Freshwater is a human right and it should be available to all. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. In 2019, Asia Initiatives cooperated with Parmarth Samaj Sevi Sansthan and Community to launch a project in India to reduce the vulnerability of marginalized communities who are threatened by severe water crisis. The project covers three villages, including Deopur, Chaudhary Kheda and Agrotha in the block of Chhatarpur district, focusing on small and marginal farmers’ communities.
SoCCs is implemented in the project for incentivizing villagers to own. Participants earn SoCCs for joining cultural session, engaging in labor work to improve the community. For the SoCCs earned, they can be redeemed into individual goods such as vegetable seeds for kitchen garden or community goods such as rain gauge support and construction of check dam.
Program update(July 2019) To better understand the village situation, water sources, and the overall community condition, village profiles were created in computer for analysis. For water conservation and construction of water structures, sites identification, defunct water bodies identification is also done during the reporting period. Total 8 such structures were identified that 242 farmers would be benefited after construction. On 8th March 2019 in village Agrautha, women’s rally was organized in which 400 women from the community participated whole-heartedly. The rally was flagged off by the SDM who praised the initiatives taken by the women of the village.