WORST DRAUGHT SINCE OUR FOUNDATION BEGAN
You have probably seen the news on CNN: even whole cities in India like Chennai are out of water. However, a city has the money to pay for water from outside tankers that deliver to each housing project. Each housing area pays their share. When your income is less than $2 a day that is not an option.
Our Foundation has been bringing water into the worst hit village since January. In March we had to double the amount due to summer heat of 110 degrees. The problem with water is you use it up quickly; a tanker full of water lasts the villagers three days if they conserve. We have been sending tankers every three days to the school and the villagers as the picture shows. Each family keeps a barrel to collect water in normal conditions and they fill it from well water near the school (which we provided). Since that well and the tap the government gave ran dry, the families brought the blue barrels to a central location so we could fill them every three days from a water tanker.
As of today, rain has started to fall with the new monsoon. What we need to see is if it continues steady through September so that the wells recharge. Due to draught three of the last five years the ground water table is below 300 feet in the village.