Paani Foundation was set up with the aim of making Maharashtra drought-free using the power of communication. The team of Satyamev Jayate researched the issue of water and found that man, not nature is largely responsible for this crisis of drought. While decentralised watershed management has proved to be the scientific solution to this problem, the greater problem to address has been that of social fracture. At Paani Foundation we believe in the power of unity, and are convinced that only a people’s movement can eradicate drought. Our efforts have been towards catalysing this movement.
Through a holistic, experiential training programme, we equip villagers with both technical know-how as well as leadership skills to tackle the issue of drought in their villages. We have created simple training films, an Android App as well as training manuals for this purpose, and have teams working across the state to impart this knowledge. Every year, to incentivise this programme, we conduct a competition called the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup, in which villages compete to win prizes for the best watershed management work. In these past four years, what started as an experiment has become a movement of which we now are merely a small part. The efforts of the villagers themselves have ensured that a water revolution is not far away.