‘Charity begins at home’ is a popular phrase and is truly applicable to each and every human being of the society.The scarcity of water has always been a perennial problem in India since time immemorial. India still has to go a long way around when it comes to unriddling the prolonging issue of water scarcity in India. Several NGO Projects, trusts, organizations and charitable foundations are laboring hard in order to solve the problems of water scarcity ,especially in rural India.
NGO Projects: Some of them are :
- Akar Charitable Trust: With the selfless and charitable support of philanthropic organisations, Akar charitable trust has managed to construct many water harvesting structures popularly known as ‘Check Dams’. They have built over 150 check dams, out of which 140 structures are constructed in Rajasthan.The main vision of the trust is to work with the marginalized and underprivileged rural dwellers, to pull it out of poverty and place it on a new platform of economic self – sufficiency , integrity and prosperity.
Amla Ruia, the founder of Aakar Charitable Trust, translated her thought into action and started researching about water troubles faced by Rajasthan.
”Rajasthan farmers are among the poorest in the country.Using rainwater harvesting technology to alleviate the situation seems like a good choice”, she said.
Today , Aakal Charitable Trust has constructed 200 check dams in 100 villages of Rajasthan, and impacted over 2 lakhs of people who earned a combined income of Rs.300crores per year.
- 2.Drop Dead Foundation: Abid Shurti, is the founder of Drop Dead Foundation, a Non-governmental organization(NGO) Project ,that fixes leak every Sunday morning. The aim of the foundation is to fix the leaky taps and help in preserving water.
Author Abid Surti champions water conservation by fixing leaks in Mumbai’s poor households, one pipe at a time, free of cost. His foundation has inspired and encouraged many people to join hands for this noble cause.
“The response to Drop Dead is unbelievable .It’s picking up fast like a jungle fire ,not only in India but all over the globe.One only needs to be determined to continue this”.
He is a painter, cartoonist ,author, playwright and water warrior.
3. Water Literacy Foundation: Water Literacy Foundation is a non-governmental environmental organization in Bangalore, Karnataka, whose high reaching goal is to make India a ‘ water efficient nation’ . Ayyappa Magasi is the founder of Water Literacy foundation .With the support of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public , he started Water Literacy foundation , located in Bangalore India.
The goal of the NGO Projects is to raise awareness about water shortages and implementing rainwater harvesting systems into farms,houses and industries.It offers several systems:
- Rooftop rainwater harvesting
- Infiltration wells
- Lake types borewell recharging
- Non- Irrigational agricultural practice
Only four years later, the associated organisation entered the ‘Limca Book of records’, for constructing 500 lakes, that is the highest number of artificial lakes created by one company Through this almost 70 billion Litres of rainwater have been harvested and more than 2 million people have been benefited from this endeavour so far.
4. Tarun Bharat Sangh: Tarun Bharat Sangh(TBS) seeks to bring dignity and prosperity to the life of the destitute section of the nation through the sustainable developmental measure and different progressive NGO Projects . It is an NGO based in Rajasthan and spearheaded by Rajendra Singh, who has changed the lives of thousands of people.
TBS strengthened by constant contact with local communities to excogitate a method of working with the people.Its strategies include:
- A collective effort from the community in which all would be benefitted proportionately from the improvement that would b planned.
- All decisions would be strictly enforced and the communities would be its own self-disciplinarian
TBS was set up in the mid-1980s and is working in the areas of water harvesting, environmental conservation, rural education and health and anti- mining campaigns.About 750 villages spread over 6500sq km have benefitted from water harvesting techniques introduced TBS ,now they are less vulnerable severities of drought .The TBS tried to resolve the traditional method of rainwater harvesting through constructing a series of small dams and tanks(johads).
The first such construction was undertaken in Kishori village and subsequently the success story was repeated in other villages as well.Till today, they have constructed about 4500 ponds.The remarkable transformation brought by TBS is most apparent in Alwar district of Rajasthan.
TBS in an outstanding example of ordinary people’s enterprise to find a solution of the local grievances without any help of any outside agencies.