First our Karyakartas (field workers) contact and motivate the people and spread an awareness among the populace regarding the need of the area and the benefits of water harvesting.
Site selection takes place in consultation with the locals and our experts. Experts with experience of at least 2000 water harvesting structures are employed to take care of the design of the structures in consultation with the villagers. Indeed, nobody can understand the topography and the nature of water better than the locals with their age old wisdom of water harvesting.
Village meeting is held in which the Terms and Conditions are discussed at length.
As soon as the villagers agree to provide all the stone, gravel, and water required for the masonry work and also part of the labor for the earthen work (which collectively amounts to about 40% of the work). We tell them that from our side we are ready to undertake construction.The villagers are asked to immediately start collecting stone and gravel etc at the site. Any delay from our side is likely to disrupt constructional activity because the economical and psychological balance is extremely fragile and villagers succumb to negative forces and it becomes a non-starter. Meanwhile, we collect all the relevant data needed like the number of wells likely to be recharged; the number of people to be directly impacted by the work; the number of additional hectares likely to come under cultivation and how to make the river perennial.
The govt. machinery has also to be taken into confidence so that work of construction proceeds smoothly and no impediments occur during implementation.
The time required is about 1½ months for repairs and 2 to 3 months for new construction. Hence, the jobs will be completed within 3 months and the following monsoon, God willing, our structures will be filled with water.
We give full visibility to our donors and complete transparency of accounts is maintained. All material purchased for the construction is signed and verified by the villagers’ committee as well as our kariyakartas (field workers). Upon completion of the structure, a marble nameplate is installed, clearly stating the name and amount received from the donors and the amount contributed by the village.
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