Rural Water and Sanitation
60 million people in India currently live without access to a reliable and easily accessible source of clean drinking water, comprising 19% of the world's total. Lack of clean drinking water leads to a significantly higher prevalence of waterborne illnesses among India's rural poor, which in turn leads to high mortality rates, stunted growth, and a general exacerbation of socioeconomic disparities. Prime Trust is working to reduce this acute problem through partnerships with international nongovernmental organizations to install modern wells in the rural villages surrounding Pondicherry.
The Uppuvelore Project
Prime Trust recently partnered with Hamap Humanitaire, a French nongovernmental organization, to construct a bore well, kitchen space, and sanitary bathroom facilities in Uppuvelore, a small rural village to the northwest of Pondicherry. The new facilities will provide clean drinking water and improved sanitation for the school children and the broader village populace.