The Dharni taluka of Maharashtra, which gets 1,200 mm of rainfall in a year, has not as of this monsoon season, got adequate rainfall. Many farmers are having to plant seeds all over again. But one village has escaped this situation of scarcity.

Ghuti village took part in the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017 this year. Its residents, through collective effort, completed contour bunding and... View more »
The Dharni taluka of Maharashtra which gets 1 200 mm of rainfall

The Benefits of Contour Bunding

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One village inspires another to take up watershed development!

Around a year ago, the residents of Nigadi village in Satara district broke down 30 earthen dams built on a shared stream by a neighbouring village. The reason was that Nigadi residents feared that the earthen dams would prevent water from reaching them. Nigadi was going through severe water scarcity at the time.

Today, however,... View more »
One village inspires another to take up watershed development

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Water Expert Visits Water Cup Villages

Water expert and writer Pradeep Purandare recently paid visits to a few villages in Satara. He witnessed first-hand the transformation which watershed development work done during the competition period has brought to these villages. We bring to you his reaction to what he saw. Please click on the link to see the video.
Water Expert Visits Water Cup Villages Water expert and writer Pradeep Purandare

Water Expert Visits Water Cup Villages

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No Pump Needed for this Borewell!

For years, Ankush Darole of the village Sakkarwadi in Osmanabad district has needed to use a pump to get water from his borewell. Not this year, though. This year, his borewell is full.

And we guess you've already joined the dots... this is because his village did watershed development work as part of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017. Here's Mr Darole's... View more »
No Pump Needed for this Borewell For years Ankush Darole of the

No Pump Needed for this Borewell!

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Deepali Palekar
Manoj Kolhe
Recently, we discovered an article about our work and its impact in the Civil Society magazine. It is written by Shree Padre whose book 'The Water Catchers' is considered an important work in the field.

To read the online version of the article, visit the below link.

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Winning the Water Cup - Civil Society Magazine

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We are happy to bring to you a poem that makes superb art out of a well-known fact of science - the fact that water evaporates, becomes clouds, and then it rains, thus starting the evaporation process all over again.

This poem is written by Padma Shri award winner, the late G.D. (Ga Di) Madgulkar, a giant of Indian literature.
We are happy to bring to you a poem that makes superb

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Folk Song Celebrates the Water Cup!

The Bharud is special to Maharashtra. It is a form of folk song that depicts and comments on the situations currently prevailing in society. The recently-concluded Water Cup 2017 got such a large section of society involved in watershed development that one man decided to celebrate it with a Bharud.

We present to you the Gram Sevak of the village... View more »
Folk Song Celebrates the Water Cup The Bharud is special to Maharashtra

Folk Song Celebrates the Water Cup!

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Ritu Malhotra
Prashant Shinde
How Work Done During the Water Cup Saved Public Funds

The Talathi of Maharashtra's Nilanga taluka, Govind Taware, inspected the work done as part of the Water Cup 2017 in the area under his jurisdiction. After the visit, he had this to say:

"I had never seen all of society come together selflessly for the purpose of shramdaan. As I travelled around Nilanga, I
immediately realised that the... View more »
How Work Done During the Water Cup Saved Public Funds

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Manjula Urs
Man Taluka: A Story of Transformation

Let us introduce you to Ravindra Pomane from Man taluka in Satara, who recently finished a stint as a Technical Trainer with Paani Foundation. He saw the taluka baking in the deep heat of summer 2017. Now, when the taluka has seen rain, Pomane re-visited it and documented his visit in a video. What you will see is no miracle, but the result of hard work.
Man Taluka: A Story of Transformation Let us introduce you to Ravindra

Man Taluka: A Story of Transformation

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Another Well Fills With a Story of Joy!

This is the story of Dashrath Gawli, who lives in the Kalamb taluka in Osmanabad district. He dug a well two years ago, a well 65 feet deep. But despite being so deep, the well remained dry. And so he stopped the digging work, and gave up on the well.

Today, after his village completed watershed development work in the vicinity during the competition... View more »
Another Well Fills With a Story of Joy This is the story

Another Well Fills With a Story of Joy!

