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Odisha women set example solving water crisis

Dig two ponds
Astaranga (Puri): Setting an example for others the women members of 32 households of Dalit populated Udayakani village have dug two ponds in the village solving the longstanding water crisis issue. 

Being severely affected by the cyclone Phailin and its subsequent flood, the women members of the village took charge to resolve the demand of water in their village with the help of ActionAid, Yong India and European Commission on Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).

The villagers of Udayakani have been displaced three times since 1956 as the houses and agricultural lands have been submerged by the sea. 

“As cyclone Phailin and subsequent flood caused a trail of damage and destruction to lives and properties of the village, the people were in urgent need of income source to meet daily basic needs for their families. Also, not a single work under MGNREGA was started in the village since the Act is operational. So, it was difficult for the villagers to sustain their lives. We decided to start wage based programme Cash for Work in the village and European Commission on Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) has provided all financial support for this activity,” said Yong India president and social activist NA Shah Ansari.

Water has already started accumulating in both the two ponds and the villagers have already started using it for bathing and other sanitary purpose, said Ansari.

“Now we are happy that we can have our daily bath and that is in our village. The support we received from these organisations has definitely added values and dignity to our community,” said Village Disaster Response Committee president Tarulata Kandi.

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