India – Wells for India: Second of five stories by co-founder Professor Mary Grey – “Woman at the well”

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Wells for India is UK registered charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. We have been working on water-related projects in Rajasthan in north-west India since 1987.

Working in partnership with local voluntary organisations, we focus on the poorest and most marginalised communities in rural Rajasthan, irrespective of caste, religion or ethnic background.

Our approach is participatory: priorities are set by villagers themselves, with their active involvement and contribution, so that they “own” projects, and are able to sustain the benefits after projects have ended.

Our focus is on water: the provision of sustainable water, with a strong emphasis on rainwater harvesting. We aim to support rural communities to source sufficient clean water for drinking, cooking, washing, crops and animals. Once water is available, it then becomes possible for villagers to pursue other areas of development, such as education, health and enhanced livelihoods. We encourage the revival of traditional water management wisdom combined with up-to-date scientific and technological innovation.

We currently work in three geographical areas: the Aravalli Hills, Thar Desert and Sambhar Lakes – each representing a different agro-climatic environment. We aim to develop effective methods and approaches that can be replicated and shared regionally, nationally and internationally.

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