May 3, 2019
About the Charity
Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal (SSM), a voluntary organization, has been active in integrated sustainable rural development since 1959. SSM has been working in 10 blocks of Nanded and Beed districts (draught hit) of Maharashtra and changed the lives of over 30000 families through its multidimensional activities. In May 2016, YVO had supported SSM by equipping 8 villages of Nanded district with 3000 litre water tanks. We can proudly share that our contribution successfully impacted the lives of over 1000 families, i.e. over 12000 individuals who have directly benefitted from this in terms of livelihood in numerous ways. Halda, Nanded witnesses heavy soil erosion which causes silting in the water streams and rivers which reduce their water storage capacity. Silting also fills the percolation tanks and drainage lines which then overflow and cause a total loss of standing crops and heavy permanent damage on the farms along the streams.
SSM will treat the water stream by soil conservation measures adopting the Doh (small ponds) model which involves enhancing the existing natural waterway by increasing its depth to 15 feet wide and 10 feet deep for 5-6 km. This will prevent the damage due to soil erosion and give protective irrigation to the Kharif crop. In addition, SSM will also use a wall in the enhanced waterway to collect some water and create an artificial water body which will increase water retention in the area and improve groundwater levels. YVO channelized the donation received for the month of April 2018 towards funding this Doh Project for water conservation of SSM. Small Act, Big Impact? This water conservation done with your donation will not only solve their current soil erosion problems but make the village drought proof to a great extent and add a lot of convenience to the 7000+ villagers of Halda due to availability of water on demand. Not just this, it also allows an additional annual income of Rs.15000 per family because of the additional Kharif crop they can now grow due to availability of water.