Area: Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh State
Beneficiaries: 30 Rural Villages
Women and children walk 2-3km to collect unsafe drinking water from open wells and contaminated rivers. Water scarcity and disputes are not uncommon in the tribal lower caste rural slum regions.
Solution: Construction of drilled wells equipped with hand pumps located centrally accessible in each village
Cost per Village Well: From US$1,900
Impact: 34,000 people
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In India, contaminated drinking water, polluted river water and unsafe well water remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in rural areas with 1.8 million deaths per year being attributed to water-borne diseases. The victims are rural women and children living in villages and hamlets due to seasonal diseases caused by contaminated drinking water.
Most rural water supply schemes in India use a centralised, supply-driven approach i.e. a government institution designs a project and has it build with little community consultation and no ownership or training provided to the community, often requiring no water fees to be paid for its subsequent sustainability. Therefore working with partner CBO's to supply a safe water supply in rural areas, particularly tribal areas, and to build community capacity transforms lives.
BridgIT partners with two Indian CBO's who work in conjunction with each other, Sri K. Pitchi Reddy Educational & Welfare Society (SPREAWS) and Rural Development Society (RDS). They work for the empowerment of tribal people and other indigenous marginalised groups in the Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh both in rural and urban areas.
The Kadapa district is one of the four districts in the Rayalaseema region, and they work with Mandals which is a group of several (may range from 40 – 50 or more) villages. There are many rural communities and slums situated in this district.
SPREAWS and RDS provide services to the Kadapa district and the slums of Kadapa City. The target populations are from the lowest strata of the socio-economic group. Partners provide various inputs with their target villages such as leadership building, management systems, problem-solving tools through training programs.