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ZPPS Holkarwadi school is situated right in the center of the Holkarwadi village. The 290 students gather from a 5-kilometer radius from six other smaller villages for their daily education and nutritious meals. There are nine teachers who support the academic development of students.
The water from a local well is stored in two huge overhead tanks in the village, and then pipelines supply untreated water to school and households. Villagers use this water only for washing and cleaning. For drinking, water is purchased at INR 30 (.40 cents US) per 20 liters, or they have to travel around 4 kilometers to get drinking water from the government source and carry it back home. Water from government sources and the extensive trip lasts, at most, two days.
The villagers earn an unreliable living by working on construction sites as a plumber or unskilled laborer on a demand basis. The approximate monthly income is less than INR 10,000 per month ($140 USD.)
18.26’19.41” N; 73.56’22.85” E
Beneficiaries (Students): 290
Village Population: 3,000
Number of Households: 550
Cluster and Country: Pune, India
"This initiative would be very helpful for the school students. We are happy to understand that this system would not require electricity. Thank you for this work."
- Mr. Dattatraya, Grampanchayat Village officer
"I am happy that Gyaneshwari will have good water in the school and that our children will no longer drink contaminated water that makes them sick. Thank you so much from our family."
- Mrs. Madhuri Hinge, fourth grade student mother
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