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Project information

Year round drinking water for desert families

From water poverty to water security. With your help we can work with remote, rural communities in India to build roof rain water harvesting systems to capture the precious monsoon rains and store in tanks providing year-round drinking water.

April 2019 - March 2020

Charity information: WaterHarvest

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  • Need


    We take water for granted. Life is vastly different for families in the isolated villages of Kutch, Gujarat where there is a deepening water crisis. These villages are in one of the most arid zones in India. Women and girls spend a third of their lifetime making the perilous daily search for water in unbearable heat. Burdened by a 20kg ‘matka’ pot, it is a back-breaking daily struggle. No time to earn a living. No freedom to go to school. No escape from illness. No way out of the poverty trap.


    With your help we can help these forgotten families take the first step out of poverty. Together with the community we will build 31 life-saving roof rainwater harvesting systems on homes to capture the precious monsoon rains and store in individual tanks providing year-round drinking water. Your support will have a transformational impact on the village’s future. Women will be healthier and free to work. Girls will have the freedom to gain an education and the chance of a better future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To alleviate water poverty for 31 families in two remote villages in Kutch, Gujarat, Western India.


    » To build 31 Roof Rain Water Harvesting Systems on village homes to capture the monsoon rain providing year-round safer drinking water.

    What success will look like

    By reaching the £20,000 target, which will mean we can implement Roof Rain Water Harvesting Systems in 31 family houses.

    Aim 2

    For girls to go back to school to reach their full potential and have hope for the future.


    » By providing water security for 31 families, girls will have the freedom to go to school released from the burden of walking to fetch water.

    What success will look like

    Girls will have the opportunity to go to school if we reach the £20,000 target and the 31 homes will have water security.

  • Impact


    The simple roof rain water harvesting systems are a sustainable, easy to maintain safer water solution which meets the needs of people living in the dry arid villages of Kutch. Families will be healthier and free to work and gain an education impacting the quality of life for future generations. We will track the long term progress of this project and will continue to work with the communities in Gujarat.


    Families will help build the Roof Rain Water Harvesting Systems so they feel that this is not a handout but they have made a valuable contribution. This involvement improves maintenance and sustainability. We are confident that they will do this.


    Donors will be able to follow the progress of the project on a dedicated page on our website. We will post regular updates, photos and case studies to they can see how their contribution has made a life-changing impact on families' lives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,140

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,309 Rain Water Harvesting Systems We will build 31 Roof Rain Water Harvesting Systems.
      £1,831 Monitoring and evaluation Ensuring the project is delivered on time, on budget and in a sustainable way.
  • Background


    The two villages Fafra Vandh and Dungrani Vandh are located in the remote drylands of Kutch, Gujarat, Western India. Within the Kutch District, the Rapar block, where these villages are located, in particular suffers; the block is dry, saline and considered one of the most arid zones in India. The weather conditions in the Rapar block are also extreme, soaring temperatures of 47°C are recorded in the summer, yet descend to low temperatures of 6-7°C in the winter.


    This project will change the lives of 31 forgotten families located in these remote and isolated villages. A typical family in this area would be 6 people. The whole family will benefit from better health by drinking safer water. They will also all benefit financially as often families have to buy water at high prices. The girls will benefit from being able to go to school, rather than spending time fetching water - often several kilometres away.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    WaterHarvest has 31 years experience of working with the most marginalised people in Western India. We work with rural communities to implement the most cost-effective and sustainable small-scale water solutions that are completely owned and maintained by the families who benefit. Although we are relatively small, we make a life-changing impact. We closely monitor the implementation and accounting of the projects to ensure that as many people as possible have access to safer water.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Samerth Charitable Trust

    Samerth Charitable Trust has partnered with WaterHarvest to collaboratively tackle water poverty issues faced by families in Gujarat.

    Om Prakash Sharma

    Om Prakash is the India Director for WaterHarvest. He manages all the project work in India.