Caring for vulnerable children living in the slums and villages of India

Safe Drinking Water

Safe Drinking Water 

One of the key risks to communal health, especially in the Kalwa slum, is water quality. The slum is dotted with hundreds of bore wells. In optimum conditions, bore wells are drilled to 30-50 meters into the ground. But in urban slums like Kalwa, some bore wells as shallow as five meters down, which can be easily infected by pollution and sewage. Many people boil the water to eliminate contamination. But many other residents cannot afford to do that, or do not have the requisite knowledge to deal with the risk. 
The detrimental impact of using contaminated water is readily apparent in Kalwa. The doctors at the Shravan Health Center have seen many ailments caused by the contamination in the water. It includes extreme diarrhea, intestinal parasites, stomach diseases, and more. 

GPM has been working on solutions to open-water problems, and has embarked on a partnership with Doctors for You and the corporation Eureka Forbes that has worked on water filtration and water quality throughout India.  The goal is to set up a safe-water filtration plant in the Kalwa slum that will produce drinking water for 1000 households. This is a sustainable, social enterprise project that provides safe drinking water to those in need at a reasonable price.  Residents will have an incentive to use the clean water because it will be cheaper for them than the contaminated bore water. Moreover, residents who visit the Shravan Health Center and/or send their children to the GPM Love2Learn school will get additional discounts on clean water. This is a win-win model for the residents of the Kalwa slum.

This pilot project, the first of its kind in the Kalwa slum, is also being viewed with an eye towards replicability and scale. If it is successful, GPM will continue to partner with Eureka-Forbes and Doctors for You in order to find ways to reach wider populations.

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