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Eliminating Water Poverty

Submitted by: Dolly Parikh, Rotary Club of Silicon Valley for Global Impact

Project Owner: Rotary Club of Silicon Valley for Global Impact & Overseas Volunteer for a Better India

Project Description:
India is in the grip of extreme water poverty – 54% of India faces high to extremely high water stress and severe drought impacts over 25% of India’s population. If this vicious cycle is not reversed rapidly, we will see increased farmer suicides, mass migrations and human suffering in a scale unimaginable.

During the last four years, Overseas Volunteers for a Better India (OVBI), a US-based non-profit has worked with nearly 400 drought-stricken villages on water infrastructure and education. Partnering closely with government bodies, ex-ISRO scientists, other NGOs and local communities, OVBI has helped de-silting water bodies, build micro-dams, recharge wells in rural villages. Building on this foundation and on-ground experience, OVBI is on a mission to Eliminate Water Poverty in 5000 villages by 2023 and scale it to the entire nation by 2030.

Our vision is to transform India from a state of water poverty to water plenty by 2030.

$1500 can eliminate water poverty in one village of 2000 residents.

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  • Contact: Dolly Parikh, Executive Director,, (408) 242-3670