Safe Drinking Water and Water Education for Ghansali, India

For: Rotary International and Rivers of the World Foundation
Crofton, MD
Organizer: Jim Harvey
Safe Drinking Water and Water Education for Ghansali, India (Rotary International and Rivers of the World Foundation)
$225
of $5,000 goal
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Raised by 5 donors

The Story

Summary:
Mr. Subijoy Dutta, a resident of Crofton, Maryland, meet with the Rotary Club of Crofton (Maryland) and proposed a safe drinking water and water education program, to be established in Ghansali, India in conjunction with the Himalayan English School in the Uttarakhand Province of India. The proposal will result in educating high school students and teachers about water quality monitoring and testing using field probes and monitoring kits. This will help in better understanding and caring of the upstream tributaries of the world's most important sources of water; the Ganges River. This effort is expected to lead to safer drinking water for Millions of people living in the Ganges river valley, now and in the future.

Ghansali is located at the headwaters of the Ganges River, one of the world's most important, yet polluted rivers. While many drinking water programs focus on well water, for much of the world's population, streams and rivers are the primary source of water. The town of Ghansali is in northern India, just south of Nepal. This is where the Ganges River begins its journey south through some of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Rivers of the World(ROW) Foundation (http://www.rowfoundation.org ), was founded by Subijoy Dutta and is staffed by volunteer experts from USA and around the world. Their approach to clean water is to teach ordinary folks how to test water quality, identify sources of pollution and contamination, and work to eliminate those sources of pollution. They provide the training and expertise and have had success across the globe, from sites in the USA, Philippines, China and India.

One of Rotary International's primary missions is to establish safe drinking water around the world. Both Rotary and ROW are non-profit charitable organizations.

The Rotary Club of Crofton has agreed to work with ROW to gather funding to support this effort. We need to collect $25,000 to establish a permanent safe drinking water education and training center in Ghansali India. Since the below proposal was provided to the Crofton Rotary, ROW has already secured a building for the center and has delivered the first testing kits, but a lot more needs to be done.

We ask that you help us reach our goal, by giving what you can and also by sharing our story and links to this site with your friends, family and colleagues. This is a chance to have a positive impact on hundreds of local folks in Uttarakhand and the millions of people that survive along the Ganges River. Thank you!

Update -- January 2017
Last year the Crofton Rotary Club introduced an international project to help identify, and ultimately mitigate, sources of pollution in the Ganges River system. This project, done in cooperation with Crofton’s Rivers of The World Foundation (ROW), seeks to establish a school for the testing and analysis of water pollution in the village of Ghansali with cooperation from the Himalayan English School. Located on the Bhilangana River, glacial waters from Nepal flow southward into the Ganges River system.

The Ganges River is one of the most polluted rivers in the world, and yet hundreds of millions of people are dependent on it for their water. Water in the Ganga has been correlated to contracting dysentery, cholera, hepatitis, as well as severe diarrhea which continues to be one of the leading causes of death of children in India. The level of coliform bacteria is too high for agricultural needs, let alone drinking water and 66% of the population experience water-borne disease.

Crofton Rotary has raised $3,000 so far for this project and our investment is already making an impact. Mr. Subijoy Dutta of ROW and Crofton Rotary has made two trips to India to lead education programs and development of the project. The Rotary Club of Crofton provided digital water testing equipment from US and additional funds to us to equip a science lab at the Himalayan English School (HES). The HES is dedicated to a program that teaches students to about water testing and monitoring, waste management and environmental management. 

There is still much to do. The lab needs additional testing kits. Each kit (pictured below) allows students to test the pH of water, conductivity, Total Dissolved Solutes, Temperature, Turbidity, Dissolved Oxygen etc. There is also a need to fund teachers and staff on site.

Subijoy visited the site twice in 2016 and led training and education programs. He is returning in early 2017 for a multi-day program and will meet with local Rotarians who are join Crofton Rotary as partners. Rotary Club Rishikesh (Charter No. 23517, RI District 3080), which is located in the nearest major town, will be our international partner. Having an international partner opens the door for possible matching grants from Rotary International, which can broaden our impact. While there, Subijoy will be conducting a field testing demonstration and seminar.

You can help the Crofton Rotary make a huge and sustained impact on safe water for million for millions in India by making your donation to the project.  

