What's The Challenge? 


FRANK Water's Odisha project covers four villages in the Gajapati district, where more than 75% of the tribal population are Scheduled Tribe - specifically the Saura tribes.

Of the 148 households across the villages, 41 live below the poverty line (BPL), surviving on an income of less than $1 per day. The landscape is hilly and most families depend on farming, wage labour and forest produce for their livelihood. 

The main water source is the stream. There are only 3 hand pumps, which operate for approximately six months each year. In these conditions, access to safe water, sanitation and adequate health services pose a daily challenge to remote tribal communities, who receive little assistance from government sources. Medical expenses account for 45% of the expenditure of the families after food and social activities. Health facilities, such as primary health centres, are up to 10km away. 

What's FRANK Water doing about it?

Toilet & Bathing Room in Village in Odisha

FRANK Water is working with NGO partner Gram Vikas to provide these four villages with safe, sustainable sources of drinking water to reduce waterborne disease and time spent collecting water. The pilot projects use WASH as a first step towards empowering communities to engage in further development. The project model is based on a 100% inclusive WASH approach which means that every household takes part and receives a water supply (funded by FRANK Water, a toilet and a bathing room (funded by the community and the Indian state). 

The water supply is tailored to each village, with a preference for gravity fed systems. The water is tested regularly and chlorinated when necessary. Communities are trained to maintain the system and required to pay a small fee to subsidise facilities for new households that join the village in the future. 

Where we're up to

Children Using Toilet & Bathing Room in Odisha

And there's more...


To date, we've reached 1674 people in nine different villages with safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Today, every household has a toilet, bathing room and safe water supply.