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INDIA

 

India’s huge and growing population is putting a severe strain on all of the country’s natural resources. Most water sources are contaminated by sewage and agricultural runoff. India has made progress in the supply of safe water to its people, but gross disparity in coverage exists across the country. Although access to drinking water has improved, the World Bank estimates that 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water. In India, diarrhea alone causes more than 1,600 deaths daily—the same as if eight 200-person jumbo-jets crashed to the ground each day. Hygiene practices also continue to be a problem in India. Latrine usage is extremely poor in rural areas of the country; only 14% of the rural population has access to a latrine. Hand washing is also very low, increasing the spread of disease. In order to decrease the amount of disease spread through drinking-water, latrine usage and hygiene must be improved simultaneously. (http://water.org/country/india/)

 

Our efforts are going to be focused on responding with an intermediate water supply strategy that empowers citizens with the ability to make clean water filters. Will will be meeting with leaders and representatives from the government, community, and organizations at all levels to discuss how we can contribute towards a sustainable water supply strategy.

 

The India water supply crisis can be generally divided into three problem areas: #1 Water Supply #2 Water Quality #3 Water Distribution. The solutions we are focusing on are: #2 Water Quality. 

 

Our projects have three general phases. The first phase is the “in-country” planning and preparation phase that involves material acquisition, leader coordination, and site preparation. The second phase is the actual biosand/biochar filtration workshop which lasts 3- 5 days depending on the schedule arrangement and it can host up to 12 participants. During the course participants are introduced to water filtration, including the science behind it and various other options, course work and participation in sanitation and hygiene classes, review of the tools of the trade and how to obtain them, and construction of sieves for sand preparation. They participate in sifting and washing of sand, they mix and pour concrete into a steel mold, review filtration, sanitation, and hygiene material, and develop exploratory business planning and project ideas. The last phase is the duplication and distribution of the filter phase.

 

The short-term outcomes that we hope to achieve are:​

  • Training and certifying 10 Biosand/Biochar filtration leaders

  • Equipping interested teams with materials to start a business

  • Production of 100 Biosand/Biochar filters serving 1,000 people with clean water for life

  • Generating $10,000 in new local income for local biosand/biochar filtration businesses

 

The long-term outcomes that we hope to achieve are:​

  • Training and certifying 100 additional Biosand/Biochar filtration Leaders taught by our new leaders.

  • Equipping interested teams with materials to start a business

  • Production of 400 more Biosand/Biochar filters serving 4,000 people with clean water for life

  • Generating $40,000 in new income for local biosand/biochar filtration businesses

 

Our projects are designed to not only produce results but also to promote sustainability and expansion. We do this by creating incentives and job opportunities for participants to train others and sell filters.

Next Steps in India

Having seen first hand the incredible need for clean water in India it is our desire to:

 

1) Continue to build into and empower the partnership networks we established in Mayapur and Telangana 

2) Establish new partnerships and develop sustainable programs in New Delhi and Mumbai

3) Interconnect these fours areas and begin to systematically develop access to sustainable clean water supplies impacting 75,000,000 people