Understanding that water affects every aspect of village life and is essential for health, education, and farming, the foundation team works with communities to secure adequate local water supplies, improve sanitation, and manage wastewater in schools, homes, and throughout the community.
The availability and quality of water are being improved.
Rooftop rainwater harvesting systems, storage tanks, bio-sand filters, and stand posts with water taps in schools and homes provide water for drinking and sanitation—allowing children to stay in school, especially girls who, without water at home, spend their days fetching water.
Groundwater levels are augmented with check dams, contour trenches, dug well recharging, pressurized recharge wells, and pond development; and community soak wells and pits ensure safe wastewater disposal. Villagers and development committees are being trained to effectively manage water resources, and water literacy sessions motivate villagers to conserve water.
“We learned about a new scientific concept and water conservation model that works on our school premises.” ~Vajika Nazia, Malab school, Mewat
“Earlier we were dependent on irregular and unclean tanker supply for drinking water. We used to go back home to drink water and not come back.” ~Mohammad Musaraf, Untka school, Mewat.
*Data figures until December 2014.
Sehgal Foundation’s approach to ensuring water security in rural India is to build the capacities of villagers and local leaders to manage community-led water projects, and to teach them the importance of hygiene and sanitation practices in growing healthier communities, and how to effectively advocate and campaign for safe drinking water.
We plan to reach 50,000 more by 2017, extending our reach to rural communities in the state of Rajasthan.