Vrinda Azad is the former Sarpanch – or Chief – of her village, one of the most challenging positions that a woman, a dalit and a social worker can find herself in. She was elected Village Chief after more than a decade as an activist. As Sarpanch, her primary struggle was to bring electricity to her village, a quest that…
Pratima is a 5th grade student at the Jairamnagar Primary School in Bilaspur District, Chhattisgarh. Her school doesn't face the usual problems of absentee teachers but instead of an absentee hand-pump.
The 155 students at the school depended on the hand-pump on campus to re-fill their water bottles but 4 months ago, the pump ceased to function. Education officers have not been very attentive to the problem thus far, leaving both students and teachers concerned.
In the absence of a safe water source students have two options to get water. The easier option is to cross the busy road to reach a water tank. For those with a daredevil streak in them, there is an option of crossing the railway tracks of a neighbouring station where water flows freely at the public taps.
Community Correspondent, Vrinda Azad sends her children to this school as well. Everyday that they return from school without injuries or a waterborne infection is a good one. But for all involved this game of Russian Roulette has gone on for 4 months too long.
Call to Action: Please call Mr Vishwakarma, Hand pump mechanic, PHC Department on +91 975470514 and ask him to fix the hand pump immediately.
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