Socially and Economically Mobilizing the Community
After careful consideration, UC Riverside’s Project RISHI decided to assist Pariej, a village located in the Kheda district of Gujarat, India. We came to this conclusion by picking a village that can benefit the most from our help, a village that we can have a greater impact upon, and a village that will allow us to work together with them. Pariej was the village that we wanted to help provide sustainable solutions to health care, and basic infrastructural, educational and social needs.
When our president, Uday Chauhan, visited Pariej last year, he was able to recognize and report the major problems that the residents of Pariej were facing. He helped conduct several surveys, met with local residents, and created a partnership with local NGOs. After taking all of the problems into consideration, we decided that we would like to focus on certain issues that we can thoroughly attend to.
Water sanitation is an extremely vital issue in the village that must be fixed. Currently, Pariej has neither a sanitary, nor a functioning water system. Thus, Pariej lacks access to clean drinking water and a sanitation system. The deficiency of both is leading to many water-borne diseases that the villagers cannot afford to acquire. PRISHI hopes to provide a water purification, draining system, and proper sanitation system in efforts to help prevent future health risks.
The education system in Pariej, if improved, will allow the residents’ of Pariej to help overcome the continual cycle of poverty. Educational programs, vocational training, and technology advancements, all will be an investment in the children’s lives. Currently, the children are unable to put emphasis into their schoolwork, or education as a whole, due to the fact that help is need from their families for their labor-intensive work. PRISHI hopes to bridge the gap between urban and rural education for these children so that they can have the same opportunities in the future.
The current conditions in farming and technology in the village are costing the villagers much of their time and too much of their health. Working extremely hard in unsanitary conditions and using primitive methods to get work done is causing many health risks to get way in the villagers’ lives. The advancement of farming and development of science will allow the villagers to spend fewer hours in the fields and possibly help avoid the health risks due to their work.
As Pariej has been the home to many residents and will continue to reside many villagers, we hope that the progress we make and the effort we put in to the advancement of the village will benefit the livelihood of the current Pariej residents and the generations to come.
Author(s): Anuja Bhagat
Originally published at www.projectrishi.org.