$1,700 to go
As the eldest daughter in the family; 13-year-old Neetu walks 5 hours to get water from a nearby pond instead of attending school. Neetu’s mother worries about her safety as a young girl walking alone in the desert and is concerned about the inability to attend school. Neetu loves school and would like to eventually attend college.
Your support will enable Neetu’s family to be given a rainwater harvesting tank, so she will have time to go to school. In addition, Neetu’s family will have a source of income and healthy food since they will receive training in sustainable, efficient agricultural cultivation.
A taanka (rainwater harvesting tank) with built in bio-sand water filter will be built for Neetu’s family. The taanka will capture water during the summer monsoon and can also be refilled from pond water. This will enable Neetu to attend school rather than walk long distances to collect water.
Neetu will receive a bicycle, schools supplies and tuition to attend school.
Neetu’s family will receive training to setup a garden using Khadin* cultivation. By using Khadin cultivation, Neetu’s family will be able to grow green vegetables and desert fruits including lemon and pomegranate. As a result, they will be able to consume more nutritious food and sell their surplus.
*The Khadin method is a 500 year-old practice that involves building a slope and using run-off rain water for agriculture. A bund at the base retains water for agriculture. This is one of the most effective and sustainable methods for promoting crop growth in water scarce regions.
|Bio Sand Water Filter||$80|
|School Supplies & Tuition||$90|
|Training & Supplies for Garden||$740|
|Field Staff Expense||$150|
|Building Taanka||4 months|
|Planting Garden||1 month|
|Providing School Supplies & Bicycles||1 month|