Kutch, the largest district in the country, is affected by cyclical droughts. Sahjeevan, which has worked in this area for over two decades, introduced a community-centric, decentralised drinking water model to help the villages in Kutch achieve water security. Called ‘Pani Thiye Panjo’ meaning “Let’s make this water ours again”, the project assisted over 100 villages to develop their own water sources and no longer depend on outside sources for water supply. This was developed as a multi-stakeholder programme with three funding agencies – WASMO (Water and Sanitation Management Organisation-the state government’s agency to assist in providing rural water and sanitation, Arghyam and Suzlon Foundation. The implementation of the programme was carried out by Sahjeevan, and 3 partner NGOs. Some of the main outcomes include:
Now, around 60 villages have access to drinking water and hence are no longer face water scarcity.
Sahjeevan, is a knowledge resource organization. It creates viable models, demonstrated through communities and encourages the State and other stakeholders to adopt those for up scaling. The organization then provides regional planning, training and coordination support for large scale implementation.