Living in the metropolises, numerous of us believe that our lives are veritably different from the people living in villages. Malls, flyovers and the rapid-fire- paced technology does make our lives easier but some ‘ basics ’ tie us to the vast majority in rural India. The food on our table is one such ‘essential ’, as is Water. Historically, people in rural India have a deep emotional and cultural connect with their water bodies like ponds, lakes and wells. This story is about the rebirth and keep of these traditional water bodies bestrew across the geography of vill India. Today, tube wells are a common sight in townlets but with most drying up, people are forced tore-look at traditional water bodies.
But why do people still have to depend on ponds in this day and age? Beyond the obvious unavailability of drinking water, there are multiple reasons. In West Bengal, eventually ago people cleaned their ponds because they preferred the pond water over the drag well water to cook rice. In some region of Bihar a pond is cleaned so that in summer the cattle can cool off in the water. Generally considered a common property of the community; for irrigation, bathing, washing, cooking and for cattle, ponds are also the natural habitat for foliage and fauna as well as a source for recharging the ground water.
We also know that ponds can alleviate famines and act as shock absorbers in flood tide-prone areas, gulfing some of the flood tide water indeed as people find respite on their dikes. With so multiple advantages, reviving these natural reservoirs could well be the answer to the growing water crisis faced by our country.
We at AWA, are looking at localized results by reviving a vast network of ponds across rural India. Some water related conditioning were accepted, including digging, drawing and heightening of ponds and wells, dug wells and colorful ground water recharging workshop like that of making bunds etc. in different corridor of the country. The impact is yet to be understood completely but numerous vill communities and especially hundreds of women are living easier, because of it.
The strict lockdown imposed in March 2020, and lasting for over two months, hit lives and livelihoods across the country. The lockdown led to high rates of unemployment as businesses shut down and suffered due to lack of profitable conditioning.
In this situation AWA came forward and started food distribution to the poor and needy people. The first step to this mission was to insure sanitisation of cooking and food storage area. We created water- proof storages to insure that the food items bought in bulk remain safe and free of contamination. To insure zero contact with viruses, even cooking cylinders were sanitised and stored in a well- ventilated area. Our food is rich in immunity- boosting herbs. Our focus is to curtail the spread of the virus and for this, we're making sensitive operations hands free like using a foot- operated handwash basin etc.
In Current Situation we regularly distribute food in slum and basti area.