Summer Relief Camps

One of our program partners is seeking to make an immediate impact in 23 mandals.  Mandals are comprised of numerous villages in close proximity to one another.  The reach is roughly 10,000 to 16,000 rural men, women and children for a 3 day, 23 Mandal Summer Relief Camp.

You can read more about this and make a donation specifically for this need at Summer Relief.

Thanks for considering this!

Goat Distribution

Wells for Life had the opportunity recently to support a Livestock Development Program aimed at providing uplift to 16 families with physically challenged youth.  Each family received a pair of goats along with goat rearing training with the goal of seeing their goats reproduce and create an income stream.  In addition to the goats, a deep bore well is being drilled which will be used for an agricultural venture aimed at creating greater sustainability for the group working with these families.

This was a special project for us in that we normally aren’t funding non water related projects, but after further evaluation by one of our indigenous partners, we saw the value in the project and the impact it would have on these very deserving families.  Happily we were able to fund this project just in time for Christmas and as such provided them with gifts they will never forget.

Enjoy the photos and a huge thank you to all who gave specifically for this deserving project!

Water in COVID times

There may not be a lot of good news in the media, but I have cause to celebrate!

COVID may still be occupying most of the headlines worldwide and resultantly negatively affecting the economy as well as the hopes and dreams of countless others, yet I have a reason to get up and dance. Reason being that within the last few weeks I’ve funded 17 projects in 3 different states. You might not think that’s celebration worthy but considering donations have fallen off dramatically since COVID first hit and its now August, and yet I’m still able to drill wells; well that’s cause for me to say “raise the roof”. I would also bet that for the 17 villages, schools and/or communities which will have access to these new projects, representing thousands of lives.

I read an article the other day which spoke of the spread of COVID in India and how it’s producing large numbers of positive cases in the rural populations of 10 states and many think India soon will surpass the US in total number of cases and in deaths.  What happens in the future with COVID remains to be seen, interestingly though is that all of our work is within 7 of the 10 states that are experiencing the most number of positive cases. What I take from this fact is simple; we’re at work in rural areas which are impacted significantly by COVID.  This creates an opportunity for me to not shrink from the challenge but embrace it and look for opportunities to make a difference.

When these projects are completed, we will have brought water to 43 new places in 2020 and hopefully another 10 to 20 projects will happen before the year closes out.

COVID 19 effects

 

What’s going on?

Rural India is struggling.

I read stories from NDTV (think Indian version of CNN) along with what is shared on Facebook from my partners and most isn’t good. Over a month ago the government stopped all travel in hopes that it would prevent the spread of the virus. Many villages took matters a step further by blocking roads with large sticks or poles so that outsiders couldn’t get in.

Still today the lockdown is in force and I’m hearing more stories of desperation and hopelessness. You certainly feel for these people as they don’t have the same opportunities to access food, medicines or supplies as their city dwelling counterparts.

What can be done with all these restrictions in place is a question many are asking and thankfully there are those who are responding in small ways with outreach. Certain state governments have taken proactive approaches to get aid to their people yet again in the rural and tribal areas the situation is much different. These people operate on a cash basis; they don’t have accounts that the government can deposit money in, they don’t have access to markets or medical facilities. They are essentially cut off, left alone to cope and survive and sadly there are those who don’t.

At this point, what can we do?  We can give so that our partners can do what they do best; make a difference.  Difference making looks like this, pretty simple really, nothing more than gather resources, purchase supplies, get the necessary permits and then go out and distribute to those in need.

Yes, it is just a drop in the a very large bucket of need, but sometimes all you need is a drop to start the flow.

 

Coronavirus and you or at least your water

Just in case you were ever wondering or considering how the Coronavirus might affect say the water supply?

Rest assured, highly unlikely and even if it did find its way into some sewage treatment facility, it’s easily killed, and the virus reportedly doesn’t hold up well in water.

However, don’t take my word for this, here’s a link to a great article written by some highly intelligent professionals; take their word for it. https://ideas.stantec.com/water/coronavirus-and-the-water-cycle-here-is-what-treatment-professionals-need-to-know?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=organic_social&utm_campaign=Ideas