Safe water for Korku & Barela Tribes
Introduction of Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) with WADI to Korku and Barela tribes living in remote villages around Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh.
- Customer/s: ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG
- Partner: Caritas India, Khandwa Diocesan Social Services (KDSS)
- Project Area: Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh, India
- Target Group: 1,000 households (more than 4,000 beneficiaries)
- Start/End: March 2018 - ongoing
Disinfecting water with the power of the sun
Water is a finite and irreplaceable resource that is fundamental to human survival and well-being. However, in many parts of India the provision of safe drinking water is still not secured and millions of people in Madhya Pradesh lack access to safe, sufficient and affordable water. In India, 140,000 children die from diarrhea every year.
Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) in combination with the WADI indicator provides an easy-to-use, sustainable and cost-efficient solution to reduce water borne diseases by providing households, schools and communities with safe drinking water.
In cooperation with the experienced staff of Caritas India and their long-time local partner Khandwa Diocesan Social Services (KDSS), we have selected villages home to Korku and Barela tribes and have trained community workers to raise awareness about water borne diseases and how to disinfect water using the power of the sun and a WADI.
In a joint kick-off event with ALPLA and HELIOZ, we have inaugurated the project and initiated the initial WADI distribution to households in the Korku village Indrakheda. Project roll out will continue in phases with Devilikala and Taliyadharh being the next villages to profit from the safe water program.
Typically, Korku people suffer from diarrheal disease multiple times a year and spend money on doctor visits, medicine or on treatments by traditional healers. These costs amount to 4,200 Rs (55 EUR) per family per year. Once the roll out is completed, 3 million liters of water will be disinfected per year and more than 4,000 people will benefit from safe drinking water, becoming less sick and saving costs on health-related expenditures annually.
HELIOZ and ALPLA are supporting Caritas India and KDSS to bring WADIs to villages around Khandwa and provide safe drinking water to local communities reducing the incidents of water borne diseases.
By collaborating closely, we are realizing the following objectives of the project: