Satyamev Jayate
03/24/2017 at 08:08. Facebook
After giving an overview to the participants of Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 on various technical and social aspects of watershed development, we are now conducting a special one-day workshop to focus on how villages can plan the watershed works for the upcoming competition.

The participants are also learning how to use a mobile app recently created by us as well as maps of the village...
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Satyamev Jayate
03/23/2017 at 09:30. Facebook
The philosopher Lao Tzu is supposed to have said, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Here at Paani Foundation, today marks a significant first step on the road to the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017. We are happy to inform you that we've concluded our training sessions today. The four-day residential training programmes on watershed development began on 4th February...
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Satyamev Jayate
03/23/2017 at 06:43. Facebook
We often use multimedia aids such as films to drive home our message of water conservation among our target audience, which is currently the people in drought-stricken areas of Maharashtra. One such film is 'The Battle Against Drought', which talks about the journey of organising Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2016, and the need for a people's movement on water conservation.

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Satyamev Jayate
03/22/2017 at 10:39. Facebook
This #WorldWaterDay, read a heartening success story from Velu village in Satara, shared with us by Mr Sharad Bhosale. He writes, "Last year was our third consecutive year of drought. The village was dependent on water tankers. This, obviously, wasn't enough to keep our crops alive. The crops withered away for lack of water. It was a particularly low point for us.

That was when things began...
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Satyamev Jayate
03/22/2017 at 03:48. Facebook
Did you know that today is #WorldWaterDay?

The United Nations (UN) designated 22nd March as International World Water Day in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

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Sharing with you one of the many moving comments that we have received on our website about a documentary film about our work...

To watch the film ('The Battle Against Drought'), click the below links.

[ Link ] (Hindi version)

[ Link ] (Marathi version)
Our colleague Praful Kolhe, the taluka co-ordinator from Patur in Akola district sends in this short message of hope and community. He writes, "Charmoli is a mostly tribal village in Patur taluka. This village of 625 residents is perched on hilly terrain. No road or means of transport connect it to other villages. The village enrolled itself for the Water Cup and sent three villagers for the...
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"अन्न गुडगुडे, नाल गुडगुडे, ढिशक्यांव ढिशक्यांव ढिशक्यांव!"

Transcribed into English, this reads: "Anna gudguge, naala gudgude, dhishkiaow dhishkiaow dhishkiaow!" These words hold special meaning for the enthusiastic participants of our training programmes on watershed development.

When shouted out in unison, this sequence of sounds, intriguing as it is, not only puts a smile on the...
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Total commitment. This phrase applies well to the people of Khairkhed village in Vidarbha. After completing our training programme, the five participants from the village set about unifying the village residents and getting their support for water conservation. This they succeeded in doing spectacularly.

So spectacularly, in fact, that the village got together and decided that no weddings...
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The date for Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 is near! Training sessions are coming to a close, and many villagers have begun canvassing their communities to ensure maximum participation in the competition.

The following note posted on a Facebook Page offers a peek into the intense emotion that the competition has inspired. Rajeev Madarse from Halgara village in Latur district writes, "My...
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On the occasion of Women's Day, the Marathi news channel ABP Majha sent the women working in its Mumbai office out to the village of Jakhangaon in Satara district to take part in water conservation measures being implemented there.

Watch this video to learn about the "unforgettable experiences" they had while getting trained by our team and while offering shramdan alongside the villagers.

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महिला दिन विशेष : जलरागिणी : 'माझा'ची महिला ब्रिगेड जाखणगावात

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'Go onward, heft your tools... free the streams from the ground beneath your feet...' This song addresses the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 participants directly, spurring them on to greater efforts.

As the date for the competition draws near, this Marathi song comes to us from Lochana Devkatte. This resident of Asardoh village in Dharur taluka in Beed district has poured into the song her...
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'Women's Day' on 8th March saw a flurry of online memes and offline events to celebrate their contribution to humankind. But women's strong and patient hands keep the world turning every day, without any fanfare and without any publicity or any expectation of it. We are pleased to report that women are playing a major part in making Satyamev Jayate Water Cup a huge success as well. Take, for...
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Meet Datta Patil, an engineer with Yahoo Inc in the United States. Patil encouraged his mother Mangaltai who lives in Halgara village in Latur district to attend the training programme organised by Paani Foundation in the run-up to Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017. Here's a heartwarming note that he sent us recently:

"My mother has not had much education, having studied until Class Four, but...
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Tonight at 9 pm, ABP Majha will show a special hour-long episode on women offering shramdaan at Jakhangaon village for water conservation! Tell us how you find the show if you watch it...
We have been constantly coming across inspiring stories of villagers who go the extra mile for their villages. But Pratapsinh Pardeshi is an exception among exceptions. Pardeshi, an 82-year-old retired air force officer, has extended his activities beyond his village (Pathri) to the entire taluka of North Solapur.

We find this senior citizen displaying a young man's zeal while taking the...
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As we conduct training sessions for Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, we keep coming across examples of commitment that leave us moved and touched.

We are feeling emotional as we tell you two such anecdotes where our participants Amol Kathode and Gita Metange left pressing personal commitments aside in favour of the larger cause of water conservation for their village.

Kathode's grandmother...
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Here at Paani Foundation, our current focus is on training thousands of villagers on the science of watershed development in order to fight drought. This critical mission would remain only on paper were it not for our dedicated and highly motivated trainers. Such as Ghanshyam Ramchandra Shinde, for instance. A former training participant -- he took part in Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2016 -- now...
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We received this moving note from one of our trainers:

"Many of the workshop participants treat us as if we are their teachers who know a lot. But I often find myself learning life lessons from them. Like Abhay Todkar and Dattatray Waghmode. These young men from Man taluka in Satara district, despite facing mobility issues, threw themselves into the training sessions for our Water Cup 2017....
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A bold and moving appeal made by women from Janori village soon after attending our four-day long training programme on watershed development at the training centre in Wathoda last week:

"We want our family members to not spend any money on our funeral once we are gone; instead, we urge them to use that money on improving the conditions of our village today!"