Disease PreventionThe Hans Foundation’s revolutionary approach to health is designed at two ends; prevention and treatment.

The two major causes of diseases in India are malnourishment and a lack of access to clean drinking water.

  • Malnourishment is the single largest contributing factor to disease in the world. A healthy nutritious diet is almost impossible for hundreds of millions of Indian farmers, due to poor harvests, lack of storage facilities, inefficient access to markets, and subsequent poverty. The Hans Foundation will bring in the most effective agricultural programs in the world to thousands of villages in Uttarakhand. The poor will be well fed, healthy and will likely see a 100-200 percent increase in agricultural-based income.
  • A UN study has reported that people who have water-borne illness occupy 50 percent of the world’s hospital beds. The Hans Foundation has developed a cheap bicycle-driven system in which even a young child can filter water at a rate of 1000L/hour. Viruses and bacteria are filtered out, rendering the water clean. The system can be fixed by any average bicycle repairman and provides clean water at a cheaper rate than any other system available today. The system will be installed in every village in Uttarakhand with contaminated water sources.
  • A combination of these two programs may decrease disease rates by over 50 percent. To address the remaining need for health services, The Hans Foundation will expand its existing hub and spoke model to provide primary healthcare/emergency care access on a regular basis to the villages in Uttarakhand by 2020.

Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG)

CHIRAG has been working in the area of natural resource management and livelihood since 1986 in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. CHIRAG has presence in approximately 200 villages of four mountain districts viz. Nainital, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh and Almora. Organization has experience of working in the area of soil and water conservation, forestry, agriculture extension and livelihood & enterprise development.
CHIRAG is known for implementation of many drinking water projects in mountain villages. The strength of the organization is to build community institution for long run functionality of water schemes.

Proposal: Spring Recharge & Water Distribution (Oct 2016 – Sep 2017)
The project proposed to recharge and rejuvenate 25 natural springs through watershed development activities in 19 villages of Takula block in Almora district. These villages are not covered under any drinking water scheme and face seasonal shortages of water. It will directly benefit 1330 households and over 7500 population by providing a source of safe drinking water in their vicinity. In the first year of the project 15 villages have been surveyed and DPR of 12 villages has been prepared. Water user committees have been formed in 12 villages and a fund for repair and maintenance of the project has been created. This fund will support repair work after project completion to run water schemes in long way.

CHIRAG has done a preliminary work in these villages covering mapping of resources information related to discharge (Litre per Minute (LPM)), month wise rain fall and seasonal analysis etc. Hydrological map of the area has also been prepared to understand the drainage system in these villages. CHIRAG proposed to form village level institutions called Water User Groups (WUGs) who will be strengthened to take initiative in management of water resources in villages.
The total time span of the project is 3.5 years and in the second year of the project, natural water resources such as springs, wells and ponds and a total 10 water schemes would be implemented. Similarly, in third year, 15 water schemes will be implemented and handed over to water user groups. These WUGs will take care of operation and maintenance of the water schemes. The project will follow following strategy to implement these water schemes.
Water supply through pipes and distribution to the households through public taps. Out of 27 schemes, 26 would be gravity based water schemes and 01 solar water pumping scheme will be lifted from a distant source. Operation and maintenance of water schemes will be ensured through village based water user committees (WUCs). By end of the project 27 water schemes would be in place to serve safe drinking water to 7500 population of 19 villages.

Himmotthan Society

The Tata Trusts set up the Himmotthan Society in 2007 to address the issue of rural poverty in the Central Himalayan region. The organization has signed an MOU with the State government for the period of 10 years in March 2014. The key focus areas of the organization are Livestock, Livelihood, Agriculture, Microfinance, Education and Safe Water and Sanitation in Uttarakhand and adjoining Himachal Pradesh.
It is running various projects in Uttarakhand explained below:

  • Integrated Fodder and Livestock Development:This initiative has around 5,040 women members across over 250 villages, organized in 504 Self Help Groups and 16 Federations, most of which run dairy business.
  • Water and Sanitation: Under this component, its focus on water supply and sanitation projects, which emphasis on hygiene, IEC and BCC activities.
  • Agriculture:It is implementing “Maximizing Mountain Agriculture” project in 32 villages across 5 clusters of four districts in partnership with small grass root organizations.

The organization is currently working in 528 villages of 30 blocks in 9 districts to cover 41,345 households in Uttarakhand state through its partner organizations.
Major funders of the organizations are: Arghyam, Titan Co. Ltd., Confederation of Indian Industries – CII and Tata Trusts. The organization is currently working in 528 villages of 30 blocks in 9 districts to cover 41,345 households in Uttarakhand state through its partner organizations.

