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heroes against drought

A Water Revolution

The Battle Against Drought
In 2016, 116 drought-stricken villages from three talukas of Maharashtra competed in the first edition of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup. The results proved that this was not just a competition, but a transformative force that could lead to a drought-free state.

The Water Cup 2019 Journey
Despite a gruelling summer and amidst an election season, lakhs of villagers in Maharashtra united to defeat drought and forge their own futures. Watch the story of the fourth and final year of the Water Cup, when the villagers of Maharashtra created history.

The Water Cup 2018 Journey
When a mass movement informed by science and motivated by the desire for public interest succeeds, streams flow again, and barren, parched land becomes laden with crops. That’s the effect of the Water Cup 2018 in which over 4,000 villages took part.

A Water Revolution

The Battle Against Drought
In 2016, 116 drought-stricken villages from three talukas of Maharashtra competed in the first edition of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup. The results proved that this was not just a competition, but a transformative force that could lead to a drought-free state.

The Water Cup 2019 Journey
Despite a gruelling summer and amidst an election season, lakhs of villagers in Maharashtra united to defeat drought and forge their own futures. Watch the story of the fourth and final year of the Water Cup, when the villagers of Maharashtra created history.

The Water Cup 2018 Journey
When a mass movement informed by science and motivated by the desire for public interest succeeds, streams flow again, and barren, parched land becomes laden with crops. That’s the effect of the Water Cup 2018 in which over 4,000 villages took part.

Village Transformations

Victorious Velu
How a village in Satara defeated political factionalism to become water-abundant, and win Water Cup 2016.

An Awe-Inspiring Transformation
Drone footage of Nagav Khurd village (Jalgaon district), pre and post watershed management work.

Water Abundance Stops Migration
In the summer of 2019, no family migrated out of Dipewadgaon (Beed district), due to abundant water and employment. This happened for the first time in 10 years!

Village Transformations

Victorious Velu
How a village in Satara defeated political factionalism to become water-abundant, and win Water Cup 2016.

An Awe-Inspiring Transformation
Drone footage of Nagav Khurd village (Jalgaon district), pre and post watershed management work.

Water Abundance Stops Migration
In the summer of 2019, no family migrated out of Dipewadgaon (Beed district), due to abundant water and employment. This happened for the first time in 10 years!

Women Water Warriors

Warrior Geeta Ramteke
The mother who led the fight against the very drought that forced her son to take his life.

Lone Ranger Naina Chinche
The young woman who started working all by herself and inspired her village to unite against drought.

The Inspiring Women of Kanherkhed
The group of women who broke a patriarchal tradition and stepped out of their homes for training and shramadaan.

Women Water Warriors

Warrior Geeta Ramteke
The mother who led the fight against the very drought that forced her son to take his life.

Lone Ranger Naina Chinche
The young woman who started working all by herself and inspired her village to unite against drought.

The Inspiring Women of Kanherkhed
The group of women who broke a patriarchal tradition and stepped out of their homes for training and shramadaan.

Child Heroes

Children Against Migration
Children of migrant labourers in Panvan village (Satara), inspire the whole village to join the fight against drought.

“Don’t Cut Down Our Trees!”
Children in Kalambsar village (Beed district), stop an act of deforestation and start a movement to snatch axes away from their parents.

Manure from Food Waste
Students in Akot taluka (Akola district), come up with an eco-friendly solution to manage kitchen waste at their school.

Child Heroes

Children Against Migration
Children of migrant labourers in Panvan village (Satara), inspire the whole village to join the fight against drought.

“Don’t Cut Down Our Trees!”
Children in Kalambsar village (Beed district), stop an act of deforestation and start a movement to snatch axes away from their parents.

Manure from Food Waste
Students in Akot taluka (Akola district), come up with an eco-friendly solution to manage kitchen waste at their school.

Jalmitra Experiences

Biker Jalmitra Travels 40 Km For Shramadaan
Social worker and biker Nandini Jadhav travelled 40 km each day during Water Cup 2018 and 2019, to join forces with Udachiwadi (Pune district). Watch what inspired her. 

Aamir and Kiran With Jalmitras
“It feels like this is my own village.” This was the sentiment shared by volunteers in Savarde (Sangli district), on Mahashramadaan Day (May 1) 2019. 

Weekends For Shramadaan
After deciding to volunteer for just one day, what made IT professional Ritesh Kale devote all his weekends to the Water Cup in 2018 and 2019? Watch.

Jalmitra Experiences

Biker Jalmitra Travels 40 Km For Shramadaan
Social worker and biker Nandini Jadhav travelled 40 km each day during Water Cup 2018 and 2019, to join forces with Udachiwadi (Pune district). Watch what inspired her. 

Aamir and Kiran With Jalmitras
“It feels like this is my own village.” This was the sentiment shared by volunteers in Savarde (Sangli district), on Mahashramadaan Day (May 1) 2019. 

Weekends For Shramadaan
After deciding to volunteer for just one day, what made IT professional Ritesh Kale devote all his weekends to the Water Cup in 2018 and 2019? Watch.