CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru came up with several success stories on models of sustainable rural development (MSRD). They did modification of a drinking water borewell recharge pit in Yelachammanahalli village which was one of the interventions that helped 40 families in the village to get potable water. The borewell was the only source of drinking water for the 40 families. The recharge pit was modified by placing a steel mesh in between two layers of 2 mm stones. Earlier charcoal was placed in between the layer which gets destroyed within three to four years. The other designs remained the same as before. However, old damaged stone materials were removed and replaced with new ones. The community people especially women provided the labour and they pledged to manage the recharge pit by themselves from henceforth. The water that was not potable before the modification work, has become potable now and the water levels are likely to increase after the rains. 40 families are getting benefited.
In the same village, desilting of a Check Dam was done, which will help in recharging the ground and surface water. The water collected in the natural water canal leading to the check dam will be useful for the people and the cattle. Women’s cooperative bank set up by Chethana Women and Community Development Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited, a community based organization which was initiated and strengthened by CU in Yelachammanahalli, has enabled women to enjoy financial security and to ensure good education for their children. The bank is catering to around 650 women belonging to about 55 Self Help Group (SHGs) from 14 villages. CU is continuing to provide technical support to the bank.
Also the paintings made in the school and the Anganawadi in Yelachammanahalli has resulted in a conducive learning environment for the school and the Anganawadi children. In Thaggali Hosahalli, the newly constructed drinking water borewell recharge pit is catering to 50 families. The water levels will increase after the rains and will not get too low during the summer.