Project Proposal

PROVIDING SAFE DRINKING WATER TO A RURAL ENGLISH SCHOOL AND WATER EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN UTTARAKHAND, INDIA

Project Contacts:

Rivers of World Foundation, 1496 Harwell Ave., Crofton, MD 21114-2108 USA; http://www.rowfoundation.org

Contact: Subijoy Dutta, Ph: 410-721-7706; email: [email protected]

Darshnanand Nautiyal Foundation for Rural Development, Rishikesh, INDIA

Contact: Sudhir Nautiyal, Ph: 011-91-09410768605; email: [email protected]

Funding Request:

Phase I -We request $2,500to implement this project beginning May 2015

Phase II- We request $25,000 over the next 3 years to begin this phase of the project.

  1. INTRODUCTION

As the human population continues to grow, the availability of good quality water continues to shrink. Unfortunately, following centuries of poor water resource management, many countries have found available water resources is a major limiting factor for further growth. As a finite resource, all fresh water requires application of good sustainable management principles.

Because of a recent disaster in June 2013 where huge amount of rainfall over a very short period of time in the mountain ranges of Uttarakhand caused avalanche-style mud-slides and washed away roads, bridges, houses, people and whatever else came in the way. Unofficial estimates tally the death toll to about 35,000 people. The impacted area is shown below.

The Rivers of the World Foundation offered insignificant help and support during the disaster by providing emergency water advisory guidance by sending the brochures to Mr. Nautiyal and placing those on our website[1].

Our message below to Mr.Sudhir Nautiyal captures some of our thoughts and support to the local people there.

We are deeply concerned about the people of Uttarkhand, India and others downstream, who have been badly impacted by the recent disaster near Kedarnath-Badrinath area.

We have heard from people/volunteers in the area that the river water is getting contaminated with corpse and other pollutants being carried by the floodwater. To that end we are providing some guidance and water advisory here which should provide some help towards providing safe and drinkable water. Please follow guidance from local authorities if available.

Attached are some guidance in the following pages from the US Center for Disease Control on boiling and adding bleaching agents (Chlorine or iodine in small quantities) to make the water safe and drinkable. We have gone through some of our in-house literature on water and scores of documents in EPA, CDC and other publications and selectively extracted some relevant information to create the document below.   We think it should be helpful for people and communities.

If you can translate them in Hindi as well and distribute that, it may be more effective for the local people.”

Since then we have been diligently trying to render help to the local people there to re-establish their life. We are working very closely with Mr. Sudhir Nautiyal, Director, Darshnanand Nautiyal Foundation For Rural Development, (DNFRD), Rishikesh(shown in the Map above in Blue Oval), Uttarakhand.

Mr. Nautiyal has established a Himlayan English School there in a village, Ghansali (shown in the Map in a Blue Oval). We are trying to provide some safe drinking water for the schoolchildren and water monitoring training and education to these and other children and local communities in the area.

  1. THIS PROPOSAL

This is a two-phase proposal involving the following two activities –

  1. Phase I -We request $2,500to implement this project beginning May 2015 to provide safe drinking water to students at the Himalayan English School at Village Ghansali, Uttarakhand, India.
  2. Phase II- We request $25,000 over the next 3 years to begin this phase of the project. This will provide water education and training to the students and local communities in the Uttarakhand, India area over a period of 2 to 5 years when the program should become sustainable.

This grant (Phase I) will be very timely and useful, since Subijoy Dutta is scheduled to visit the Uttarakhand area from May 15th for one week. We can start planning for the Phase I implementation, buy necessary equipment from US, and ship those to arrive there in time.

Detail cost breakdown and budget can be provided upon further consideration.

  1. NEED STATEMENT:

This project has been initiated by Rivers of the World Foundation (ROW) (www.rowfoundation.org) because of reports from a number of local members about pollution in the rivers and lakes in Uttarakhand State, India. The issue was also raised during the 2013 Annual meeting of the RoW foundation. Mr. Subijoy Dutta, P.E., RoW Founder, visited Uttarakhand State in February 2014 and noticed the lack of clean drinking water facities in the area. The Uttarakhand Water resources minister, Mr. Prasad Naithani also urged Mr. Dutta to arrange for clean drinking water for all of the Schools in Uttarakhand area. RoW recommends a holistic watershed management approach that incorporates selected green solution BMPs to address these immediate needs of the area.  

