Water And Sanitation

Context Of The Project

SPEECH is an Organization that committed to serve the vulnerable people in the community for their Sustainable Development. SPEECH has been extending services like Child care and Education, Integrated Community Development and Drinking water bore wells in the target areas. There is no doubt that Water and Sustainable Development are inextricably linked. Without adequate supplies and management of fresh water sources, sustainable development simply cannot take place. SPEECH has been providing Drinking Water Bore Wells in the states of Andhra Pradesh in India. 

However, the resources are limited but there is a great need for safe water in the backward rural areas in the state. There are many communities where the bore wells provided by the Government are damaged and need repair and deepening to draw water. In these areas the rural households have no access to piped water schemes to meet drinking and domestic water needs. Most use water from tube wells or open wells, while a small minority uses tanks and springs. Hence, there is a high dependence on groundwater for drinking and other domestic purposes. Poor rural households collect water from community sources, which are often remote and spend much time in collecting water. The collected water is causing water-borne diseases. Diseases due to contamination of drinking water constitute a major burden on health. Improvement in the quality of drinking water will significantly benefit the health and wellbeing of people. Therefore, the organization is working towards providing safe drinking water to the maximum extent possible in its target villages. 

Children are perhaps the most cheerful and omnipresent facet of rural villages. Curious, unafraid to stare, and ready to smile, they are unconcerned about their running noses, bare feet, unkempt hair and ragged clothes. If they are fortunate enough to have a school and a regular and dedicated teacher – and if their parents can spare them from work – they get an education. But more often than not, the conditions are not ripe. They are often uninformed about health issues, hygiene and sanitation, since their mothers are often uninformed too. Diseases can still kill and infant mortality is still high in many parts of rural India. 

Problems and water challenges currently faced: 

The people in the target areas trek long distances to collect water from the streams which are contaminated. The women, girl child and children spend much time in getting pots of water for their drinking and usage purposes. Traditionally, poor rural women have worked alongside their husbands in fields, brought up children and managed the house, kept accounts, collected water, fuel wood, and fodder, looked after the animals, and 4 looked after their husbands, children and in-laws. They are poorly educated (mostly illiterate), either due to the prevailing custom of not educating girl children or a lack of means while growing up, and they have little time or opportunity once they are married off. The people especially, the children are affected with water-borne diseases. 

The provision of safe drinking water is a key development issue in the target areas, where rural households have no access to clean and safe water and communicable diseases are water-related. Rural households in the rural districts suffer frequent outbreaks of jaundice, diarrhea, and gastroenteritis. Some of the challenges in providing clean water in rural areas include geographic remoteness, poor maintenance of existing systems, and a paucity of public funds. Social factors also contribute to poor service levels in rural areas, notably the caste system and high rates of illiteracy. Providing safe drinking water to poor families in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh are critical for the economic development of the region as well as for improving health and living conditions. 

The general situation is dismal. The target rural households had no access to sanitation facilities and no latrine facilities. The rural households, thus, use ‘the bush’. 

Our Project beneficiaries belong to Backward Class, Scheduled Caste and Tribal communities who are poor and marginalized. The beneficiaries are laborers in the agricultural fields and some of them go to nearby town in search of their livelihood. While taking our surveys in the remote villages the people in the community came forward and explained about the need to combat the scarcity of Water. The community came forward for their participation in owning the bore well and its maintenance. 

Community meetings are arranged with village people. This is to mobilize interest and enthusiasm as well as raise awareness about the project. The location of the project is decided by the Local people along with Sarpanch (Village Head). The Children are also beneficiaries in this Project. 

How many beneficiaries?  

More than 74,500 approx. people will be benefited through drinking water 

100 communities (74,500 approx. people ) will be benefited through sanitation and Hygiene

To support our project/Contribute your donation to:

Budget for repairing of 100 Drinking Water Bore Wells