Thennarasur Village

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Latitude 10.93
Longitude 78.85

500 Served

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The village of Thennarasur is comprised of 530 landless laborers living in 80 thatch or tile roofed homes.

Currently, the only water source for Thennarasur is a 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 pery ear. The water runs to the village once per day in the morning. 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 villages have requested a deep bore well with hand pump, so they can have access to safe and protected drinking water any time during the day.

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03/24/2011: The well at Thennarasur is complete

Our implementing partner reports…

Our final dedication of the day was held at Thennarasur AD Colony and it seemed like the entire village 0f 500 was there.  Everywhere there were children running around wanting a picture taken, asking for our autographs and seeking our names, and then there were the women and men who were continually expressing their thanks for our arrival and inauguration of the bore well.

Previously they had to walk distances to get water suitable for drinking or they would have to purchase it and seeing that they were making a little more than 1 dollar a day weeding the cotton and corn fields they were thankful for any kind of assistance possible.  Knowing that our organization was responsible for installing the hand pump enabled them to feel appreciated and not forgotten as their primary source of water was limited to 30 minutes each morning when the electricity ran and the pump water into an overhead tank.  Throughout our time it seemed like the villagers were constantly thanking us and we continued to share with them that God was the one who gave them the gift, He just used people like us and worked in the hearts of those who gave to an organization called The Water Project so that this organization could make a difference in their village.  They understood this message and wanted to pass along their thanks for meeting their drinking water needs.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Thennarasur Village
ProjectID: 820
Install Date:  02/28/2011


11 individual donors
anna and yennhu
Francis W. Parker School
Moravian Academy

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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.