Working deeply on Water with people| Glimpses from 2018-19
Just in one year (2018-19) when hundreds of villages across India work on more than 1010 water-related projects including cleaning and reviving of local water bodies, digging of ponds and wells, rainwater harvesting and re-building of check dams. Its time to acknowledge that something interesting is unfolding here. Goonj mobilized and motivated these communities across India to trigger this and more.. Full Annual Report http://bit.ly/GoonjAR1819
India has an ongoing water crisis where more than half of districts are threatened by groundwater depletion or contamination, according to the 2019 World Bank Report. The same World Bank has said earlier that there is a direct link between the availability of water and poverty. It means India’s water scarcity is directly impacting around 53 million Indians employed in agriculture and their livelihood heavily reliant on groundwater irrigation and around 80 percent of the rural population in India that uses groundwater to meet their drinking water needs. (Source – https://bit.ly/2Zk1QQG).
Another 2018 Study on Global Water Blog says, “Ready and inexpensive access to irrigation groundwater substantially reduces rural poverty and conflict in India. These findings call for thinking about conservation strategies for preventing water-tables from depleting. Depleted groundwater reserves will result in much greater poverty and potentially much greater conflict.” (https://at.virginia.edu/2PSQboP)