The Government of Karnataka and BAIF Institute of Rural Development – Karnataka (BIRD-K) engaged in finding a permanent solution for mitigation of Fluorosis in three districts of Karnataka through an initiative called ‘Sachetana’.
Arghyam added value to this effort by supporting the awareness building and monitoring aspects of the project. Community level activities to improve knowledge, awareness and practice such as action research, monitoring and documentation, were conducted. Through the combined efforts of all the stakeholders, the project succeeded in its objectives and helped reduce Fluorosis. People in the 60 project villages have access to safe drinking water and an increased awareness about different technology to access this water.
BIRD-K is a voluntary organization that is committed to provide sustainable livelihood to the rural poor through management of natural resources and promotion of livestock development, watershed development and agri-horti-forestry as major income generation activities.