvested to support village agriculture & household kitchen gardens. The villagers will also cultivate fish in the pond to contribute to food security and improve local nutrition.
Already water from the pond services the new toilets being provided to each family and to the village school.
Village children and their parents now understand how important it is to maintain hygiene for their good health – and already these two villages have won a local government ‘Clean Village Award’.
If you would like Jeevika to help JRP replicate
this valuable initiative in more remote villages, click below!