The following information from a recent visit in February 2014 will provide some clarity on this effort involving the Himalayan English School and the need.

The need for the School is highlighted above. It needs a Science Lab for the 9th and 10th grade. We would like to set up a water testing laboratory for this school from the Phase II part of this proposal.

  1. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:

We can surely arrange to have clean water supply in Kedarnath / Badrinath area using one or more of the following systems

  • Self-Cleaning Filtration Systems
  • Dissolved Air Floatation -DAF Treatment Systems
  • Cartridge, Media, Reverse Osmosis,
  • Distillation Residential/Commercial Systems
  • Portable Water Filters
  • Bottle Water Plant Equipment
  • Turn-key Water Store Equipment
  • Poly/Fiber glass Storage Tanks
  • Bottle Water Vending Systems

Initiatives – The above project proposal is proposed by following organization who will work jointly to establish the same.

Rivers of World Foundation, 1496 Harwell Ave., Crofton, MD 21114-2108 USA

Contact: Subijoy Dutta, Ph: 410-721-7706; email: [email protected]

Darshnanand Nautiyal Foundation for Rural Development, Rishikesh/ Ghansali -249155 INDIA

Contact: Sudhir Nautiyal, Ph: 011-91-09410768605; email: [email protected]

  1. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

Introduction of - Rivers of World Foundation (http://www.rowfoundation.org)

The primary objective of the Rivers of the World (ROW) Foundation is to make all efforts to cleanup highly polluted Rivers in US, India, SE Asia, S. America, Africa, Europe, and Other Parts of the World. 

This corporation is organized operates exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Code”), and the United States Treasury Regulations promulgated hereunder, including the following charitable, educational, and scientific activities:

  1. Evaluate the eco-environmental status of the major rivers and tributaries of the world, primarily US, India, SE Asia, S. America, Africa, Europe, and Other Parts of the World.
  2. Identify ten Rivers initially which could be easily undertaken in the program to meet the primary objectives of the ROW foundation.
  3. Inform and involve the public in activities that foster the protection, enhancement, and establishment of clean rivers and sustainable development along the river banks and riparian areas.
  4. Identify, evaluate, and address threats to the biological, cultural, and economic components of conservation of the river and riparian areas.
  5. Acknowledge and promote the significance of the rivers, streams, and their adjacent riparian areas, including the effects on the ecosystem.
  6. Facilitate cooperation between private landowners, state and federal agency personnel, and other interested parties through a non-political forum concerned with area-wide needs of conservation of the river and riparian areas.
  7. Encourage voluntary participation of all potential partners to enhance and restore the biological, economic, and cultural well being of the rivers and riparian areas through educational, technical, and financial involvement.
  8. To engage in any other charitable activity for which corporations may be organized under the General Corporation Code; provided, such activities fall within the purview of  501(c)(3).

The list of members and Board of Directors for the Foundation can be seen at the link: http://www.rowfoundation.org/content/row/Rivers-of-the%20World-Volunteer-members-SECURED.pdf

Mr. Subijoy Dutta is the Founding Director of the Rivers of the World Foundation.

Mr. Dutta is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in Maryland with eligibility in all other States in US. He has designed modified cover systems for Landfills and has supervised installation of Landfill covers for several hazardous waste sites in US. He has assisted the Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi, India, in their development of regulations and guidance concerning medical waste management and landfills by providing voluntary review and comments. He initiated the Yamuna river remediation project in 1993 (see http://www.rowfoundation.org/1/). He has prepared reclamation plans for several abandoned mine sites in Eastern Oklahoma. With field support from Mr. Ram Koduri, he has constructed a low-cost biological treatment System in Hyderabad, India. This project was completed in August 2004. The effluent from the system is used for irrigating the orchards at JNTU (Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University).

Mr. Dutta has more than 40 publications in major technical journals. He also has two equipment patents pending. He has received the 1991 National Award for Individual Excellencein Environmental Restoration from the U.S. Air Force chief of Staff General Merrill A. McPeak in Washington D.C. on April 20, 1992.

He has also received the Unsung Hero Award in 1997 from the EPA Administrator, Carol Brownerfor his voluntary work towards the cleanup of the highly polluted Yamuna River in New Delhi, India.

