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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!

Kowdenahalli lake – Creating Life

The fifty-five-acre Kowdenahalli lake is an oasis of serenity for the onlookers and for the walkers alike. The refreshing awe of the lake water gives a fresh start for the day ahead. People come here to enjoy walking by the lake, running and doing yoga to keep the body and soul full of spirit. Nearly 1000 people visit the lake in the morning and around 500 in the evening. The lake has an aura to wipe away all the dullness of the long day spent doing daily jobs.

Lakes in BangaloreThe lake is not only enjoyed by the elderly but also by kids and the youths alike. The beauty of life flowing in the water of the lake can be established by the writings of people on the board present on the entrance of lake. There is a new thought inscribed on the board on every new day. The day we visited, on 7th Feb 2018, the board said “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” This gesture is the establishment of the fact that the community is engaged with the lake.Lakes in Bangalore

 

The lake is hosting an ecosystem of flora and fauna. Various kinds of plants and trees can be seen around the lake. This Vibrant water-body is home to medicinal plants and fruit-bearing trees dotting its periphery. While walking through this plethora of freshness, people grasp the pure air and appreciate nature. People can also involve themselves in bird watching as different types of migratory birds flying and shoal of fish swimming can be seen in the lake. Due to abundance of fish, lake also allows people to catch fish on a contractual basis.Lakes in Bangalore

This excellence is not here to stop. The lake has plans for its citizens. In the upcoming time, there would a children’s park, open gym facility and dedicated area for yoga. Currently yoga asanas are done in Gazebo which has adequate number of benches for people to sit and just gaze at the tranquility.

The safety of the people is ensured by our home guards who are present at all the time. Cleanliness of the pathway is ensured by Eshwar and Gauramma who are the caretakers of this prodigy of nature. These people under the care of United Way Bengaluru have ensured that people keep coming to the lake and take some time out of their busy lives.Lakes in Bangalore The Residents recalled how they would be scared to visit the lake 10 years ago as the water couldn’t be differentiated from muck. Sirisha, who had been living in Ramamurthy Nagar for twenty-five years mentioned that despite having fifteen lakes in neighboring areas, people come to Kowdenahalli for their daily walk. They also feel proud to have come together to celebrate Kere Sankranti (Lake Sankranti). There were 10,000 diyas and lanterns which were lit on this auspicious occasion around the lake. The citizens feel that the lake has been satiating them religiously, spiritually and the organically.

“Let the lake help you discover yourself. Spend some time with yourself.”
 by Arushi sharma and Mithun, NMIMS, Mumbai. 

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