FRANK Water in Telangana
What's The Challenge?
The Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) comprise about 16.6% and 8.6%, respectively, of India's population yet these communities have not yet had their water and sanitation needs met. There are two reasons for this:
Many ST/SC communities are smaller than 100 households and funding has not been allocated sufficiently to these populations;
ST/SC communities have had a lower than proportional allocation of overall funding compared to other communities in India.
In response, our project focuses on four areas of Telangana where ST/SC populations are concentrated and WASH needs have not been unmet by current government schemes.
What's FRANK Water doing about it?
We've adopted a series of alternative project models, to ensure effective water supply to the most poorly served tribal communities in Telangana, such as Tribal and Dalit families.
Solutions include bore wells, motorised and manual pumps and communal water tanks. However, each community will develop its own solutions to ensure ownership, participation and sustainability.
Where we're up to
In each of the 35 villages reached so far, every family has improved access to water. This new, convenient water supply saves people time and energy. Until then, people would spend up to 2hrs every day, fetching water. This makes life easier for people with disabilities who previously struggled to walk the necessary distance to collect water.
Awareness raising has encouraged the community to bathe more frequently, wash their hands regularly and dispose of rubbish responsibly. Using water as an entry point, we’ve motivated communities to improve their sanitation and hygiene. 82 families now have and use their own toilet whereas before they would defecate in the open.
Community engagement, awareness and enthusiasm has improved. With encouragement from BV staff, communities have volunteered their time and manpower to dig trenches and soakaway pits. After attending village meetings and working together to install the water system, communities said they felt more united.