Like many other girls in the Thar Desert, Shanti wakes up at 5:00 am to help her mother collect water and feed their livestock. This 13-year-old girl would love to attend school and aspires to be a nurse and work in a hospital close to her village. Gomati Devi, Shanti’s mother, is fully supportive of Shanti’s desire to study but she is unable to collect water for the family by herself. As a result, Shanti studies at home and only attends school a few days each month after completing her chores.
A rainwater harvesting tank will capture water during the summer monsoon and can be refilled with pond water. This will enable Shanti to attend school rather than walking long distances to collect water.
A taanka (rainwater harvesting tank) with built in bio-sand water filter will be built for Shanti’s family. The taanka will capture water during the summer monsoon and can also be refilled from pond water. This will enable Shanti to attend school rather than walk long distances to collect water.
Shanti will receive a bicycle, schools supplies and tuition to attend school.
Shanti’s family will receive training to setup a garden using Khadin* cultivation. By using Khadin cultivation, Shanti’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|