Bihar’s Thirst for Safe Drinking Water

Imagine walking several kilometers everyday for a bucket of water- that too muddy water. This is a part of the daily life of residents of Chanandi Village, in Bihar. VV-PACS Community Correspondent Amit Kumar from Gaya district, Bihar reports about the water scarcity in this community. Despite the installation of more than 3.5 million hand pumps by the government as a part of water supply schemes, in many parts of the country, the mammoth task of getting water to the masses is still a dream. For the past 4 years, 60 families living in Chanandi village have been facing acute scarcity of water as there is no hand pump or other water source. Four years ago, a pipe had been inserted but until now there is no trace of the hand pump. 'Our children have to get water during the school hours, so they can't study and attend school' says Mina Devi. The story doesn't end here. Residents either have to drink contaminated water or travel miles to quench their thirst. Call to Action: Please call the Village Head on 9939216804 and ask him to get a hand pump installed in the village. About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organisations.

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