SAMERTH is working in Kutch district since last two decades. Kutch is the most rain deficient region, not only in Gujarat, but also in the whole of India.
There are ten blocks in Kutch’s district. Rapar is on the east – surrounded by little Rann and big Rann. Due to irregular rainfall, low level of ground water, lack of sufficient water storage assets and the available water being highly saline – all combine together create a severe water shortage for the people of this region, especially for the marginalized communities like Koli tribe, Rabaris, Bharward and Other Backward Communities, who depend on rainfed agriculture and animal husbandry.
Samerth has facilitated building of rain water harvesting structures by leveraging National Rural Employment Guarantee programme (MGNREGS) in the hamlets and villages of Rapar block. Samerth mobilized MGNREGS for:
- Desilting and deepening of 50 water harvesting structures in the form of village ponds and preparing one new ponds viz. 51 renovated and new water structures in 20 villages
- 33 wells comprising 3 new and 30 renovated are now available for safe potable water for families from Koli, Harijans, Rabaris, etc. in far flung hamlets and villages in Rapar block.
- This together increased water harvesting capacity from 38.8 mcft to 60 mcft which can sustain all villagers if it rains around 300 mm every year.
- This altogether created 166,602 person days of work for 4520 persons for 1332 days in 18 villages and 29 hamlets.
- The village ponds were deepened, desilted/repaired, 12 kilometers (Kuccha and tar) road was constructed and 33,000 trees were planted as part of afforestation programme in the 20 operational villages.
- By utilising almost 50% of MGNREGA funds during the financial years of 2012-13, 13-14 and 14-15 of the block Samerth could reduce the migration by 40% during these years.
- Samerth also leveraged funds from GWSSB and MLA funds for further strengthening its drinking water arrangement efforts. GWSSB installed much needed infrastructure of pipelines and overhead and underground tanks at 10 places in project area investing an amount of Rs. 64,15,900 which has timely supplemented Samerth’s ongoing efforts.
- Individual donors and other institutions like Arghyam Trust -Banglore, India Development Relief Fund- USA and and Sri Raj Saubhaug Satsang Mandal- Sayla and Mumbai join hands to support the initiatives of reaching out to the hamlets where drinking water is not available.