Self-supporting community- based mitigation program that provides arsenic safe water using modified dugwells along with public education on water related health effects

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Narrative

Initially there were 6 families. Male 8 and female 5. and no children below 5 years. The word is spreading and people are using the water.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 25 Nov, 2013

    Operating Status:

    There is 4ft of water.500ml theoline was sold. 5families.30people .good water used for drinking and cooking.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Over 4 Years after completion 24 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Gave the handover folder.this well is used by 8families,30people drinking and cooking

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Over 4 Years after completion 13 Jun, 2013

    Operating Status:

    1500ml. Thenoline was sold. Rupees-30

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 4 Years after completion 14 Feb, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Water collection for annual arsenic test

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Almost 4 Years after completion 18 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Gave the hand over packet.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Almost 4 Years after completion 18 Oct, 2012

    Operating Status:

    12ft water 600ml theoline give. the theoline has been sold to the owner.

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 31 Dec, 2008 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Aug, 2008 Preparation Phase

Self-supporting community- based mitigation program that provides arsenic safe water using modified dugwells along with public education on water related health effects

Narrative

Initially there were 6 families. Male 8 and female 5. and no children below 5 years. The word is spreading and people are using the water.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

Research and Development is part of the project. Arsenic and bacterial analysis were undertaken after dugwell construction and will be executed regularly in the months of June and July respectively.

Learnings

Knowledge of project and process for sharing

Over the period of time if the water quality is good the demand increases especially when the women come to know that rice and dal (lentil) cooks well using the dugwell water and many users agree that their stomach problems of slight wind, indigestion and dysentery type ailment has reduced. No health related study has been done yet.

Impact

People Impacted: 23

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 23

As of June 2012 5 consumers belonging to 2 families use this well.
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According to register records from July 2011, there are 10 beneficiary families and 35 consumers. Males=17, females=18, and children <5=0.

People Getting Other Benefits: 50

Public health education on arsenic health effects and personal hygiene is given to all the dugwell beneficiaries. A training program on the maintenance of the dugwells (including chlorination) is given to develop a sense of ownership and to make the program sustainable. There are five field workers working on the dugwell program who are selected from the arsenic afflicted villages. They are involved in site selection, village meetings during site selection, followed by construction of the wells and also follow up the on the technical faults of the dugwells and the numebr of users. The villagers are also shown VCDs on how to improve personal health and hygeine through proper practices. The office of Aqua Welfare Society is located in the village and the coordinator and the account asistant / data entry person travel from Kolkata to meet with them weekly. Trades like well-digging, pottery, and masonry, are required for the dugwell program and are benefiting from work generated by the project.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $40

Creating and measuring long-term impact

Implementer: Project Well & Aqua Welfare Society

Aqua Welfare Society, AWS, is the partner NGO. Their office is based in the North 24 Parganas. The 8 honorary board members are located in Kolkata. There are only 5 field workers who are interacting with the villagers and beneficiaries, training the users on maintenance of the dugwells, organizing village meetings and health meetings. A technical advisor of AWS is based in Kolkata who visits the village occasionally and one awareness programmer who is in charge of awareness programs in the communities and educational institutions. There is an accountant and also a data entry person on part time basis.

Funding

Final Cost:
$909

Plan/Proposal