‘POLLUTED WATER COSTS LIVES. DALIT VILLAGERS WALK 6KMS TO FILL PLASTIC WATER CONTAINERS’
All donations made to this page from March - September 2012 funded a new drinking water plant that was installed in the village of Pannur in April 2013. This village now has safe water and levels of disease and illness are set to dramatically reduce. Villagers will no longer have to walk 6 kms to fetch safe water. A thousand thank-you's to everybody who help to fund this project.
The same system is urgently needed in the village of Ganna Dinni. They too need clean, safe drinking water, they have been struggling for 3.5 years to find potable water, walking several kms to find it. 100 donations of £69 will fund this project.
The ongoing drinking water crisis is affecting many villages in Southern India. Dalit children aged between 3 and 8 are bringing packed lunches to school along with plastic water bottles filled with contaminated water. After school they dig down several feet into the dry river bed to find drinkable water that has been filtered through the sand - but it is not pure water, just a bit cleaner than the water on the surface. The people of Ganna Dinni, both children and adults are contracting illnesses because of the water. Fever is rife. Parasitic worms found in contaminated water, once in the system are hard to get rid of and cause anaemia and stunted growth. Sickness and diarrhoea as we know can and does have fatal consequences for the young and old.
Quite simple and very practical, and not too expensive - a Reverse Osmosis plant that will purify the existing water supply and provide sweet, pure water for hundreds of families living in Ganna Dinni.
History of the desperate water situation in Ganna Dinni
It all began in October 2009 with, ironically, the worst floods in this part of India for 45 years.
Mercifully there was very little loss of human life but the livestock could not be saved and hundreds of sheep, buffaloes and goat were drowned. The flood was so destructive that entire villages lost their dwellings, crops, livestock and as a result, their livelihoods too.
But the longer lasting effects of this terrible flood are more devastating. Decomposing animal carcasses buried in the mud and silt residues of the flood are now polluting the water course. A drought has followed since 2009 and is creating further problems. The river once flowed freely providing drinking water to the village, both for the animals and the villagers, as well as a place for both adults and children to wash their clothes.
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