UPDATE: September 15, 2015
The India Team just returned from an assessment trip in India! We've successfully met two new communities: the Schedule Tribes (ST) Colony of Chakicherla Pedda Patapu Palem, and Nasarpuram. Both communities are in the Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The India Team will be bringing clean water and permanent housing to the 250 people of the ST Colony and clean water to the 500 people of Nasarpuram.
We are currently fundraising for more than $90,000 USD to make these projects a reality! Please consider donating or helping us to fundraise. We are always in need of dedicated individuals that are willing to devote their time and expertise; so, please consider joining our Team. This is a great time to join; you will be starting these new projects from scratch! Please email James Harper, the India Program Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping us out!
Also, watch a video recently created for the India Program by the Program Lead, James Harper, here!
We are heading home from India. In the last few days of our trip, we established two community committees to manage the projects that we will be building within the ST Colony of CPPP and Nasarpuram; passed out many gifts to the children in our communities; helped inaugurate the improvements to a school that our India NGO, ASSIST, implemented recently; and had some heart-felt good-byes and hugs with our good Indian friends. We cannot wait to go back!
Our team and projects have been featured in multiple Indian newspapers! The communities, governments and media organizations are really taking an interest in our development projects here in India! Hopefully, it'll let us improve the lives of more people and get more funding.
Nasarpuram: a village of kind, hardworking and family-oriented people that are ravaged by skeletal fluorosis due to high fluoride concentrations in their groundwater supply. 50- and 60-year-old people should not be bed-bound, and teens should not be permanently deformed by the water that they drink and the food that they eat! The India Team will be working to solve this problem quickly upon our return; please consider donating if you have the means!
Never have we smiled so much in all our lives! Whether it was when the families of the ST Colony applauded during and after the introduction of our projects; or when an ST child was somewhat forced to present us with a gift of flowers and eventually broke down in tears in fear of our height and white skin; or with the ST children when I took their pictures and showed them themselves, which is something they rarely see; or when an elderly ST woman sang a traditional song to us to express her appreciation during one of our community surveys, this is shaping up to be a very successful and inspirational trip for some very kind and extremely needy people.
Having great support from your in-country NGO is so critical to development work! Thank you, ASSIST, for all of your amazing help on this trip and over the past 5 years; we could not have done this without you!
A great first day of work at our village in India: meetings with the Water Board of the community and the operators of our reverse-osmosis water treatment plant, and seeing some old friends.
In early August 2015, four EWB India Team members (James Harper, Paul Friedlander, Rod Stubbs and Sahadev Chirayath) will be traveling to Prakasam District in Andhra Pradesh, India to assess three new projects: two water purification projects and one housing project. We'll be posting our progress on this website shortly after our return to the States. Please check in for an update in mid-August!