One can’t miss the happiness on the faces of around 600 Adivasi villagers at Thakurpada, a remote hamlet 48 km from Nashik, when a drinking water supply project was inaugurated by RC Nasik Grapecity, RID 3030, with the help of CSR funds from Glenmark Pharmaceuticials.
Having come to know that the women in this village found it difficult to go down a deep well of over 900 metres to fetch water, the club adopted Thakurpada with the aim to lay a pipeline from the well to a storage tank near their houses. “The health and productivity of women in the village were badly affected as drinking water is not easily accessible to them,” said Asha Venugopal, Club Service Director. A pipeline with a pump was laid from the well to the village and a 10,000 litre-water tank was installed at the village to connect with the pipeline. The storage tank was then linked to taps at various points near the houses for easy access to drinking water. Under the guidance of Club President Rajan Pillai and his team, including the Anns, the water pipeline was laid and the facility was inaugurated on May 24, its Charter Day. Club Secretary Anil Deshmukh, Vice-President Kavita Dagaonkar, Ann Rajendra Patankar, Rtns Jayant Khairnar, Amol Kabra and Kiran Neve have contributed for the success of the project.
In the second phase of their village adoption programme, the club is renovating a school building which is in a dilapidated state. “We will add one more classroom and build gender-segregated toilet blocks for girls and boys,” said Asha.
The club has drawn up plans to make the women at Thakurpada self-sufficient by training them in vocational skills like tailoring and providing them with sewing machines for a sustainable livelihood. “We will also help them in setting up their own business and a small grocery shop in the village through our microcredit project that offers interest-free small loans to needy women to make them financially independent,” she said.