As we are approaching drastic climate change, it has become a topic of greater concern; if we don’t come up with the implementation of a solution, we might come across critical situations in the future. We have so many methods to implement and reduce the causes of nature harm; the only required portion and attention of us is, implement them. One such simplest and best measure in conserving water globally is rainwater harvesting.
LEADer Vijitha M. Y. from Government First Grade College, Molakalmuru, Chitradurga says, “Water being the most important and precious gift of nature to us, we need to protect it. Rainwater harvesting can be an essential step towards saving water for future generations.”
Do you know what rainwater harvesting is? Let’s know about it in simple words. It is a simple strategy by which rainwater is gathered and stored for future usage. Artificially designed systems are used to collect and store rainwater that runs off natural or man-made catchment areas, for example, rooftop, hill slopes, rocky surface, compounds, etc.
To create an awareness regarding the rainwater harvesting methods, LEAD organized a live session with the speaker Mr. Sikandar Meeranaik, CEO of Sankalpa Rural Development Society who shared the best inspiring ideas on groundwater recharging and rainwater harvesting. He is a WINNER in Energy Globe World Award Category- Water at Iran in 2018. LEADers attended the live session on 14th September 2020 which was effective, interacting, and helpful to everyone. The practical implementation knowledge which he shared with everyone was to the peak of inspiration that motivated LEAD to organize a task for all LEADers to implement rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging.
LEAD started a challenge giving four important tasks like rainwater harvesting awareness to a group, organizations, communities, Borewell recharge, making a soak pit, and Storage tank to reuse water. Any of these methods could be implemented by the LEADers in the following places:
Schools, Colleges, Parks, Gardens, Etc.
Industrie, Construction Sites, Apartments, Etc.
Orphanages, Temples, Organizations, Etc.
Villages, Communities, Societies, Etc.
Encourage farmers to build Krishi Honda to have sufficient water for cultivation.
Students accepted the challenges and actively participated in the activities towards the environment. Amrutha, a LEADer from DRM Science College, Davangere says, “While doing the project we went live on facebook and explained to people about how to do soak pit and its benefits. It was a great experience for us to do the project and go live at the same time.”
Few Youtube video links were shared with LEADers for them to learn more about it and which could help them while implementing the project under the guidance and mentorship of LEAD mentors by providing them the necessary help and guiding them constantly.
LEADer Abhilash from Bapuji Polytechnic College, Davangere exclaims, “We had learned how to make soak pits from the live session, and the Youtube links which were provided helped us to know the procedure in detail and the measurements of large pits and small pits were useful to further execute the projects.”
LEADer Bhagyashree Pujar from GSS College, Belagavi mentioned her amazing experience, “When we went to take permission from the authorities to implement the project, it was quite difficult to convince them. On showing them a few videos and explaining the pros of rainwater harvesting they agreed and allowed us to implement. The same people appreciated us when our project was completed and that was a good moment for the team where our efforts were appreciated.”
The response from LEADers in this challenge was significant and appreciative for the great contributions of LEADers by accepting the challenge set up. A total of 25 Soak pits were constructed and 4 awareness sessions were created by 44 LEADers. The project was implemented in 2 Park, 1 Apartment, 1 Temple, 10 Homes, 2 Colleges, 1 Orphanage, and 2 Schools. The total number of indirect beneficiaries of the project is 2654, which is indeed a great achievement by the active LEaders.
LEADer Vishwanath Alur from Jain College, Belagavi, and LEADer Vandana from Government First Grade College, Molakalmuru, Chitradurga expressed that while doing the project they learned skills like communication, teamwork, time management, leadership qualities, taking responsibilities, helping each other, and managing the tasks.
We, the LEAD family, congratulate the leaders for their work and appreciate their efforts. Every LEADer’s participation in the project is a part of a contribution towards a better cause of making our nature healthier. Let us always be a reason for a better cause so that we all can live peacefully by respecting and valuing nature’s gifts to us.
Written By: Priyanka Kammar