Punjai Sangenthi East

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Latitude 10.94
Longitude 78.87

500 Served

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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.

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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 Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Punjai Sangenthi East
ProjectID: 821
Install Date:  02/28/2011


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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

Partner Profile

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.