A Drop Counts – Quest to Quench the Thirst
Rekha Lakshman, Bangalore, India
This is the story of Anitha Lakshmi who, in spite of being a victim of polio from early childhood, is credited with the revitalization of the precious supply of water for her remote village community in Karnataka.
When the only source of water for her tiny hamlet of 600 began to dry up due to the negligence of the local residents and the menfolk of the community failed to act, Anitha Lakshmi decided to take matters into her own hands. She organized a small band of women to form an organization called Shri Anjaneya Swami Kere Abhivridhi Sangha to represent their case to the governing authorities. Even though they encountered strong opposition from the male members of their own community in the early stages of their activism, they persevered and eventually succeeded in getting the governing authorities to provide the grant for various village uplifting projects.
Today, thanks to their efforts, the village is receiving much-needed water from a nearby lake and can boast of proper infrastructure for management of run-off water during the rainy season. The government of Karnataka has recognized the committee led by Anitha Lakshmi with a “Republic Day Award”.
About the presenter…
Rekha Lakshman has been in the teaching field for last 18 years. She currently teaches at BMS Law College; she also serves as a Director of Sir M. Visveswaraiah Co-operative Bank, Bangalore. She has developed training programmes on practical accounting and finance for commerce students under CSR at BMS College for Women, Bangalore.