Assam, India is famous for its high quality black tea and home to Numi’s largest supplier. Yet Assam is one of India’s poorest states, in terms of access to safe drinking water. Fewer than 1 in 15 households have access to tap water. Many women and children walk up to 3 hours per day to collect and carry water for their families, facing security risks, poor health, and barriers to productive livelihoods.
This work will ensure community-driven, sustainable water solutions for all Tonganagaon residents. Our team will implement the following water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions:
- Improve Infrastructure. Reduce contamination of the 900 existing wells by ensuring proper drainage and upgrading hand pumps and other hardware.
- Ensure Treatment. Help the community learn how to boil and filter water to minimize bacterial contamination and iron, especially during the monsoon season.
- Safe Storage. Support community members to safely handle and transport water once it is treated so it does not become re-contaminated.
- Upgrade Latrines. Provide guidance to Chamong Tea Company, who will be improving existing latrines and constructing 900 new facilities over the next 3 years.
- Engage the Community. Implement a training program that supports the community’s adoption of good practices in water management, sanitation, and hygiene.
Thanks to the visionary leadership of our partners on the ground, Numi Organic Tea and Chamong Tea Company, we have conducted an assessment and established a baseline of living conditions and water infrastructure at Tonganagaon. The next phase of implementation entails working with one model village to establish tools and techniques to be scaled to all 12 villages.
We seek a group of visionary philanthropists to join us at the ground level as members of our Seeds of H2OPE Founders Circle—a group of leaders who step forward to catapult this timely project into action. Thanks to Numi Organic Tea and Chamong Tea Company, we have already raised $7,500 of the $57,500 needed to complete the first phase of the project, leaving a goal of $50,000 by November 1. Founders Circle members contribute at least $1,500 to the project and one $25,000 patron will be invited to travel with us to Assam to experience the work firsthand.
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