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Determination gets you a long way..

Determination gets you a long way..

These often-used wise words became a reality when eight residents of Vishwaspur village in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, showed their will and determination to solve their water woes, problems regarding infrastructure and cleanliness. There are many instances where lack of adequate water led to crop failure and the hard work of the villagers went in vain.

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Well works wonders

Well works wonders

Thimmasandra, a village in Kolar district of Karnataka, is home to a community of farmers engaged in growing mangoes and tomatoes apart from sheep rearing and milk production. The village housed a well that had been used by generations. However, after being left unattended for nearly half a century, it soon became a dumping ground for garbage and carcasses of animals which often resulted in a stench.

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Farm pond made ready for irrigation

Farm pond made ready for irrigation

Pudiyani village in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand was facing acute water shortage and it took a heavy toll on the women in the region. 45 women came together to dig a (10×4.2ft) pond and in just a few days they had their farm pond ready for irrigation and to store water for their livestock.

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“We are afraid of hunger more than of Covid”, Sandhiha village

“We are afraid of hunger more than of Covid”, Sandhiha village

In Sandhiha village, 30 km from Hazaribagh district headquarters in Jharkhand and situated in a valley guarded by mountains, people from all communities live together in harmony. Majority of the villagers usually migrate to the city for work. However, due to Covid and the following lockdown they are all back and stuck in their homes without any work.

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285 people of Mudgal village, Raichur, Karnataka create a check dam on their own!

285 people of Mudgal village, Raichur, Karnataka create a check dam on their own!

Karnataka; Raichur’s water situation has severely deteriorated in the last few years affecting the local agriculture and animals as well. Families surviving on less than 10 water pots a day are forced to sell their cattle for meagre amounts as they can’t fulfill their water needs.

For the people of Mudgal village in Raichur district,

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बुंदेलखंड के एक गाँव ने अपनी मेहनत से बनाया … तालाब के भीतर तालाब

बुंदेलखंड के एक गाँव ने अपनी मेहनत से बनाया … तालाब के भीतर तालाब

बुंदेलखंड के एक गाँव ने अपनी मेहनत से बनाया … तालाब के भीतर तालाब

ये कहानी है बुंदेलखंड के ललितपुर जिले के एक छोटे से गाँव महौली की हैं , जहाँ गाँव के एक तालाब के सूख जाने के बाद गाँव वालों को पानी की समस्या का सामना करना पड़ा | ये बात उस वक़्त रौशनी में आई ,जब गूँज की टीम ने इस गाँव का दौरा किया | पानी की कमी से न केवल गाँव वाले परेशान थे बल्कि इसका असर उनके मवेशियों पर भी पड़ रहा था | एक ग्रामीण ने कहा कि ”

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Allepy residents revive their scenic backwaters..

Allepy residents revive their scenic backwaters..

The boatmen used waterways like we use roads, were finding it tough to move as weeds (pola) were choking their canals.

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Taking collective responsibility for our problem

Taking collective responsibility for our problem

These are ironic times that we live in.. on the one hand, the country grapples with massive flooding in some states and on the other hand several other states reel under severe drought. Farmers are driven to commit suicide in many regions due to lack of water, failed crops and the burden of unpaid debts.

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Community came together to clean its lake, its Lifeline

Community came together to clean its lake, its Lifeline

Water has been a constant in our work across India; whether it is cleaning water bodies, digging wells or making irrigation canals. This elixir of life has been and is an urgent but unaddressed basic need of the masses we work with.

In the last couple of decades, although Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) has tragically become a synonymous of strife and conflict for the rest of the world,

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The Ponds are changing too

The Ponds are changing too

Living in the cities, many of us believe that our lives are very different from the people living in villages. Malls, flyovers and the rapid-paced technology does make our lives easier but some ‘basics’ tie us to the vast majority in rural India. The food on our table is one such ‘basic’, as is Water.

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