Kanupriya Harish as the Program Head, and Mr Eric de Cacqueray as Program Advisor, WHRPL focuses on providing water security to villages in and around the Thar Desert, also known as The Great Indian Desert. Access to safe and reliable water contributes to poverty alleviation in many ways— through the provision of sanitation services, water supply, affordable food, and enhanced resilience of poor communities to disease, climate shocks, and environmental degradation.
The water crisis is essentially a crisis of governance. We work to strengthen the accountability of water governance and to foster the participation of civil society in the formulation of water policy through sharing knowledge, linking stakeholders, raising awareness, organizing conferences. and building consensus on water laws and governance.
The acute water scarcity in the region leads to chronic poverty and vulnerability forcing people to compromise on water quality, sanitation, and hygiene, which have long-term impacts on their health. We promotethe construction and revival of rainwater-harvesting structures, an excellent example of the ingenuity of the local people in using inexpensive, simple traditional technology to address the drinking water needs of drought-stricken human and livestock populations.
The inability to access safe drinking water is a burden that contributes fundamentally to poverty, malnutrition, poor education, gender inequity, ecological degradation, and conflict. Hence, we have developed models for small community-based water enterprise projects to run and manage water treatment plants as well as distribution networks.