Every year fierce floods affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in North Bihar due to heavy rainfall and breaching of embankments. During the floods, there is a critical lack of safe drinking water, sanitation and shelter that increases the vulnerability of people to the outbreak of diseases and malnutrition.
From 2007, over two phases of the project, Arghyam supported Megh Pyne Abhiyan, (MPA) to propagate Watsan interventions in the flood prone villages, increase self-reliance of the community and enhance local coping mechanisms to reduce the community’s vulnerability to flooding. Some of these measures were taken to scale in the Chagares district by the government. The government now recognises MPA as its grassroots partner for helping provide scalable, sustainable and low-cost solutions for Watsan under flood situations.
Over the two phases of the project :
Megh Pyne Abhiyan, (MPA) meaning Cloud Water Campaign, is a campaign cum functional network initiated in December 2005, based on the belief that every individual has a right to a life with ‘dignity, determination and dominance’. It is a commitment towards a behavioural change amongst the rural communities to effectively revive, innovate and institutionalize water and sanitation management practices and mainstream issues concerning floods through collective accountability and action.