Project #18 Funded | Haritika [India]

We would like to thank you for your ongoing generosity and support. We have some exciting news we would like to share with you.

ODW is excited to present Haritika with a full grant of $12,418. The grant will be used to bring clean water to 89 households in the village of Shaipura in Central India. With this grant, Haritika will be able to provide 1,000 people with running water in their homes for the very first time.

Who is Haritika?

Haritika is a NGO that has been working in India since 1994. Haritika's mission is to empower and bring about positive change in the quality of life to the people in poverty in the Bundlekhand region of India. They work with people whose lives are dominated by extreme poverty, illiteracy and disease. They also seek to implement development interventions that promote dignity and gender equality along with social, financial and environmental sustainability. Haritika's intervention programs focus on: Natural Resources Management, Women's Empowerment and Sanitation & Health Education

The Need

In Shaipura, there is only one hand pump for the whole village. The UN suggests that People should receive around 40 liters of water per day, the people in Shaipura have access to about 8. The pump is also very prone to failure, which coupled with its lack of productivity, frequently forces villagers to travel out of their village to fetch water from  a local river which increases the possibility of contracting water-born diseases.

ODW + Haritika

ODW's grant to Haritika will fund their project to bring safe drinking water and improved sanitation to the village of Shaipura in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Haritika will bring relief to Shaipura's water crisis by drilling for a new water source that will fill a 40,000 liter elevated water reservoir that will bring water directly to the 89 homes. Haritika is also developing more sustainable water recharges to keep the reservoir at peak production levels. Haritika will also hold educational seminars in the community on proper sanitation and hygiene, which is an essential component in any water security project.

As the main collectors and distributors of water, women will especially benefit from this project. Women take active management roles in Haritika projects, which often leads to these women being key actors within the development of the village. In addition, the increased access to water allows women to spend less time fetching water and more time pursuing educational and economic opportunities.

We are very excited to partner with Haritika and look forward to updating you on the progress of this project.

Thank you for helping to make this grant possible! 

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