He has authored the following two books :

  1. Sustainable Mining Practices – A Global Perspective”, published July 2005by Balkema Publishers (now a subsidiary Francis & Taylor Group, UK)
  2. Environmental Treatment Technologies for Hazardous and Medical Wastes – Remedial Scope and Efficacy”, published in March 2002 by Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Company.

He was the team leader and primary author of the EPA document Best Management Practices (BMPs) for soils treatment technologiesEPA-530-R97-007, May 1997..

While with the George Washington University on a detail as a Research Faculty on Loudoun Environmental Indicator Project (LEIP), Mr. Dutta used 15 Different Environmental Indicators to evaluate the impacts of fast growth and development on the waters and watersheds of the Goose Creek.  

He has  worked on water quality monitoring and management issues. Because of the complex relationship between growth/development and the eventual impact on the surface water quality he was coordinating with over eight different NGOs and community groups (Keep Loudoun Beautiful, Goose Creek Association, Loudoun stream monitoring workgroup, Waterford Community Groups and others) he had regular meetings and discussions about water quality monitoring and environmental impacts in that area. Many of them were concerned about drought at that time and the resulting shortage of drinking water supply. During times of drought, natural flows on the Potomac may not always be sufficient to allow water withdrawals by the utilities while still maintaining a minimum flow in the river for sustaining aquatic resources. He had identified and discussed with the cooperative entity staffed by the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. This group, Cooperative Water Supply Operations on the Potomac (CO-OP) was associated with the three major water supply agencies by a Water Supply Coordination Agreement. During this two year period he had worked on various grant packages for submission to the USDA on watersheds and groundwater issues. He went through the grant regulations in detail for preparing the packages. He developed the proposal "Use of Environmental Indicators to Identify and Predict the Problems of a Watershed as Compared to Standard Hydrogeological Study".  

With active interaction with the GW team and Loudoun Environmental partners, Mr. Dutta had developed a Citizen’s Guide to Water Conservation and Lawn care as part of its initiative to provide practical information which residents can apply and make a difference in Loudoun County. Excerpt from the Guide include: sample tips pertaining to pesticides use.

Support for the Guide was provided by the Canaan Valley Institute, Loudoun County Sanitation Authority, Leesburg Environmental Advisory Commission, and the Loudoun Times-Mirror. 42,000 copies of this guide developed by Mr. Dutta was distributed to Loudoun residents.

Darshnanand Nautiyal Foundation for Rural Development”, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

INTRODUCTION -

It is a charitable no profit and government registered Trust in Rishikesh on 1 May 2009. The key areas to work were identified as rural development particularly in value based education, vocational training and skill development with employment generation activities.

The main objectives of DNFRD are as under

    • To improve education standards and facilities, in particular Technical Education by establishing or running the institute, promoting literacy, and offering value-based education.
    • To develop and strengthen a comprehensive, convergent, sustainable, and participatory rural development program.
    • To promote skill development activities, vocational and self employment training.
    • To empower rural women and youth.

ACTIVITIES

Keeping above objectives in mind DNFRD has initiated following activities –

  • UTTARAKHAND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE, GHANSALI- Established and running a vocational training centre at village GHANSALI since 29th Oct 2009. UVTC is providing State Government approved SCVT courses to the youths of this region –
  1. Computer Operator cum programming assistant and
  2. Dress Making / Garmenting

The course is accredited by State Council of Vocational Training, UTTARAKHAND. Along with this we also conduct six months short term courses.

UVTC is having all type of very good infrastructure of training including qualified faculties, the latest equipment and follow modern techniques of imparting training.

PARTNER INSTITUTION with NIESBUD (Ministry of MSME, GOV of INDIA) –

Since 2010 we are Partner Institutionof

  • Since Aug 2010 to Mar 2013 Partner Institution ofIndian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Dehradun(IIE) (Ministry of MSME, Gov of India)
  • Now since April 2013 Partner Institution of National Institute Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development, Dehradun(NIESBUD) a Government body under the Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprise (Gov. of India).
  • We are the EDP training providers to promote entrepreneurship among youths and so far provided Entrepreneurial Development Trainings in different areas to about 800 youths in three years’ time. These Trainings were given in following trades –
  1. Computer Education - Computer Hardware and Software, Computer Hardware and Networking, Computer accounting with Tally, Web designing, etc.
  2. Mobile Repairing
  3. Fashion Designing, Dress Making
  4. Digital and Video photography
  5. Tour Operator Guide

COMPUTER TRAINING CENTRE, RISHIKESH - Running a Computer training centre in Rishikesh District Dehradun UTTARAKHAND since Aug 2010. We have complete structure for computer training.

