FRANK Water in Madhya Pradesh
What's the Challenge?
In Madhya Pradesh, too much fluoride in drinking water causes yellowing of teeth and the crippling disease, fluorosis. Fluorosis has no known cure. The water is also contaminated by fecal matter which leads to gastrointestinal problems.
FRANK Water's work is focused on the Dhar district, where concentration of fluoride in the water is significantly higher than the recommended norm. We're working with three villages (3000 people) over three years. The population in this area is mostly Scheduled Tribe, living below the poverty line.
What's FRANK Water Doing About it?
Our aim is to reduce waterborne disease, particularly fluorosis, by providing these villages with safe, sustainable sources of drinking water.
To do this, we're working with PSI (People's Science Institute), to build their own resources and knowledge. Together, we'll train communities to develop their own low-impact, environmentally sustainable solutions. We'll carry out research to track the impact of our projects on the incidence of fluorosis.
Where we're up to
Over the last year we’ve successfully worked with three villages, Bankpura, Banjari and Chhoti Chetri. In 2016-17, 960 people (largely women) directly benefitted from a safe water supply near to their household, taking the total number reached up to 3400. In villages like Dhanora, women would spend more than two hours a day collecting water, walking 400m to and from the well multiple times a day.
Together with PSI, we've hosted workshops and successfully engaged with the state government at all levels to encourage them to support our work. To date, the government has agreed to support applications to the Clean India campaign to the value of £30,000.
All three villages have started building toilets - and with our support have applied for funding from the Clean India campaign and are working towards Open Defecation Free (ODF) status. In Chotichetri, 12 of 31 households have constructed their toilet. In Badichetri, 15 of 50 households and in Kaalapani 200 of 567 households have toilets.