23. May. 2023
New Donation: More tribal underprivileged villages in rural areas within the states of Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu can look forward to access to drinking water on their doorstep.
The Foundation has decided to award DKK 4.5 million toward the next phase of our Water programme in India, which started in 2015 under the name of 100 pumps for 100 villages and is now running as India Water Project. The project is carried out by the Foundation’s partner, Sunlit Future, in close collaboration with local NGOs across various states and districts.
"To date, over 500 villages have benefitted from the programme: In 2022 alone, 110 villages in rural and distant areas of India received drinking near their homes - saving time, energy and drudgery for rural and marginalised women and communities using solar energy."
The next phase aims to reach 25,000 to 30,000 people in underprivileged rural communities in the following states: Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
Beneficiaries receiving water at their habitation area just after the installation of solar pump.

Beneficiaries receiving water at their habitation area just after the installation of solar pump. Photo: Induja Gandhiprasad

Local partner NGOs on board

The project is implemented through a partnership model with the NGOs working on the ground in the intervention areas. The local NGOs partnering with Sunlit Future are Gram Vikas (Odisha), Shri AMM Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre (Tamil Nadu), Bala Vikasa (Andhra Pradesh/Telengana), and Prasari (West Bengal).

Together, the partners will identify villages for implementation of the sanitation and piped drinking water scheme and approach other donor organisations to part fund the projects. SomeThe following responsibilities are divided according to each organisation’s expertise:
  • Local partners:
    • Formation of village committee and their acceptance for participating in the drinking water project with
      confirmation of all households
    • creation and monitoring of a maintenance fund for future operation and maintenance
  • Sunlit Future:
    • Technical survey to identify the source of water / ground water table / placement of solar panels / routing of pipe line till storage tank / placement of storage tank
    • Technical training for pump operators and village water committee
    • Impact evaluation – Quantitative analysis to continuously measure and track socio-economic impact
Target communities include rural villages like the below in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu State, an area with high cyclone risk where the water and electricity infrastructure is unreliable, and power shortages can last 3 to four days.

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