The Supreme Court ordered that across states, all schools must be provided with toilets and drinking water facilities as part of students’ Right to Education. Arghyam considers sustainable access to safe drinking water an important issue and has promoted it across Karnataka.
This has been done through several methods:
Dhanya is voluntary NGO that implements development programmes in Karnataka, creating opportunities of gainful self-employment for rural families.
CSCS (Centre for Study of Culture and Society) is set up by Sir Ratan Tata Trust as an independent institute of higher learning, by a group of academicians. The major thrust of CSCS has been to understand culture in its most inclusive sense – as encompassing the diverse attempts of people to produce meaning of various kinds. The work with CSCS was partially funded by SRTT.
The Suvarna Jala Yojana was initiated by the state government with the aim of providing drinking water in 23,683 rural government schools (which is almost half the number schools in the State). This scheme, implemented as part of the Karnataka state golden jubilee year celebrations, was funded to a tune of Rs. 7735 lakh. The programme was implemented by respective zilla panchayats utilizing the services of either Nirmiti Kendras or their own engineering departments.
The Sri Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT), while largely known for making individual grants for education and medical relief, also makes institutional grants. Working with rural livelihoods and communities and on issues such as education, health and support for allied trusts are the mainstay of institutional grant making, with a few grants also being made for the promotion of arts and heritage, women’s development, rural development, etc.