FRANK Water in Chhattisgarh
What's The Challenge?
The state of Chhattisgarh was formed in 2000. Historically, the area has been exploited for its rich natural resources, including minerals and forests. This exploitation has come at a cost for local populations who have been increasingly marginalised.
The area is home to two of India’s 13 most vulnerable indigenous population groups, classified by the government of India as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).
What's FRANK Water doing about it?
Although eligible for government funding, tribal communities still lack basic services such as water and sanitation. During the summer, women and girls travel several kilometres to collect water from unsafe sources like open wells and streams. FRANK Water will work to empower 36 tribal habitations in the Kabirdham district to claim their rights from the Indian government, starting with a safe water supply.
We'll do this alongside our NGO Partner, Samerth, by supporting the community to organise committees and prepare resource plans and submit these plans to the correct government offices. We'll help ensure the plans are implemented with local governance systems in place in order to manage services in the long term.
Where we're up to
- We have completed planning for all 36 villages. Plans have been endorsed, approved, and submitted to the local authority for budget allocation and technical sanction.
- We have reached out to and trained 256 PVTGs adolescent girls and women on Menstrual Hygiene Management in 9 operational villages.
- We have delivered 49 handwash training workshops, involving 1590 people including women and children in 36 villages
- We have organised 289 village meetings, awareness events and campaigns around water, sanitation and hygiene.
- Around 5000 volunteers have taken part in clean-up drives, improving water sources, hand pumps, roads, village lawns, cattle sheds in 20 villages.
- We have formed water, health and sanitation committees in 36 villages.
- Two water security plans are ready and will be presented in the district administration for next steps.