About India

Water conditions in India have seriously deteriorated in the past 35 years. In the burgeoning cities, people will not use the tap water if they can help it. In the countryside, rivers are polluted, the water table in many places is dropping rapidly, and the rise in population has not been matched by enhanced sanitation infrastructure. The result is that 48% of India’s children are now malnourished, not necessarily as a result of lack of food, but because of the rise of endemic conditions that produce chronic dysentery.

In 2014, two large BioSand Filter/Community Sanitation trainings were held in India, one in Rishikesh and the other in Bangalore. There were set up by Shivani Kumar, who was trained by Friendly Water for the World in Olympia, Washington, with the assistance of of the South Asia Pure Water Initiative Inc. Friendly Water for the World brought trainers from the U.S. and from Uganda. Representatives from 55 different non-governmental organizations from 22 different Indian states participated. The training in Bangalore was conducted in five languages (Tamil, Telegu, Kannada, Hindi, and English) simultaneously. Groups are now springing up all over India, from Himachal Pradesh in the north to Assam in the east to Tamil Nadu in the south. The Friends Center in Rasulia, Madhya Pradesh (in the center of India) offered yet another training, and views itself as a training center for future work Friendly Water is also supporting the Indian Social Service Institute in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu to develop its program, which may be linked to yet another training center in the south. 


 

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Project Name:  Pudukottai

Location:  India
The project will provide 30 BioSand water filters to the community of Pudukottai. The filters will be distributed over 20 orphanages, and 10 old age homes.The project is in collaboration with the Indian Social Service Institute.
Status:  Active

Start Date:  May 15, 2016
End Date:  July 20, 2016

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Project Name:  Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu

Location:  India
A Toolkit for a Biosand Filter training project at the Indian Social Services Institute
Status:  Completed

Start Date:  March 8, 2016
End Date:  May 16, 2016

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Project Name:  Gandhigram

Location:  India
This project is aimed at establishing a perminent training center at Gandhigram, Dindigul district, in Tamil Nadu. Two 20,000 liter ferro-cement rainwater catchment tanks were built to accommodate future training in this dry area. A 5 day biosand water filter training was held with trainers Nithya Menon, Wayne and Noah Medrud. Partners included Sarvodaya Sangh, Khudia Khidmatgar and LAFTI, Land for the Tillers Freedom. Three new groups were established from Andra, Maharastra and Tamil Nadu.
Status:  Active

Start Date:  August 22, 2016
End Date:  October 11, 2016

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