Sirupathur (Harijana Street)

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Latitude 10.99
Longitude 78.69

300 Served

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The village of Sirupathur is comprised of 300 landless laborers living in 50 thatched or tiled roof homes. The entire village is comprised of people of the “untouchable” class, the lowest class in the Indian caste system.

The primary income for this community is from daily wages working for area landowners, weeding nearby fields. The male workers receive 70 rupees ($1.50 USD) per day; the female workers receive 40 rupees ($0.86 USD) per day. The villager’s employment is dependent on fieldwork availability. When enough rains come, the villagers work an average of 60 days per year. Otherwise, they do not work. In addition to agricultural, 10 of the residents raise goats for income.

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 village is located at a higher elevation than the government tank. They are allowed only 30 minutes of water each morning. Because of the elevation, the water only trickles when it is on. 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 has requested one deep bore well with hand pump, so villagers can have access to safe and protected drinking water any time during the day.

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03/17/2011: The well at Sirupathur in India is completed

Our implementing partner reports that…

This village is comprised of 300 people living in mud-thatched and tiled houses.  Most are agricultural laborers with no drinking facility in the area and are forced to purchase water for their drinking needs. This has changed thanks to the generosity of The Water Project and the giving of those honoring Faqir Hussain Akhtar.

This project was our last dedication of the day and the sun was setting we gathered the villagers together and told them about the donors and their care and concern for them as people and it was because of this that Wells for Life was able to bring a bore well project thus providing them with clean, safe drinking water.  The men, women and children who turned out for the dedication were very appreciative for our help and that of the donors.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Sirupathur (Harijana Street)
ProjectID: 823
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

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.