Women Institution Initiative
Manjari Foundation started a nonprofit organization is working in these villages’ way back in 2016 through the formation of Self-Help Group and federate them in village organization and federation. During one of the village organization women raises the issue of drinking water in their village, which was very pertinent for all members. After listening and knowing the challenge Manjari Foundation team approached the PNB housing ltd. for supporting the villagers to access clean water. In this regard, the organization proposed rupees 2200 per household with the discussion with SHG and other village members in the village organization meeting.
Water tank, Pipe Water to each household and RO installation for drinking
After that a detailed scope of work has been created from the team. Where a detailed survey was conducted based on technical aspects which were included – identification of suitable water source, suitable place for constructing water tank, length of pipe for each household, RO connection, facilities for cattle drinking water etc. Based on survey report and need of water for each household which was calculated based on 60 liters water for each person per day. After that in both villages two water tanks 32 KL in Roopura and 25 KL in Ganpat Khera villages constructed. A technical and feasibility study was done for ensuring the quality and quantity of water. Based on the laboratory report tube wells have been dug in both villages. As per hydrologist report the water level, availability and quality also is good. As we know and understand solar based energy sources are always environmentally sustainable and cost effective as well. Based on this principle we have
installed the solar plant of 5HP for both villages. This is helping to reduce electricity and recurring cot for
All lives Matter
Based on the principle of all lives matter whether human, animal, and birds as well. Pani Panchayat strongly apply this in their planning and execution of the initiative. They have created six water points where all animals and birds can access clean water as per their requirement. Management and Sustainability After several capacity building initiative SHG members formed a Pani Panchayat an institution which will govern the water initiative in the village. This Pani Panchayat consists of 15 members of which 70 percent are women and 30 percent are men. Pani Panchayat played an active role in planning, execution, and monitoring of the project. Now Pani Panchayat is managing all operational things of the initiative, Pani Panchayat started to collect a water tariff from each family, so that in future all maintenance and management things can be manage sustainably. Pani Panchayat is leading for behaviour change aspects as well which is very important post installation management of the water infrastructure, efficient use and adoption of health and hygiene practices as well.
The initiative has huge contribution to reducing the drudgery of fetching water, saving 2-3 hours daily, reducing psychological pressure, reducing conflict, etc., and most importantly enhancing the women’s dignity. Now, each household availed clean drinking water on a regular basis at their doorstep, and animals also got clean water whenever they required it. The initiative helped them earn their daily wages which they lost earlier in the excessive time spent in fetching water. There are several other changes which are beyond traditional measurement tools.