The CybageAsha team visited Udachiwadi village in Purandar taluka—a drought-prone village with a population of 843. Among several initiatives for rural development, CybageAsha constructed 140 soak pits enabling 24,000 liters of water to percolate underground. This has reduced the open drainages and drastically brought down the number of health issues faced such as dengue and malaria.
Three Mitti Nala Bandhara (check dams), and Continuous Contour Trenches (CCT) were built to store and percolate water underground. 214 CybageAsha volunteers, through six shramdaan activities contributed towards the efforts.
Based on these efforts, the village participated and won the water cup competition organized by Paani foundation. This competition has changed the entire face of the village. They received a trophy and Rs. 10 lakhs for village development. Addressing the village residents, Ritu Nathani, Director, Cybage and Head—CSR, said, “I am impressed by the unity of the village. Now, that you have the necessary knowledge about watershed development, you should spread it and guide other village representatives too.”