Focus Area: Health
Region / State: West Bengal
Duration: 2 years
It is an approved fact that availability of clean drinking water is a key factor for healthy living. UNICEF study reveals that clean tap water access in Muslim populated areas is 36% which is 4% below the national average. Many of the Muslim populated areas have open drainage system that triggers the spread of contagious diseases. Some areas where Muslims reside have ground water contaminated with arsenic and fluorides causing systemic diseases.
The primary responsibility of providing basic amenities lies with the government. Schemes for addressing this issue are abundant but the implementation of such programmes fails badly due to corruption and mismanagement. Responsible NGOs and people’s movements have the responsibility to mobilize people to persuade effective implementation of government schemes and to demonstrate successful implementation of model projects.
Scope of the Project
Non-availability of clean and pure drinking water is a major issue in the country in general, and Muslim concentrated areas in particular. Infrastructure development to provide clean drinking water will result in miraculous changes in alleviating many contagious diseases, and improving the health condition of the people. Governmental attention in many Muslim concentrated areas is near-zero, and so basic amenities and clean drinking water remain a mirage to most of the rural areas in the country. This project aims to address this critical issue in the backward Muslim villages across the country.
Goal and Objectives
The Goal is to dig hand-pump operated borewells in villages where the population live in clusters of hutments. One borewell could cater to the needs of around 10 to 25 families.
This project as a starter is proposed to be implemented in Muslim concentrated villages in West Bengal where people are forced to fetch water from contaminated sources or walk a long distance to collect potable water. Arsenic and fluoride pollution in ground water is another threat to public health in some of these villages.