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Mitesh Gala
Anil Kaypure
This video comes to us from the village of Bidal in the district of Satara in Maharashtra. Village resident Pratik Pisal tells us how, five years ago, his maternal uncle had a well dug at a cost of almost seven lakh rupees, and how their hopes were crushed when the well remained dry.

But this story has a happy ending. The village took part in the Water Cup 2017, and as a result of the work... View more »
This video comes to us from the village of Bidal in the

How the Water Cup Helped Fill a Dry Well

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'The Story of a Well'

It is time to show you another video, this one from a village in Maharashtra's Man taluka. In the monsoons, the villagers became happy to see the water collected in their well. They knew that this was a result of the hard work they put in during the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017.

The villagers also know that they will have to use the precious reserve wisely. And so... View more »
'The Story of a Well' It is time to show you another

'The Story of a Well'

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Watershed Development, Infused with Divinity...

The day of Ashadhi Ekadashi, which is considered especially holy by worshippers of the Hindu deity Vitthala, was recently celebrated with pilgrimages and processions to the major Vitthala temples in the state, especially Pandharpur. Now many of the pilgrims are on their way back to their homes, while others are still resting their tired limbs at... View more »
Watershed Development Infused with Divinity
A Short Poem in Praise of Shramdaan...

Short, they say, is sweet. Now, we bring to you a poem by Ashok Mirge from Ambajogai. The poem deals with the importance of shramdaan and other good practices such as tree plantation for the elimination of drought. We hope you enjoy it!
A Short Poem in Praise of Shramdaan Short they say is sweet
When Sweat Crystallises into Poetry: A Poem about Caring for the Land

Matters of life and death, such as drought, are often conducive to poetry. And when there is genuine hope that the drought will be overcome and life will become better, some people naturally express themselves in verse.

Today we bring to you a poem by Basharat Momin about the ill-effects of agriculture as it is practised... View more »
When Sweat Crystallises into Poetry: A Poem about Caring for the Land
To celebrate the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi, members of the Warkari way have assembled at Pandharpur in Maharashtra, the site of the most important temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Vitthala. Some Warkaris stand in line for hours to go into the temple and worship the deity, while others are content to see the temple's kalash and return home.

An abhang or hymn comes to mind, and it says... View more »
To celebrate the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi members of the Warkari way

The Ethos of the Water Cup: Public Service is Worship Itself

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When timely rain meets hard work, the result is green!

"It is that time of year in which to plant the seeds in the soil. This year we have finished our sowing work before its due time, which is July and August. This happened by dint of the tremendous efforts put in by the villagers during the Water Cup competition. Every drop of sweat from their shramdaan has turned into flowing water."

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When timely rain meets hard work the result is green

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Deepali Palekar
Atti Adnan
This video comes to us from Jashi village in Man taluka of Maharashtra, and it features villagers telling us about the healthy water level in their restored wells. These wells were restored as part of the work done during the Water Cup 2017!
This video comes to us from Jashi village in Man taluka of

Villagers Speak of Watershed Work Bearing Fruit

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Madhu Jagadeesh
Atti Adnan
We know, as do you, that watershed development is a science. Yet, we find ourselves getting amazed at the results that this science yields and its impact on people's lives. Here's another small success story of watershed development.

The village of Gavhankund in the Warud taluka of Maharashtra built a loose boulder structure (LBS) on its earthen dam. The LBS acts as a kind of rudimentary... View more »
We know as do you that watershed development is a science Yet

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Maruti Dawane
Mohammed Tarique
The 'Toofan Aala' song and video that we prepared for the Water Cup are proving to be sources of inspiration for many. Recently, a youth who lives in the Pawarwadi village of Koregaon taluka has come out with a video depicting the time of shramdaan in his village. The video gives us a glimpse into the work done through joint effort by the villagers during the competition. We hope you will... View more »
The 'Toofan Aala' song and video that we prepared for the Water

Video About Shramdaan Done During the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup

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Suraj Sharma
Sameeksha Shikha