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Sustainability

Raindrops for life

Logarpura village

WEDC, a department of Loughborough University, is  one of the world's leading education, training, research and consultancy  institutes concerned with improving access to infrastructure services for the  poor in low and middle income countries, it's aim is to work towards  sustainable development and 'making poverty history'.

Lady working in the village of Logarpura

 

The WEDC team is multi-disciplinary, comprising academic, professional and support staff who have considerable experience of low and middle income countries, facing challenges with solutions that have been proven to work.WEDC looks at solving long-running problems where people live in extreme poverty without accessible safe drinking water, without adequate sanitation and where one in five children die before their fifth birthday. WEDC tries interdisciplinary approaches which improve benefits into the future.

WEDC emphasis on people-centred solutions focuses on both end users and the providers of services. The needs and demands of men, women and children for services and infrastructure are the starting point.

Learn more about WEDC at their website

The Project in Detail

People sitting on the groundThrough WEDC imago Services will be working with Vasudha Vikas Sansthan (VVS) a Voluntary Organization established in November 2000. VVS is committed to the cause of sustainable Rural Development by Implementing Several Rural Development Programs in over 100 Villages in Dhar and, Jhabua Districts of Madhya Pradesh. The project will be based in Logarpura village at the foothills of Vindhyachal Valley, where access to the village is very difficult especially in the monsoon when the village is entirely cut off.

The major sources of drinking water in the village include 2 hand pumps and 3 individual wells which have very little or no drinking water during summer months. As a result women walk long distances to the nearest village, where they have to wait for water. The general practice of open defecation increases the contamination of open water sources including the stream where drinking water is collected.

 

Adults and children standing around a pool of waterWater is not treated before drinking and water storage containers are generally not covered. During water crises in the summer, the stream does not yield enough water and villagers have to queue up and wait to collect water using small pots.The village does not have any toilet facilities and personal hygiene practices are poor.

 

The objectives of  the project are:

The goals of the project are:

 

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