Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for India

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Feb 2011

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

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Community Profile

Community Profile
The village of Punjai Sangenthi is comprised of 1700 poor, landless laborers, living in 250 thatched roof huts and 150 tiled roof homes. The 200 children attend school at a local, unified school facility run by the government welfare department. The school offers classes from 1st Standard through 10th Standard.

Currently, the only water source is government provided tap water, which is only usable for washing clothes and bathing. The water storage tank is not clean and leaches saline into the water. It is cleaned only once per year. The water runs to the village for 2 hours per day; one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening. However, the further down the water line a villager lives, the less water they will receive. Actual availability time is much less. Additionally, when the electricity is out, the villagers must walk 0.5 km to obtain water. For clean, drinking water, the villagers must purchase bottled water.

The village official, Wishvanathan, has requested two deep bore wells with hand pumps for this village, one on the East side of the village and one on the West.

Project Updates

03/17/2011: A new well is completed in Sangenthi East

Our implementing partner reports…

Punjal Sangenthi village has around 1700 people and Wells for Life carried out 2 projects in this place, one on the East side and the other on the West side of town.  Predominantly a Hindu area these people are agriculture workers who make daily wages in the rice and sugar cane fields performing weeding for a little more than a dollar a day.

About 6 months earlier I visited this place and heard firsthand the need for a bore well project.  The villagers had access to the government tank when the electricity worked which they reported at being in the morning and late in the evening for 30 minutes each time.  Outside of this, they would walk 3 kms to a river and access the water there for their household needs which could include drinking.  An appeal was made at that time for a bore well project and to know that within a short amount of time funds were made available by The Water Project and its donors, specifically Tri Cities Youth and Christopher and Amy Johnson was overwhelming to me.    Normally I don’t see a project and have the need met so quickly but in this case I did and to be able to share with both sets of people about the provision of God and the miracles that can happen with Him was a tremendous blessing.

In each dedication there was a large group of villagers present and participated in the celebration of life as a result of the bore wells being placed in their village.  The village expressed a heartfelt thank you to us to pass along to the donors and seeing the smile on the boys and girls faces as we pumped the water was worth the drive to get to this place.

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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


Tri Cities Youth (Hungry Generation Church)