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
- 41 communities have improved their water situation through installing a new bore well and pump
- 8,820 people or 2,120 families have been impacted by the programme
- 1,745 people in 18 villages have attended hygiene education classes and have been informed about government sanitation programmes such as the Clean India campaign
- 2,725 people in 18 villages have attended a street play and education session on the importance of clean water, good sanitation and high levels of hygiene
Additionally, we've continued our research into watershed replenishment (e.g. through recharge pits) and treating reject water from RO plants. Both pieces of research have progressed - the recharge pits are especially popular with farmers who have noticed an increase in water levels and availability for crops and animals.