Project: E-WaSH (April 2017 – March 2018)

This is an on-going project which was started in October, 2015. The proposed project seeks to reach 5,000 children in 20 Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) and 65 Primary Schools in 4 districts- Nainital, Bageshwar, Chamoli and Tehri. The project seeks to provide potable water, functional & well maintained toilets and hygiene facilities in these AWCs and schools. It will ensure “Minimum Swachh Vidyalaya Package” which includes

  • Drinking water, functional toilets and hand wash sanitation.
  • Operation and Maintenance Systems (O& M) of drinking water facilities and toilets
  • Capacity building of School Management Committees (SMCs), Students and Gram Panchayats (GPs)

The project is also focusing on behaviour change of the students which will lead to a gradual and sustained change over time.
Implementation Strategy:
Himmothan is implementing the project through partner NGOs, Gram Panchayats and SMCs. In the first year (Oct’15- Sept’16) of the project following activities have been completed:

  • Selection of 85 Centers
  • Status review (Technical & General Baseline)
  • Development of IEC/BCC material
  • 21 DTRs for Tehri and 20 DTR for Ghat & remaining 45 DTRs are under progress
  • Water quality testing of first stage
  • Installation of 21 water filters at Bhilangana and 20 at Ghat blocks

Sensitization of School Management Committees
The E-Wash project is part of the broad education project of Himmothan. The Tata Trusts has already approved 4.19 crores for education component of this project. THF is funding the WASH component of this project. Apart from the WASH component, the organisation is also implementing the following activities which have been funded by Tata trusts as mentioned above:

  • Improve quality of care and education to 600 children under the age of six
  • Introduce Laptops to increase the role of the information technology
  • Improve learning levels and life skills of 2,600 children aged between 6 to 11 years
  • Build capacity of teachers and improving curriculum in 65 schools.

People Science Institute (PSI)

People Science Institute (PSI) was registered under Societies Registration Act (1860) in 1988. Its aim is to eradicate poverty through empowerment of the poor people. Its approach is to use human and natural resources in a productive manner for the empowerment of the poor people. The key focus areas of the organization are on Natural Resources Management, Disaster Mitigation & Response and Community- Led Watershed Development program etc. Its activities are spread all over India with a focus on the central-western Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and the poverty-ridden districts of western Orissa. The major funders of the organization are Arghyam, Axis Bank, Frank Water, Government of H.P, Guru Ganga Envirotech Trust and HIVOS etc.

Proposal: Hans Jal Dhara Bageshwar (Oct 2016 – Sep 2017)
The overall goal of the project is to develop awareness, to build institutional mechanism and capacity building of local community and provide safe drinking water sources for human as well cattle population fulfilling the minimum standards.
Major objectives of the project are:

  1. To mobilize local community through awareness campaigns and capacity building.
  2. To study the geo-hydrology of groundwater resources and provide safe drinking water for 10 selected villages of Bageshwar.
  3. Formation of 10 Village Level Institutions (VLIs) and strengthen existing community-based institutions and organizations.
  4. Preparations of spring recharge plans and WATSAN Plans and incorporating these plans in all the 10 DPRs.
  5. To develop the 10 DPRs through participatory village or hamlet level drinking water and sanitation development planning process.
  6. Increase access to entitlements related to drinking water and sanitation through convergence with government development schemes.

The project will benefit 1500 people directly and 500 people indirectly.
Implementation Strategies of the project:
Planning Phase (6 months)

  • Information, Education & Communication
  • Formation of Village Level Institutions (VLIs)
  • Geo-hydrological & Engineering Survey
  • Identification of beneficiaries & mobilization for sanitary items & rain water harvesting
  • Preparation of Detail Project Report (DPR) for water supply, rain water harvesting, spring-shed management, sanitation

Implementation Phase (12 months)

  • Construction of all planned activities as per DPR
  • Repair of existing water schemes, if required
  • IEC & Capacity Building
  • Capacity Building of (VLIs)

Operation & Maintenance Phase (6 months)

  • Establishment of Operation & Maintenance Systems
  • Capacity building of groups

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Beyond Uttarakhand

The Hans Foundation’s ‘Uttarakhand 2020’ project will change the lives of millions in Uttarakhand. The Hans Foundation will actively advocate for and fund similar pilot projects in other states across India. This will facilitate awareness and adoption of best practices in other states. The Hans Foundation extends an open invitation to other NGOs and government agencies in the upcoming years to observe the results of this revolutionary project.