‘Either give us water, or poison us and be done with us.’ This is what a mother of 8 children, Kashi had to say about the extreme water crisis in her village in Maharashtra.
This is the shared feeling of all the locals of remote areas like Mhaismal, Gadwal, Dandichibari, Deola, Sirispada and Pangarne. These are people who have been struggling with water crisis for so long that they have grown old dealing with it.
Nobody wants to marry their children into this crisis. Yet, people like Kashi and thousands of others are stuck in the grueling daily routine of procuring water, going far and out, often being forced to dig it out from shallow, muddy pools. They have to routinely risk their lives for water by getting into the depths of fast depleting deep-wells. Nobody listens to their plight. Year in, year out, nothing changes. And life struggles with thirst. ‘Project Thirst’ was an attempt to capture this struggle and bring it to the world. It was an attempt to get their voices to reach those in a position to make a difference. If this is achieved even remotely, the initiative would be a success.