providing safe water in India

Area:  Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh State

Beneficiaries:  40 Rural Villages

The implementation of this project will allow improved access to safe drinking water in 40 villages in Yadamari and Thavanampalli Mandal water scarcity rural communities.   15,557 households of the marginalised Dalit people.

Solution: Construction of drilled wells equipped with hand pumps located centrally accessible in each village

Cost per Village Well:  From US$2,550

Impact:  61,000 people

Donations over $2 are tax-deductible

In the district of Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, 86% of the population live in rural areas and 40% live below the poverty line.  Less than 20% of the rural population has access to protected water.  The situation is most stark in the predominantly ‘Dalit’ tribal villages – almost 85% are landless, farm holdings and are tiny and unirrigated forests that are denuded.  Preventable diseases like diarrhoea, cholera and malaria are endemic and for at least 4 months of the year, both food and water are scarce.

The project beneficiaries belong to Dalits (scheduled caste or ‘untouchable’ communities who are poor and marginalised. 

Working with partner CBO's to provide a safe water supply in rural areas, particularly tribal areas, and to build community capacity transforms lives. 


Bridgit partners with Society for Rural Health, Education & Development (SRHED) in India.  SRHED is helping Dalit communities and their children toward a wholesome future filled with hope, dignity, justice and peace. Reaching out to the poorest of the poor in target areas without discrimination of caste, colour or creed.

This project aims to create sustainable, community-managed water supplies in the target rural villages.  Community leaders promised their participation in taking ownership of the bore well and contributing to its maintenance.  They will also contribute to the management of supply installation with a focus on providing training in bore well repairs and ownership of the water resource.

Through shared responsibility, the target villages will not only receive an improved water supply but more importantly, the learning and ability to implement a management model that the project develops.