Varoti is like a desert in the proximity of an ocean. Situated about 70 km from the fledging city of Pune, the village is surrounded by several high-capacity storage dams such as Panshet, Varasgaon and Khadakvasla.
But the dams were built to cater to the growing water requirements of city dwellers, ignoring the villages around them.
Eleven of the village’s youth working in cities contributed Rs 1,000 each to begin work on construction of a well. The site of the well was the dried up bed of the stream. However, the budget for dredging was close to Rs 5 lakh.
So, the villagers approached Jnana Prabodhini, a non-profit that has been working in the area for over 30 years and the NGO decided to facilitate fund-raising only on the condition that the villagers had to be at the forefront of all efforts.
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