Thieerkuppam - Mariyamman Koil Street

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Latitude 10.99
Longitude 78.96

500 Served

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The original request for this well read…

“Around 150 scheduled caste families with a total population of 650 live in the outskirts of the main village. Economically they have very low status as all these families eke out a living from agricultural labor. They live in mud walled cum thatched roof huts. There is no viable drinking water facilities within the reach of the community. As these people live in the tail end they could not have access to drinking water from the public taps as most of the time they are dry. They used to draw water from the nearby agricultural lake which is highly polluted and unsafe for drinking. DPWA had helped them with installation of a deep bore well cum hand pump in their street in 1998. This was only the source of their safe and protected drinking water use. As the bore well has become dry, these people are in real need to have another deep bore well cum hand pump in their village. As they use to walk distant place to bring drinking water from the open wells, the Member of the Legislative Assembly along with the village community have applied to DPWA for installation of a deep bore well cum hand pump”

Upon visiting the newly installed well, our implementing partner noted…

“We drove about 20 minutes to reach this place after our time in Kookudi.  We were graciously greeted and I was reminded once again on how life in India can be hard and primitive.  Our project was close to some homes held together by wood sticks and palm branches for walls and roofs and here we were from the US accustomed to life amenities while these villagers were lucky to have their own water source.  Once again a humbling picture and yet a great picture of the power of God’s love for people regardless of religion, caste, or nationality.  We spent some moments sharing the love of Jesus and explaining to them that this project was made possible by other people who loved Jesus and it was his love that motivated them to give.  A message that I believe found a place in their heart.”

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Thieerkuppam, India
ProjectID: 811
Install Date:  03/15/2010


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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.