Narwara is located at Mahoba village in Bundelkhand in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The village is located on a rocky land, where getting water has always been a challenge.
Giving the difficult terrain, digging a well is almost impossible. The nearest source of water is nearly a kilometre away. It meant that women in the village had to carry utensils and ferry the water in them- a daily chore of walking the distance with the water in large utensils on their head. Traditionally, the women had been assigned this task, which has always been back breaking work. For years, it has taken up a large part of their time every day.
Families would not have any social gathering or pooja (a religious ceremony) at home because it would mean also serving water to the guests! Worse, the water that was available for the residents was hardly hygienic but had to be consumed out of necessity. Contaminated water would cause several people of the village, young and old alike, to fall ill.
For the farmers, being able to harvest one crop in a year which was dependent on monsoon rain, would be considered good
Haritika, a non-government organisation, came to their rescue a few years ago. With support from
Now the villagers have all the time in the world to enjoy themselves and spend time celebrating the festivals. The water potential that has been created at Mahoba village will irrigate nearly 1000 acres of land, bringing happiness and prosperity to hundreds of families.