India: It's finally raining in Rajasthan and village ponds are ready

Baltimore, July 2, 2003 -- "It has finally started to rain in Rajasthan after four years of drought," Lutheran World Relief's Carolina Castrillo reported from northeast India last week. LWR is helping 24 villages establish reliable water supplies there.
"The ponds created [by] the drought relief program are now filled with water!" Castrillo wrote. "The participating communities are very happy and proud of their achievement." Surface water supplies had disappeared in the drought and ground water has been depleted.

More than 2,000 people, one member of each local family, were employed to work on water tanks, ponds and catchment areas for the program. Their handiwork will protect the villages from drought and the wages they received lifted the local economy at a time when pressure to emigrate was strong. The project also hired camel carts to bring water to fill the tanks until the rains came. [For story, click here.]

This drought mitigation program in Rajasthan for 12,000 people is planned and monitored by LWR and financed by the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Department of State.