Akkaraipatti Village East

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Latitude 10.88
Longitude 78.71

450 Served

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The village Akkaraipatti is comprised of 450 people living in 50 tiled roof homes and 50 thatched roof huts. All the families belong to the Hindu community living on daily wages. The village doesn’t have immediate access to daily shopping or medical, dental or vision care and the nearest facility is 8 kilometers away. The only mode of transport is bus transport once in every hour.

Currently the only water source is government provided tap water, which is available to the community for just twenty minutes each morning. The tap water is supplied from an over head tank which is unclean and does not fulfill the drinking water need of the community. The women walk long distances to fetch drinking water. The community members suffer from diseases such as fever, cold, cough, jaundice and diarrhea etc. Hence this community is in very much need of safe and protected drinking water. The whole village community has appealed DPWA to help them install a deep bore well with hand pump with in the reach of the community to have access to safe drinking water all through the day.

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03/24/2011: Akkaraipatti Well is Completed

Our implementing partner reports…

This village was our first dedication of the day and consisted of 450 people who are considered very poor and part of the backward caste.   Small amounts of money are earned working in the fields weeding or in a nearby cement plant performing meaningless work.  Prior to our intervention there weren’t any suitable drinking water sources within their village as the overhead tank provides limited amounts of water for 30 minutes in the morning and evening and even this water isn’t suitable for drinking, just for their household needs. 

Thanks though to the generosity of The Water Project donors this all changed and now the project is supplying all the drinking water needs for those in the village and even for those traveling along the road or to the nearby cement plant workers.  It is estimated that over 1,000 will have access now to this hand pump and the women and children who were present for the dedication were extremely appreciative for the bore well.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Akkaraipatti Village East
ProjectID: 822
Install Date:  02/28/2011


Country Details


Population: 1.16 Billion
Lacking clean water: 11%
Below poverty line: 25%
Climate: Varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Urdu
Ethnic Groups: Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid and other 3%
Life Expectancy: 69 years
Infant Mortality Rate: 55 deaths per 1000 live births

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Wells for Life® is seeking to address the problem in India one well
at a time, and to do so from a holistic perspective by first addressing
the physical needs of the individual and then their community. We are
seeking to accomplish this task through forming partnerships with other
organizations that share the same passion we do for meeting one of the
most basic needs: the need for water.

Wells for Life® continues to receive requests for water wells in
different rural villages and communities throughout India. It is our
vision to meet every viable request presented to us, and to do it in a
sustainable way with lasting impact. We seek to carry out our projects
with the wholehearted participation of the receiving community and to
work with the community. Taking ownership of the well project, they
will keep it a life giving source of water for years to come.

With each of our projects we utilize the expertise of Indian
professionals trained in engineering, hydrogeology, and construction as
well gain the help of the receiving community to carry out the project.
Furthermore, it is our goal to establish the location of each project
on property that will afford equal access to all those within the
village or community, regardless of one's faith or caste.

Finally, it is our hope that each project initiated will bring immediate relief and be a building block for future projects for all those we are in partnership with.