HIMALAYAN ENGLISH SCHOOL, GHANSALI– Established in April 2012 in village Ghansali District Tehri Garhwal (UTTARAKHAND). The school is accredited with Uttarakhand Gov and provides good quality English medium education to rural children from class II to class IX. It is co-ed school contains good infrastructure and having all modern amenities. School is equipped to provide vocational trainings to all students along with academic studies.

GARMENT PRODUCTION CENTER, GHANSALI– Working with NABARD in Rural innovation Project and Skill Development initiative programs. We have established a Garment Production Unit in Nov 2011 in our Training Centre in Ghansali. After providing skill development training to many youths of this region, we give them opportunity to work in our garment production centre in this village. This production unit is producing ladies wear items and woollens and products are being sold in the local market. By this activity we are providing self employment to poor rural women of this region.

About Founder of DNFRD

Sudhir K Nautiyal- Undersigned is a native of village Ghansali, UTTARAKHAND with following qualifications-

  1. Text. (Technology)from Govt Central Textile Institute Kanpur
  2. Sc. From Lucknow University

Post Diploma in Business Admin from Kanpur University

Working Experience- 30 years in various reputed textile industries of India and abroad.

Since 2008 to till date working in the field of rural development in UTTARAKHAND.

Presently having following engagements –

1)      DNFRD, Rishikesh   - Founder Trustee

2)      UVTC , Ghansali, Tehri Garhwal

3)      Himalayan English School, Ghansali

4)      Garment Production Centre Ghansali

5) The Clean Himalaya Society, Rishikesh – Board Member since the year 2009.

The Clean Himalaya Society is a charitable organization working in the field of restoring sanctity of River GANGA and environment by managing public waste in scientific way.

[1]Link to Water Advisory/Guidance during Disasters http://www.rowfoundation.org/content/row/Boil-water-Advisory-during-Disaster.pdf

[1] Link to Water Advisory/Guidance during Disasters http://www.rowfoundation.org/content/row/Boil-water-Advisory-during-Disaster.pdf

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 25, 2017

Posted on January 25, 2017

January 2017

Crofton Rotary’s International Impact

Last year the Crofton Rotary Club introduced an international project to help identify, and ultimately mitigate, sources of pollution in the Ganges River system. This project, done in cooperation with Crofton’s Rivers of The World Foundation (ROW), seeks to establish a school for the testing and analysis of water pollution in the village of Ghansali with cooperation from the Himalayan English School. Located on the Bhilangana River, glacial waters from Nepal flow southward into the Ganges River system.

The Ganges River is one of the most polluted rivers in the world, and yet hundreds of millions of people are dependent on it for their water. Water in the Ganga has been correlated to contracting dysentery, cholera, hepatitis, as well as severe diarrhea which continues to be one of the leading causes of death of children in India. The level of coliform bacteria is too high for agricultural needs, let alone drinking water and 66% of the population experience water-borne disease.

Crofton Rotary has raised $3,000 so far for this project and our investment is already making an impact. Mr. Subijoy Dutta of ROW and Crofton Rotary has made two trips to India to lead education programs and development of the project. The Rotary Club of Crofton provided digital water testing equipment from US and additional funds to us to equip a science lab at the Himalayan English School (HES). The HES is dedicated to a program that teaches students to about water testing and monitoring, waste management and environmental management. 

There is still much to do. The lab needs additional testing kits. Each kit (pictured below) allows students to test the pH of water, conductivity, Total Dissolved Solutes, Temperature, Turbidity, Dissolved Oxygen etc. There is also a need to fund teachers and staff on site.

Subijoy visited the site twice in 2016 and led training and education programs. He is returning in early 2017 for a multi-day program and will meet with local Rotarians who are join Crofton Rotary as partners. Rotary Club Rishikesh (Charter No. 23517, RI District 3080), which is located in the nearest major town, will be our international partner. Having an international partner opens the door for possible matching grants from Rotary International, which can broaden our impact. While there, Subijoy will be conducting a field testing demonstration and seminar.

You can help the Crofton Rotary make a huge and sustained impact on safe water for million for millions in India by making your donation to the project.  

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