Gyarsi Devi from village Untoli has a sigh of relief after the construction of a soak well near her residence, which takes care of sanitation needs of ten families, including hers. The region has one water tank that is used for their food, washing, and sanitation purposes. With no drainage mechanism in place, the wastewater used to accumulate and fill the surrounding area, making it a harbor for mosquitoes and pathogens. Exposure to this unhealthy environment made the families susceptible to seasonal and non-seasonal diseases. The project introduced the concept of soak wells to the residents and explained to them the importance of hygienic living and overall well-being of the family. “Now, water does not accumulate near my house. The soak well is highly useful for my family’s development,” says Gyarsi Devi. The community, having understood the usage of the well, has decided to collectively take care of its maintenance.
Similarly, Bhoop Singh from village Karoda has long faced the embarrassment of water accumulation near his residence, resulting in discomfort to the passersby. Often, water ended up in his nearby field, leading to poor crop production due to water logging. “Crop loss and ill health had been a major causeof worry before we had the soak well. Falling ill was frequent,” he shares. The community are grateful toward the project team for cleanliness and diseas-free living.