I undertook visit to VJNNS project from 24th August to 28th August as part of the assignment to review this Arghyam assisted project. Mr. Manohar and Mr. Suresh from Arghyam accompanied me.
Visakha Jilla Nava Nirmana Samithi (VJNNS) Narsipatnam has been working for the last four decades focusing with an objective of improvisation of the quality of life of the poor, downtrodden and deserving communities living in remote and interior areas of tribal and rural communities. Organization focuses in the sectors of Health, Education, Environment, Social development and Economic empowerment in the districts of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari Districts of AP.
VJNNS aims to provide safe and clean drinking water supply to the vulnerable communities in tribal areas, as potable water could reduce many of the health aliments in the region. Vjnns has observed the plight of people in getting drinking water. It is observed that people use the sources of springs, canals, open wells, as drinking water. It is identified that water is polluted and contaminated due either storage of water for long time or daily ablutions therefore the incidence of water borne diseases is high, the community felt difficulty for the medical expenses and treatment of diseases. The most affected are girl child and women. While working in the villages, there was demand from the community for providing safe drinking water to them. Accordingly, VJNNS has improved several spring boxes, spring wells, spring walls, Iron Removal plant (IRP), standard models (like open wells and Bore wells) as intervention for providing safe drinking water. However, after observing the working of the units, as the units not functioned as expected, the need of development of another alternative system is arise. Vjnns developed Gravity Fed Water Supply Systems (GFWSS).