Visakha Jilla Nava Nirmana Samithi (VJNNS) is a leading NGO in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts which has been registered in 1972 under societies registration act. Visakha Jilla Nava Nirmana Samithi hereafter called VJNNS has taken up welfare activities pertaining to Education, Health, Environment, Livelihood programs besides many other programs through which communities have benefited particularly in tribal areas.
With the progress in time, VJNNS is trying to concentrate more on the community needs. As part of this initiative, VJNNS is addressing the need for drinking water and supplying potable drinking water for the tribal communities through Gravity Fed Water Supply System (GFWSS) in the Eastern Ghats of the Andhra Pradesh State. VJNNS constructed 50 GFWSS devices with the help of different national and International donors.
VJNNS approached Frank Water, UK seeking help to extend financial assistance to provide drinking Water facility to few other remote areas. Without a second thought, Frank Water expressed its willingness and was pleased to sanction 5 units per year for two years to begin with. In addition to the construction of units, VJNNS aimed at improvisation of sanitation and hygiene practices at the individual as well as at the village level. It is also aiming at the plantation of saplings to eradicate soil erosion at spring and catchment areas.
“Addressing water insecurity and poor sanitation practices in rural communities in the Eastern Ghats of India.”
To increase the number of people having access to safe water by installing 10 Gravity Fed Water Systems (5 per year), to supply a convenient source of safe water to the entire populations of surrounding habitations, over a period of 2 years.
To promote good sanitation practices in all target villages over a period of 2 years.
To considerably increase the number of households adopting hygiene and sanitation practices while having access to safe water by conducting training programmes for the target population over a period of 2 years.
To train local communities to effectively manage the GFWSS by forming village development committees in each target habitation, training them to set up and manage a village development fund and running workshops on GFWSS for the agreed period.
To considerably see reduction in the number of incidences in waterborne diseases in the target population, and to contribute to wider developmental objectives such as witnessing an increase in school attendance, particularly amongst girl children, additional revenue generation and demand for housing under the Indira housing scheme, over the 2 year period.
To support local government authorities to successfully fund and implement at least 5 GFWSS, including 40 additional Micro Level Plans and holding 2 workshops on GFWSS to be attended by the government officials and community representatives over the next two years.