The Himalayan region receives high rainfall. However, most of it is concentrated in the monsoon season leaving local communities struggling for access to potable water during other times of the year. This meant that the women, who were primarily responsible for fetching water, travelled long distances braving the odds of high gradient due to the mountainous terrain for fetching water for household purposes and livestock. Arghyam supported Himalaya Seva Sangh (HSS) to institutionalise community based water supply systems to ensure perennial water availability. This was done by tapping the existing water harvesting structure. The project’s key components were:
The project ensured improved access of water for women, who did not have to travel long distances in a hilly terrain to access water for day to day use.
Himalaya Seva Sangh (HSS), a Gandhian organization working with the objectives of promoting community action for social and economic development in the Himalayan region. It seeks to guide, coordinate and promote, the activities of voluntary organisations and individual social workers for the socio-economic upliftment of the people of that region.