FRANK Water in Eastern Andhra Pradesh
What's The Challenge?
In the remote tribal areas of the Eastern Ghats, government departments are unable to supply basic water services. Local communities are forced to travel long distances to fetch water from unsafe water sources. Without access to water, other activities are limited. For example, whilst coffee growing is a common source of income, without access to water, communities are unable to wash and process the beans, and therefore have to sell their produce at a lower rate.
What's FRANK Water doing about it?
With NGO partner VJNNS, FRANK Water will build 10 gravity-fed water systems over two years, providing safe, convenient water to 3000 people.
Using local knowledge and materials, these systems use gravity to reach even the most inaccessible locations. In each community, one stand-post is provided for every ten households, making water not only safe but convenient. Local water committees are elected to manage the systems in the long term, and empowered to engage in further development activities including sanitation.
Where we're up to
And there's more...
We've installed five gravity fed systems that supply water to 294 households (1299 people). We’ve trained 956 people in handwashing, using toilets and keeping food safe. We’ve supported each village to form committees of between 10-15 people who are trained to make sure their neighbours follow the hygiene practices they’ve learned, maintain the system (including the spring itself) and keep it clean and fully functioning. Beyond that, the committee keeps an eye on school attendance, ensuring that all children, especially girls attend.
It’s not only community engagement and infrastructure. We support VJNNS to advocate to the local government for funds. By creating a handful of examples, we can prove this model works, extending our reach far beyond those five original villages. So far, VJNNS has submitted proposals for local government to fund gravity fed systems in 40 other villages. If successful, a further 2000 people will gain access to safe water.
And we've worked with the Forest Department to plant trees. The government supplied almost 80,000 saplings, which are planted in 250 acres of land to improve its water retention.