BBCP Rainwater Foundation nonprofit initiative was launched alongside our artisan partners as a collective response to the growing need of freshwater in Rajasthan. India.
Our mission is to encourage water conservation, reverse the effects of pollution and mitigate water scarcity across rural and artisan communities. Our goal is to inspire collaborations and participatory community led initiatives in India and across the world.
The science of collecting rainwater is an ancient wisdom, embedded in communities long tradition and the culture of India, which we believe should be revived to achieve equitable access to freshwater.
With modern technological inputs, water harvesting structures can not only meet people’s basic water needs but also improve the food and livelihood security of global communities while restoring the environment.
Leave no one behind
The world faces a rapidly changing and degrading physical environment. Climate change, land degradation and pollution are major contributors to the accelerated global water crisis.
Pressures of global markets threatens traditional ways of life, water scarcity is both a natural and a human-made phenomenon.
According to FAO. org. Only one-hundredth of 1% of the world's water is ready available for human use. This will be enough freshwater on the planet for seven billion people but is distributed unevenly and too much of it is washed, polluted and unsustainably manage.
India is home to 16% of the world's population, but only holds 4% of the world's freshwater resources according to The World Bank Group.
"Groundwater pollution and the effects of climate change, including erratic rainfall in the drier areas, put additional stress on groundwater resources which serve about 85% domestic water, 45% in urban areas and over 60% of irrigated agriculture. Current overexploitation rates pose threads to livelihoods, food security, climate driven migration, sustain poverty reduction and urban development" - Bekele Shiferaw, August 23, 2021
The solutions in most cases already exist and are found all over the world in the form of lakes, irrigation tanks, step wells and roof water harvesting tanks. Restoring both surface and groundwater sources are gradual processes and we believe the only lasting solution to the problem of water scarcity
Phase 1 - Stage I - COMPLETE
$3000 (INR 221,000)
Created a recharge well to receive all the filtered wastewater from the wash tanks currently generated during natural printing back into the ground, in two different locations in Kaladera. Given that 1 wash tank uses 10,000-15,000L of water x day, both units are now saving a total of 7.3M L of water x year.
Phase 1 - Stage II - Schedule to start October, 2021
$9100 Budget (INR 670,000) - Funded $4500 - Budget to reach our goal: $4600
Connecting surrounding rooftops in order to harvest rainwater, including the tin shed, to a sedimentation tank and a well in two village locations, filtering and monitoring systems. - It is estimated that adding rooftops connections will have the potential to direct 800,000 L x year to the ground, otherwise lost in runoff along the surface.
Phase II - What we would like to do:
$30,000 (INR 221,000) / 1 unit = INR 40000
We would like to address the needs of 50 specific households belonging to the most vulnerable populations living in a hamlet on the outskirts of Kaladera. These households comprise elderly people, people with disabilities and women headed families. We would like to ensure they each have individual water storage tanks of 10,000 L capacity, and we would also like to have these tanks connected to their rooftops, enabling them to harvest rainwater during the monsoon
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Board of Directors
Manthan Sanstha, Kotri is a grassroots nonprofit organization working on diverse local issues related to Sustainable Development along with empowering marginalized and excluded communities in 120 villages of Ajmer and Nagaur districts, Rajasthan, India.
Tejaram Ji, Coordinator of Manthan Sanstha, Kotri
Forrad facilitates and supports grass roots projects that address the issues of natural resource management, human resources development and sustainability.
Susan Abraham, Director of FORRAD. Foundation for Rural Recovery & Development.
Bindaas Unlimited is a social enterprise that makes contemporary textile prints in natural colors and contemporary crafts with rural artisans in Rajasthan, Gujarat and U.P. She works extensively with Studio Chaubundi in Kaladera, Rajasthan
Meeta Mastani, Co-founder of Bindaas Unlimited
Mireia Lopez, Founder of Blinded By color Project