Water Conservation- CSR Projects India
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Updated:  15/07/2019

 

Project Pitch By: S M Sehgal Foundation

 

Proposed Project Title


Water Conservation

 

Thematic Area

Rural development projects

Sub Thematic Area

Village Adoption Program

Project Synopsis

Water scarcity in countries such as India is of global concern. Nearly 70% of India’s 1.2 billion people live in rural areas, many of which face unprecedented water shortages. Recognizing the severity of the problem, the project aims at minimizing the groundwater depletion and salinity, increasing the availability of surface and fresh groundwater resources for household and agriculture purposes. It includes construction of water recharging structures like nallah bund, culvert, gabion, recharge wells etc and aims to increase the ground water levels. It also aims to manage waste water and improve availability of water for domestic purposes through structures like soak wells, soak pits, pond, improving sanitation and hygienic conditions etc. It will help in improving overall sanitary conditions of the village leading to better health. Capacity building and awareness programs among villagers will prepare the communities to take lead and ensure the long-term sustainability of the project interventions.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 1.0 Cr - INR 5.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana

Key Project Partners
Gram Panchayat,Companies

Project Status
Proposed
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): General
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Women
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 1000 and above Families
Status of Baseline Survey: Yet To Be Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

 

This project promotes integrated water management for improved livelihoods and food security. The project supports villagers in the building of rainwater harvesting structures to collect, store, and recharge groundwater, and creates infrastructures to manage household wastewater. The project trains farmers on the application of scientific knowledge in farming practices and water-efficient irrigation techniques in agriculture.
The primary objectives of the project are:
To build rain water harvesting structures that will collect, store and recharge ground water resource
To construct structures that will manage waste water emerging from kitchen and bathroom
To enhance application of scientific knowledge in farming practices and promote water efficient irrigation techniques in agriculture
Sehgal Foundation follows a three phase strategy while implementing a project – project initiation, project implementation and post project sustainability. We begin our projects by scientifically gathering baseline data of the project area, concerning demographics and project activities. This not only provides us a portrait of the existing situation of selected areas but, it also serves as a base against which the project’s progress can be monitored and measured. We strongly believe that project’s success rests on community understanding, engagement and support, and therefore rapport building with the community and village level institutions such as Panchayati Raj Institutions, School Management Committees (SMC) and Village Health Sanitation Nutrition Committees (VHSNC) become vital. We involve the community right from designing the project to planning its sustainability. We put great emphasis on project sustainability to ensure that the positive impact of the project continues beyond the duration of the project.  We also form community based groups to aid with the process of implementation, if a particular project implementation plan demands for it. Networking with government officials, seeking timely approvals from the right authorities and sensitizing them to the community’s concerns are perennial processes of the project. After establishing rapport with the community and village level institutions, we initiate project implementation. During this phase we also share baseline findings with the community to reinforce the need for implementing the particular project. While implementing the project we make sure that the timelines are adhered to and the results are achieved. We conduct regular meetings with the community to keep them updated on the project’s progress. We lay particular stress on training and empowering groups created as part of the project, to ensure that the physical assets and social capital created during the course of the project is maintained after the projects gets over. We undertake activities to improve village governance such as building capacities of village level institutions to plan and undertake village development initiatives. We also support these institutions to access government funds for implementing development programs. We work with villagers to improve delivery of key government programs and build their skills to monitor compliance.  Our focus on improving governance stems from our belief that good governance and community participation in the governance process is essential to sustain the impact of any development project in rural areas. As we near project completion, we start moving into the project sustainability phase. During this phase, we handover the assets created under the project to the community while continuing to provide them technical support. We then evaluate the project’s impact and assimilate learning for future use, and disseminate our knowledge and experiences with the community, citizen networks, other NGOs, government and media organizations.

This project promotes integrated water management for improved livelihoods and food security. The project supports villagers in the building of rainwater harvesting structures to collect, store, and recharge groundwater, and creates infrastructures to manage household wastewater. The project trains farmers on the application of scientific knowledge in farming practices and water-efficient irrigation techniques in agriculture.

 

The primary objectives of the project are:

  • To build rain water harvesting structures that will collect, store and recharge ground water resource
  • To construct structures that will manage waste water emerging from kitchen and bathroom
  • To enhance application of scientific knowledge in farming practices and promote water efficient irrigation techniques in agriculture

 

Sehgal Foundation follows a three phase strategy while implementing a project – project initiation, project implementation and post project sustainability. We begin our projects by scientifically gathering baseline data of the project area, concerning demographics and project activities. This not only provides us a portrait of the existing situation of selected areas but, it also serves as a base against which the project’s progress can be monitored and measured. We strongly believe that project’s success rests on community understanding, engagement and support, and therefore rapport building with the community and village level institutions such as Panchayati Raj Institutions, School Management Committees (SMC) and Village Health Sanitation Nutrition Committees (VHSNC) become vital. We involve the community right from designing the project to planning its sustainability. We put great emphasis on project sustainability to ensure that the positive impact of the project continues beyond the duration of the project. 

 

We also form community based groups to aid with the process of implementation, if a particular project implementation plan demands for it. Networking with government officials, seeking timely approvals from the right authorities and sensitizing them to the community’s concerns are perennial processes of the project. After establishing rapport with the community and village level institutions, we initiate project implementation. During this phase we also share baseline findings with the community to reinforce the need for implementing the particular project. While implementing the project we make sure that the timelines are adhered to and the results are achieved. We conduct regular meetings with the community to keep them updated on the project’s progress. We lay particular stress on training and empowering groups created as part of the project, to ensure that the physical assets and social capital created during the course of the project is maintained after the projects gets over. We undertake activities to improve village governance such as building capacities of village level institutions to plan and undertake village development initiatives. We also support these institutions to access government funds for implementing development programs. We work with villagers to improve delivery of key government programs and build their skills to monitor compliance. 

 

Our focus on improving governance stems from our belief that good governance and community participation in the governance process is essential to sustain the impact of any development project in rural areas. As we near project completion, we start moving into the project sustainability phase. During this phase, we handover the assets created under the project to the community while continuing to provide them technical support. We then evaluate the project’s impact and assimilate learning for future use, and disseminate our knowledge and experiences with the community, citizen networks, other NGOs, government and media organizations.

 

 
 

Salient Features

  1. To build rain water harvesting structures that will collect, store and recharge ground water resource
  2. To construct structures that will manage waste water emerging from kitchen and bathroom
  3. To enhance application of scientific knowledge in farming practices and promote water efficient irrigation techniques in agriculture
 

About S M Sehgal Foundation

S M Sehgal Foundation is a 20 years’ old organization established in 22nd June, 1999. SMSF designs and promotes rural development interventions that create opportunities, build resilience, and provide solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in India’s poorest communities. SMSF is a public charitable trust that addresses need of rural communities in the critical areas of water security, food security and rural governance.

Our 250 members of strong team is working for the villages of Haryana, Rajasthan, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra and is implementing projects on rainwater harvesting and storage; clean drinking water and sanitation; improved farming practices and crop yields; life skills education and digital literacy; good rural governance; and building the capacities of villagers and their local councils / institutions, among others. All our projects have an emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment. With support from public and private donors, we have been able to reach over 890 villages.

Key donors

HDFC Bank, The Mosaic Company Foundation, PTC Foundation Trust, Sapient, bioMerieux India, India Development and Relief Fund, DCB Bank Ltd., Nestle India, Oracle, Fluor Daniel India Private Limited, Bayer Cropscience, GE T&D, Pernod Ricard India Charitable Foundation, K+S KALI GmbH Fertilizers (India) Private Ltd, among others.

 
 

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