The proposed commitment will extend and enhance work that is ongoing by the foundation. The activities are being implemented across 200 villages in the districts of Pali, Jodhpur and Barmer. The commitment will be implemented over six years (2010-2015) in 400 villages (200 existing villages and 200 new villages).
Specific project objectives:
2. To improve the quality of drinking water in the 200 villages where JBF already works
3. To increase the participation and representation of women and disadvantaged groups in water management and local institutions in 400 villages
4. To expand the access of local communities to sustainable livelihood strategies and options in 100 villages; creating alternate livelihoods not dependent on weather conditions and therefore less vulnerable to climate change
5. Provide training and capacity building to project staff, volunteers, local NGOs, block and district officials from relevant departments, and community leaders in designing and implementing community-based water management systems
6. Undertake collaborative work with Government departments and Institutions to map the water quality and scarcity issues in villages, hamlets and social groups that are vulnerable due to drinking water stress.
7. Establish an information centre at the Water Resource Centre with data from government and independent sources on water (availability, quality, access), sanitation, gender and exclusion related studies, government schemes and programs
8. Develop knowledge and communication products on water, sanitation, health, livelihoods in the context of climate change.
In the 200 new villages where it has not worked, JBF will:
- Mobilize local communities for conservation and management of water resources through awareness campaigns, village meetings and exposure trips
- Create/strengthen the institutional arrangement in the project area by formation of village, block and project level institutions (Jal Sabhas, Jal Samitis and Jal Parishad)
- Provide financial support for construction and restoration of 200 traditional water harvesting structures in villages, hamlets, schools and community buildings and for development of agors (water catchments) etc.
In its existing regions of work, JBF will:
- Create awareness and understanding of water related diseases, quality of sanitation and hygiene practices
- Test a range of emerging technologies for treating water quality at decentralized locations and those that can be managed by communities
- Test and demonstrate household level sanitation models in at least 50 villages that suit the socio-cultural context of the region
- Create awareness through women self-help groups and community based institutions on the importance of hygiene practices in improving the health status, especially of women and children
To increase engagement of women in these efforts, JBF will:
- Undertake a participatory study to understand the extent and process of exclusion of women and socially-marginalized groups from development processes and village level
- Prepare and implement an action plan for increasing active participation and representation of women and socially-marginalized groups
- Develop training modules for integrating gender and inclusion concerns in design of water management systems and for increasing women's participation and role in water management
To promote sustainable livelihoods, JBF will:
- Develop a strategy and action plan for livelihood promotion and vulnerability reduction to climate change for the villages
- Develop and operationalize a plan for setting up decentralized livelihood promotion centers in the project area; and generate alternative livelihoods for the community as well as resources for maintenance and expansion of existing infrastructure
As part of this commitment, JBF commits to addressing the following issues:
1) Availability and access to drinking water
2) The need for water treatment practices that reflect community context
3) The need for improved hygiene practices and sanitation facilities
4) Consumption and use of brackish water by people, and particularly animals (leading to sickness/death of livestock)
5) Livelihood security
Though the concluded project brought about a significant improvement in water availability in the 400 villages of the project area, the region has suffered severe ecological degradation due to frequent droughts and absence of a holistic drought-proofing strategy. The crisis manifests itself in a severe drinking water scarcity for people in villages outside the project area resulting in women carrying daily head loads of water from distant water sources. JBF aims at deepening its work to create water security and access of communities to safe drinking water in another 100 villages over the next 3 years by supporting traditional water management systems and appropriate technological interventions including restoration/construction of 100 water harvesting structures. JBF is seeking partnerships for financial resources to support a fresh commitment to action to address the acute water scarcity in the region by creating safe and sustainable sources of drinking water to reduce drudgery of women leading to their empowerment, improve water quality, sanitation, and hygiene, which have long-term impacts on health.