The COVID-19 pandemic effects everyone. Around the world communities are fighting the spread of this destructive disease. India is no different.
Khandel light's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable families in Khandel and nearby villages situated in drought-stricken Rajasthan, India. Families need more water than ever before in order to stay safe during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
With extended families consisting of around 30 and many people returning home from jobs in nearby Jaipur, social distancing is near impossible. More people are using the water supply more often in a bid to control the virus' spread.
Additionally, families who were able to pay for their own water supply when in work, now have no jobs. The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown means more families need help too.
The Indian government have instructed the population - overcrowded as they are - to wash their hands at least 20 times a day, and to change and wash their clothes daily.
The villagers in the Khandel region are following this advice - as a result consumption of water has gone up by 50%. The following data, taken from Down to Earth, outlines how COVID-19 is effecting water consumption by handwashing alone.
- A proper hand wash involves lathering soap and scrubbing both sides for at least 20 seconds, according to WHO guidelines.
- A 30 to 40 second handwash can use around 4 litres of water is the tap is running, or 2 litres when the tap is off, while scrubbing with soap.
- Around 40 to 80 litres of water will be used up every day, with the assumption that every person cleans their hands at least 20 times a day, versus the usual five times a day.
In the UK, we take for granted our water supply. Imagine what it is like trying to ration out the water you have available, and stay safe?
In temperatures between 35-40°C, families are struggling to keep themselves and their animals alive. The availability of water has not gone up, the demand is greater, and the cost of water has risen.
Khandel light currently supplies 350 families with 5,000 litres of clean water per month in the villages we support.
Why do we do this? Because the Khandel region is a desert area, which has been suffering from drought since 2000.
But things are changing. The cost of providing water to these villages has now risen to at least £19,000 per year. Khandel light have already funded a six month supply, but the global pandemic means supplies will last half as long, leaving families in desperate need of water very soon.
£10,000 raised now will enable us to send enough money to supply the extra water families need during 2020.
All funds that we raise go directly to Nirman Sanstha, the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) we've worked with for 20 years. Rameshwar lal Verma who heads the NGO, will distribute the water according to need throughout the Khandel region.
Our systems are in place and the money will go directly to Nirman Sanstha. As a volunteer-led charity, 99p in every £1 will go to Khandel.
We are an established charity, working in Hertfordshire for 20 years, using the same NGO. We have trusted systems and established suppliers who will deliver water immediately throughout the year.