Finding a way to harvest rainwater by creating freshwater pockets in existing saline aquifers is a novel and creative way to solve the drinking water problem in the arid regions of Haryana, which have very few surface water resources
Hearing about floods and actually experiencing the death and destruction it wreaks are totally different; the PRADAN team realizes this as it struggles to find solutions to counter the devastating effects that the receding waters leave behind for the villagers
Improving sanitation facilities and making them sustainable means changing behaviour. Helping people to understand the importance of toilets can inspire them to invest their time and resources in upgrading these facilities and taking care of them. The benefits of a toilet are not only health-related—the pride, dignity and convenience that they bring are usually more important in convincing people to use them.
Undaunted by the challenges of poor irrigation, poor service delivery, low rate of literacy, poor health facilities, degraded land, under-developed agriculture, and lack of basic services in Godda, PRADAN’s initiation of INRM, is slowly transforming the land, the women and the villages, bringing hope of economic self-sufficiency.
Bringing electricity to the remote and difficult terrain of Ballimusti village by creating micro hydro projects using the available water resources in the area has transformed the darkness in the lives of the villagers and liberated them from depending on the meagre supply of kerosene to light their lamps.
Transforming the lives of villagers by combining the resources of the community, the government and the local leadership, PRADAN uses collaboration and convergence as the basic approach in creating a significant impact on the livelihoods of the community
Through exposure to and taking part in the awareness campaign, the people of Kuira realize that they have ‘the power, the unity and the right’, to decide the type of work that should be undertaken in their village under the MGNREGS.
Despite the apparent explosion in the use of mobile phone technology, only a small percentage of the rural people have gained from its use; the challenge lies in reaching out to this vast untapped section of society, through ways that take into consideration their ground realities-their needs, strengths and limitations
Tapping into the enormous potential of the school dropouts and the youth of the rural communities, the Saral TA courses in ICT training seek to transfer knowledge and skills in the basic management of specific applications, tailored to the needs of the rural ICT projects, thereby empowering them and stemming, to some measure, the flow of migration to urban areas and giving back to the rural communities valuable assets in the form of trained ICT personnel.
Introducing the 5% model and constructing happas in the drought-prone, arid uplands and midlands of molian panchayat in Bankura district has transformed barren tracts into verdant and productive lands, thereby benefiting and empowering the resource-poor occupants of the area.