Joy comes to Rattan Bheel village dwellers
Residents of village Rattan Bheel, Union Council (UC) Jhirmiryo in Tharparkar district, celebrated the newly launched solar-powered deep well at their locality, expressing the hope to live safe with potable water.
The village comprises 167 households, mostly farmers and herders.
Fast Rural Development Program (FRDP) has installed solar-powered deep wells, aiming to benefit the poor families to have water facilities near their abodes.
It was inspiring occasions that after completion of the water facility a large number of women, men and children throng the facility to celebrate it by raising hands.
Since the community people belong to the same tribe and live together through generations, it feels easy to use it carefully.
There are old wells near the village, where the women and children fetch water for their domestic use as well as for their animals.
But after the last few years they witnessed changes in the water quality, linking it to climate variations, which impacted on underground water level and people think differently to use it.
Mostly the people are illiterate and only four persons have passed matriculation examination. Otherwise the people being poor and living without schools nearby seem reluctant to enroll their children at distant institutes.
Only a few influential families have installed solar-powered tube wells for agriculture, otherwise the majority of people in the entire area depend on rain-fed agriculture.
The community people have 753 animals, both small and large, for getting milk and yogurts for their children and themselves.
Thar region is vulnerable to drought and dryness in which the community people prefer to migrate to canal areas with their animals. They live there with families for more time to do labour, harvesting rice, peeling sugarcane on daily wages.
The people are poor and their monthly income ranges from Rs5000 to Rs8000, depending on the situation. This year the people are frightened to face difficulties as dryness is looming over because of uncertain weather.
Community activists were seen optimistically to use water for growing kitchen gardening to have safe food and save income, which they usually spend on purchasing the same food. The water facility is also helpful for herds to quench thirst there, community activists said.