Death of a Dream

by WaterAid


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I dream of becoming a doctor. I want to save lives. I want to make my country proud. I want my parents to hold their heads high and take pride in my achievements. On any given day, I am spending more time in walking between home and the riverbank than in studying.

I am Ilyas, a student of Class 7th. I stay at my Naani’s (grandmother’s) house and attend the village school. Access to water is a big problem in my village. There are only a few hand pumps here. As a result there are long queues at each, but none of them give water consistently — some give no water, some give dirty water, while others give salty water. Water from none of them is fit for drinking. Therefore, my mother asks me to fetch water from the river instead.


But even water from the river isn’t clean. People bathe their buffaloes in it and thus pollute the water. We are bound to fall sick if we consume it. In fact I have a fever right now. But I don’t want my family to go thirsty, so I will go and collect water from the river, just like every day. The river is situated quite far from the village. My grandmother is old and cannot make the walk to the river. My mother has a hundred other household chores to look into.


So, it is usually my responsibility to go to the river and fetch water. The walk to the riverbank is difficult as the pathway is uphill and downhill. I have to make multiple trips along it and walk back with heavy loads of water. It takes up a lot of time every day. As a result, I am often late for school and get scolded by the teachers for it. But there’s little I can do. I dream of becoming a doctor and saving lives, but I spend most of my day ensuring we have enough water to survive.


Acute scarcity of water has pushed Bundelkhand down on most social and economic parameters of well-being. Increasing school drop-out rates, rising health issues, lack of livelihood opportunities and large-scale migration are just some of the effects that have intensified due to the drought.

Many dreams are lying unfulfilled. Many lives are waiting for things to change for the better. And you can make it happen.


Access to clean water – A step towards fulfilling dreams

Our goal is to raise INR 500,000. Through the money raised, WaterAid India will provide access to water to the communities in Chitrakoot and Banda.


Globally 844 million people lack access to clean water. India alone accounts for 163 million1. In India, only 57% of the population has access to water available on the premises and only 31% of the rural population has access to piped water supply. The burden of collecting water falls mainly on women who walk many rounds and long distances simply to get access to clean water. Access to clean water closer home can give people the time and resources to find jobs, learn new skills and run successful businesses. It helps them break free from poverty and change their lives for good. Access to clean water helps babies make it through their vulnerable first five years, gives new mums the best chance of survival and gives everyone in a family a fighting chance to avoide waterborne diseases. When clean water is easily accessible at school premises for drinking and washing, children do not drop out, which enables them to study and gives them a chance to live their dreams and build a better future for themselves and their families. Access to clean water is critical to help people live their lives to the fullest. WaterAid is an international non-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these three essentials in ways that last, can people change their lives for good. Since 1986, In 2017-18, it reached 209,971 people with access to clean water and 474,910 people with access to decent sanitation. WaterAid India is registered as Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (JSCF) in the country as a not-for-profit company and is an associate member of WaterAid International. In 2016-17, WaterAid India reached to 6,03,716 people with access to clean water, 11,71,524 people with access to toilets and 15,66,669 people with hygiene education. Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are basic human rights. They should be a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere – but they aren't. That's why we're here. To know more about who we are and what we do *Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation by WHO and UNICEF
Audited Financials 2017-18
Engineering Staff College of India I acknowledge Water Aid India to be a valuable partner in the implementation of the WASH projects that aims to provide access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in the districts/communities of State of Telangana. We are aware of Water Aid’s work in the past few years as a strong WASH partner with sound Technical knowhow Capable of taking up hardware installations in WASH Sector. Water Aid India has a wide outreach and commendable research work and programs around critical WASH themes done across different states of India and their international network and outreach is well known. I admire the policy as well as program changes that Water Aid could leverage for improving quality of life of the most needy communities through their community level WASH interventions advocacy initiatives. I am also thankful to them for the valuable insights that they have provided to improve our programs and partnerships. As a joint partner Engineering Staff college of India (ESCI) a National Key Resources Centre (KRC) empaneled with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDWS) Govt. of India desires to take up large scale initiatives in WASH Sector with its strong technical expertise. I wish Water Aid great success in all their future endeavours and look forward to greater cooperation for our ongoing collaboration with Water Aid.
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