The time required is about 1½ months for repairs and 2 to 3 months for new
construction. Hence, if funds are provided, the jobs will be completed
well before this monsoon, when God willing, our structures will be filled
On an average a large structure would cost around Rs.7 to 8 lakhs of
sponsor’s funds and an additional 30% of the villagers’ contribution.
Sometimes structures that are strategically placed to impact 5 to 7 and
more villages, the costs can be as high as Rs. 25 lakhs.
First our Karyakartas connect with the local people and spread an
awareness among the populace regarding the benefits of water
harvesting. Our field workers are in close touch with the populace and
they get involved in all their hardships. They work hand to hand with
the local people and help them solve all their problems Thus, having
gained their confidence, the villagers guide us through the site
selection process and are involved in the decision making at every
Experts with experience of at least 2000 water harvesting structures
are employed to take care of the design of the structures in
consultation with the villagers. Indeed, nobody can understand the
topography and the nature of water better than the locals with their
age-old wisdom of water
A meeting is held with in entire village participating in it.
tell them that we are ready to help them if they agree to help
themselves. They have to contribute all the stone, water
masonry and part earthen bunding. The Trust provides JCB,
cement, mason, all the labour-expenses for the masonry work and 2/3rd
labour for the earthen work.
We also lay the condition that we will only come
forward if they agree to stop child marriage, dowry system, mrityu bhoj,
alcohol, and tobacco.
issues are sorted out, there is no delay from our side.
We tell them to immediately
start collecting and bringing all the stone required for the masonry to
site. As soon as the villagers comply with this, we immediately arrange
for the JCB to come to site and start the foundation digging
we select where to work
selection is one of the prime criteria in this work. The following
points are taken into consideration.
should be a some what hilly terrain where one can expect run off
during the rains. preferably the hill range should act as catchments
area for the check dam so that just a couple of hours of good rainfall
would bring millions of liters of water to the check dam site and be
able to fill the structure.
There should be enough
spread of land which would be able to hold the accumulated water. the
masonry work should be minimal so as to control expenses as well as
the possibilities of cracks.
It should be in the heart
of farmland or in the upper reaches from where there would be
appreciable impact in the villages down hill. The number of people
benefiting by the project should be reasonably large. The submerged
area should not have too many trees which are likely to be lost
because of stagnant water.
villagers should be ready to contribute at least 1/3rd of the total
expense towards the structure. This is very important because this is
what gives them a sense of ownership and makes the work sustainable
because they then are ready to maintain
What are the difficulties faced by us
are several problems, the most prominent is to convince the villagers
for the contribution. It takes a lot of hard work, sometimes our field
workers have to go from house to house to collect their part of the
villagers’ life is precarious and any small mishap in the family can
damage the prospects of completing the project on time.
The check dam may have to be
made over several peoples’ land-holdings who have varied views about how
to construct the structure. A balance has to be found and work started
with every one’s consensus.
There are plenty of negative
energies in every village who would not like to let good work happen in
any village and will take out drawbacks of every