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Safe Water

Our water program has reached more than 3 million people over the past 40 years. Access to clean water is synonymous with better health, better education and increased income. Our projects are supported by communities to ensure their sustainability.



Over 334 million people in India do not have access to potable water: wells have either gone dry or the water is extremely contaminated. It can often take hours to walk back and forth from a clean water source, decreasing a child’s school time or a woman’s opportunity to earn extra income.

Water contamination is another big problem. Water in many parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is often excessively high in fluoride. Excessive fluoride leads to a variety of health complications, including ‘fluorosis’, a disease that can result in teeth decay, joint pains, crippled bones, gastrointestinal and pregnancy problems.

Over 600 million Indians do not have toilets and are forced to defecate in the open. Negative health impacts include diarrhea, intestinal infections, malaria and Dengue fever. Social issues include security and privacy concerns for women and children.
Some statistics:


Bore Wells


Community Water Purification Plants



The success of our water and sanitation projects lies in the active participation of villagers. Villagers who wish to receive a bore well, purification system or family toilet must first apply and commit to its upkeep and proper use. Cash and kind contributions are mandatory to create a sense of ownership. Democratically elected committees are trained in program management, which ensures sustainability. Community leaders are nurtured and trained, who continue to take on further development initiatives.