Advit made a marked difference in 20 villages in Rajasthan, with a population of about 3000 in each, i.e. more than 60,000 individuals in total. Under this project, water was made available in all these villages by constructing five anicuts (small check dams). Before the building of check dams, the women in these villages had to walk at least 5km to fetch water. In addition to constructing check dams, villagers were provided training to enable them to maintain the structures themselves.
As a result of this initiative, the water table of the region has improved considerably. Water conservation structures with recharging capacity of more than 1,00,000 cu m of water have been created. The soil moisture has increased; as a result the cropping pattern has improved. More than 7000 livestock are benefitted. There by enhancing the income of communities.
This project was awarded best Beyond the Fence water conservation project by CII in 2009.
Advit has brought light into the lives of BPL (Below Poverty Line) households in village Meoka. Prior to this intervention, the village was solely dependent on the scant electricity supply.
Meoka is a small village located on the Gurgaon Pataudi road in Haryana. The village consists of 85 households, 16 of which are below the poverty line. All the BPL houses are now equipped with a solar LED light attached with a battery and a solar panel.
The villagers who have been benefitted are happy that their dependency on the electricity supply has reduced. Their children are now able to study at night and for the women cooking has become less cumbersome.
Rajesh is a worker in a factory at Panipat and has been working in factories since he was 18 years old. He originally belongs to Bulandshehar district in Uttar Pradesh and migrated to Panipat 22 years ago with his family when his father came here looking for work in the carpet weaving industry.
Rajesh is not educated and hence he doesn't know the hazards attached to his occupation. After being a part of the training provided by Advit, he understands that prolonged work life in an industry can cause certain occupational diseases and health issues. He has now learned about the appropriate working conditions, health and safety precautions and better habits leading to a long and healthy life.
Rani learnt tailoring at Advit's centre for learning at Ghata village where skills that would help enhance livelihoods are taught. She also learnt making newspaper bags by stitching instead of using glue. Now she makes 100 bags per day. She is able to earn Rs 3000 per month by selling paper bags for Re. 1 per bag.
Babli is the youngest amongst her 3 brothers and 1 sister. Having lost her father early in life she was brought up by her mother. She is 16 yrs and studies in class 10. She is the only one attending school. All her other siblings are school-dropouts. Her sister studied till class 8 and the brothers till class 10, 6 and 8 respectively. Today all of them sit at home. Babli goes to the village school and wants to pursue higher studies.