About The Project Implementers:
DIAMOND (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED, (a private company limited by shares incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956) is a subsidiary company of Dominion Diamond Corporation. Dominion Diamond Corporation is a Canadian diamond mining company. It is the world’s third largest producer of rough diamonds by value.
Dominion Diamond (India) Pvt. Ltd. supported Dishantar for fulfilling its obligation under the provisions of the Companies Act 2013 in respect of corporate social responsibility (“CSR”); and made available funds from 201516. During financial year 2016-17 support has been made available for ‘Sanitation for All Project’, ‘Water for All Project’ and ‘Annapurna Project’.
Dishantar, NGO from Ratnagiri district has been selected to implement CSR project activities of Dominion Diamond (India) Pvt. Ltd.. Dishantar initiated its activities from March 2016 and successfully completed ‘Sujal Project’ that made available domestic water purifiers to 100 underprivileged households of SC, ST, NT & economically weaker sections of the society from Nirbade and Ovali villages from Chiplun block of Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra State. During 2016-17, ‘Sanitation for All’ project completed construction of 10 individual toilets for economically underprivileged households in Nirbade village and 2 Public toilets (comprising of 5 toilet units each for men and women) for Adivasi Katkari hamlet in Akle village. Water for All project successfully made available bore-well and water tank of 10000 ltrs. for addressing the water scarcity issue in Adivasi Katkari hamlet of Ovali village.
This project was for 22 underprivileged households with a population of 130. They were going through the water crisis since many years. Community was fetching water daily from the distance of 3 kms. from Mungirne Pond. Pond water availability is for 9 months. For remaining 3 months they depended on river at the distance of 6 kms.. The Grampanchayat had drilled a bore well for the community but due to economical hurdles, the bore well was not brought in operation.
Rejuvenating water resource for 22 tribal Katkari community families in Ovali village from Chiplun block of Ratnagiri district.
|1||20.02.17||Meeting with Ovali Village Council for discussing the plan of action.
|2||20.02.17||Meeting with Project Beneficiary HHs (54 families)
|3||22.02.17||Finalizing the contract
|4||25.02.17||Getting NOC of the landholder
|5||06.03.17||Drilling of Bore-well
|Construction of Water Tank
Meeting with Village Council:
After signing the MOU of the project, we have conducted meetings with Ovali village council and explained them the execution plan. Discussions were held regarding manpower and other support required for actual execution of the project.
Meeting with Project Beneficiary HHs::
Project beneficiaries were informed about the proposed work. Discussions were held regarding transportation of construction material. The hamlet is in remote area. There is no availability of concrete road up to hamlet. Hence, discussions were focused primarily on transportation of construction material.
Awareness about Health & Sanitation:
Mr. Rajesh Joshte explained the significance of health care and role of sanitation in this process. Community members participated in the event. Health and sanitation status of this hamlet is very poor. Further plan of action was discussed with Village Sarpanch.
As Ovali is situated in remotest area, regular monitoring was a bit difficult task. Many of these community members are not having their own homestead land. Hence, constructing a public water tank for them needed the land. One of influential leaders from the village was convinced for giving the land for this construction. Legal No Objection Certificate was obtained from him for the purpose. Transportation of construction material was a difficult task due to remote terrain but the target community provided handful support for the same
This project has addressed the issue of water scarcity of 22 underprivileged tribal Katkari community families. This initiative was a step towards enabling and empowering them to improve their quality of life.