IGSSS has begun responding to the Odisha Drought Campaign in the districts of Bolangir and Kalahandi in Odisha. The Drought Response, in its initial phase, is reaching out to five villages in each of the districts. The response is aimed at reaching out to vulnerable families in fifteen villages affected due to drought in Odisha and help them access water.
On May 31st, 2016, IGSSS launched an online campaign to raise funds for Odisha Drought. So far more than 600 friends and supporters have come forward and contributed Rs. 15.50 lakhs. IGSSS is utilising the funds to repair and renovate water harvesting structures in the most affected villages of Odisha. IGSSS visited some of those villages and shares the condition on ground.
After Maharashtra, Odisha is one of the worst drought affected States in the country, with 27 out of its 30 districts severely reeling under scarcity of water. Kalahandi is one of them.
The village dwellers of Kalahandi have no access to water to fulfil their daily needs. With all water sources in the proximity dried up, the members of the Community have to seek out and rely on limited sources; which requires considerable investment of time and energy.
A dried up pond used for farming as well as bathing and other daily purposes. This pond has been dry since December. The villagers walk up to 6 to 7 Kms every day to take bath, to collect water for drinking and animal rearing.
Rendabahali village, Kalahandi
The above picture shows an open well, 15 feet in depth with water taking up less than half feet. Major drinking water sources in the area are 5 tube well (out of which 4 are in working condition) and 5 open well (None of them have adequate water)
Raidunipadar Village, Kalahandi
A month ago, people from the community identified a place close to a dry pond area and began digging it to create small water structures. These structures are currently the primary source of water in the village and the members rely on it for drinking, bathing and other daily purposes.