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March 2018

Yet another World Water Day

Renewed hope, stronger resolutions

Yet another World Water Day is around the corner. The world will be awash with events, messages and calls to action for the cause of water. Rallies and festivities will mark the day and the media will showcase World Water Day with all the fanfare it deserves. As World Water Day 2018 passes, we might all go back to ‘water slumber’ and wake up for the next one.

But let’s try and make this year a little different. Let’s recognize that the trends with regard to water are not good. They have not been good for years. The data doesn’t change, the situation worsens and we seem to take water for granted, as we do with the air we breathe. Consider the facts:

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  • There are more than 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home.
  • Nearly 97 per cent of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2 per cent is in glaciers or ice caps. That leaves only one per cent of the water to fulfill all our needs.
  • India, one of the fastest growing economies and home to almost a fifth of the world’s population, was ranked in an annual Water Aid survey as having the greatest number of people living rurally without access to clean water: 63 million.
  • Closer to home, Bengaluru was ranked in a recent BBC report as the world’s second city likely to soon run out of drinking water.

Is this the world we want to leave behind for our children? The answer is an obvious NO. Let’s then take some ‘water positive’ actions this year. Let’s look around us. What are the resources we have, which we can preserve and conserve? What are the little things we can do to save big, like attending to leaky taps, using less water for everyday tasks like taking a shower, or washing our cars?

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Let’s expand our world a bit. Is your neighbourhood lake in good shape? Can you do anything to make a difference? Do you want to be involved in keeping our world, and more importantly your city/town/village water secure? If the answer is yes to all the questions that threaten water security, then click here

Wake the Lake is an initiative of United Way Bengaluru that has been successful in reclaiming and restoring several lakes which were on the verge of total collapse and ruin, by clearing them of sewage, improving the quality of water and turning them into active community spaces.

You too can engage with us by volunteering, donating, advocating or simply visiting any of the lakes we have rejuvenated, with your family and friends. Write to us to for more at info@uwbengaluru.org

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Small on size, big on achievements… The lean, mean team of UWBe…

It’s a normal day at UWBe…

There’s the ever-present air of excitement, adrenaline levels are high, there’s lots to be done and a day has just so many hours… The team however is not fazed. They know they can do it!

When the mandate is big, the responsibilities accompanying the mandate too are big. And so it is at UWBe, which has undertaken to solve complex issues in society, with the participation of all stakeholders – government, communities, corporate entities, NGOs and others.

The result is in the rich and diverse mix of projects ongoing at any one time. Lake rejuvenation, sewage treatment plants, greening of lake environments, early childhood education, Student scholarship programme, Integrated Rural development  and empowerment of women are just some of these.  And each of these come with an exhaustive list of ‘to do’ things – obtain permissions, funding, community involvement and participation, meet deadlines, maintain accountability and the list goes on and on…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The UWBe WhatsApp group bears testimony to the energy and verve that runs through the team. On any given day, the team exchanges 75-100 updates. The pictures, the one-liners, the results and the energy come right through. One can write a whole report by just extracting the WhatsApp messages!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, does a lean team mean compromised results? Does a lean team mean being spread thin? On the contrary, the UWBe team has cracked the spirit of partnerships. By drawing in communities, volunteers, student interns and other stakeholders, the team at UWBe not only achieves big results. It also ensures involvement and collective ownership.

This is a subjective view of the team; it is also objective because the results speak…best NGO in BangaloreBest NGO in Bangalore

We invite the reader to visit us and imbibe the energy. Come interact with the team, engage with them and become a part of the larger UWBe family!