The Aakar Charitable Trust is a brilliant charity building check dams in a desert area of India

What are check dams?

These structures involve comparatively small masonry constructions and extensive earthen bunds. They are most effective in hilly terrain where the whole hill range can be used catchment for the reservoir. They have all the advantages of the large dams and none of the disadvantages, such as displacement and rehabilitation of people, huge unutilized dead storage of water, water logging, risk of breach causing extensive damage to life and property etc. They are cost effective and bestow tremendous bounty upon the land and its people.

Major Achievements of the Trust 

Details of all other achievements

The Trust has worked tirelessly over the last decade with villages in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh to build check dams that have transformed the lives of villagers. Along with this it has worked on building awareness, gardens in Mumbai, and drinking water kunds in villages.

Below are listed some of the most significant achievements of the trust

  • From 2006 to 2011 the Trust has constructed more than 100 medium size check dams at a cost of Rs. 2.5 crores ($500,000) which have given villagers a net income of Rs 51 Crores ($10 million) in one crop.  Their income has increased 2000% and the geography and economy of the areas have been transformed.   From water deficient, they have become water surplus.  These large to medium water harvesting structures consisted of  earthen bunds and cement masonry work acting as still weir in Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
  • Also, constructed are 200 drinking water Kunds in Ramgarh and Churu Collecting 1 crore liters of pure drinking water.
  • Soil & water conservation Awareness Programs
  • Renovated existing water harvesting structures.
  • Developed a herbal garden with water harvesting near Hanging Garden in Mumbai which is widely acclaimed and used for Nature Trails by students.
  • Working for the development of people belonging to the schedule Tribes in Dantevada District.  This is one of the most backward areas of Chhattisgarh.
  • Given Aakar Jal Puraskar of Rs.1,00,000/-  yearly for “Best Water Harvesting Project” to organizations / Individual in Maharashtra for three years.

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