Soap, anybody?

Soap, anybody?

Over the past few months, if you’d have hung out around Grampari you likely would have caught me stirring away some odd mixture wearing gloves and safety goggles. Or perhaps carefully drawing out lines on planks of plywood and then using a tablesaw to make some molds. All in the name of soap. Last weekend … Continue reading

Spring Protection Proposal

Spring Protection Proposal

Safe, Sustainable, Gravity-Fed Drinking Water – A Model for the Western Ghats Dr. Jared Buono & R. Thomas (Grampari) Executive Summary: Everyday throughout the Western Ghats, new wells are being dug and lift schemes are being constructed. As a result many areas are facing declining groundwater levels, increased pumping costs and growing conflict. Sustainable alternatives … Continue reading

Youth for a Change

Youth for a Change

Grampari recently hosted a three-day youth leadership camp on our campus in Panchgani. Students came mostly from Pune and several small villages nearby. Among the many activities that occurred over the course of their three days, many youth commented on an early morning lesson on Nature. In today’s world of industrialization and technology it is … Continue reading

Left Behind – A toilet story…

Left Behind – A toilet story…

When I got the news that I was going to Abhepuri, a village in the western part of the Indian state of Maharashtra, for a sanitation project, I logged on to the Internet and checked out Abhepuri’s toilet stats. The Indian government runs a savvy website which has village-by-village statistics for the number of household … Continue reading

Stoves!

Stoves!

Stoves are a big deal. Don’t just take my word for it, here’s some information put out by the World Health Organization: “Worldwide, more than three billion people depend on solid fuels, including biomass (wood, dung and agricultural residues) and coal, to meet their most basic energy needs: cooking, boiling water and heating. Opening the … Continue reading

Marathi report on protection of spring boxes in Pachputewadi

Marathi report on protection of spring boxes in Pachputewadi

सार्वजनिक वितरणाचे सरंक्षण पाचपुतेवाडी, तालुका:वाई, जिल्हा:सातारा, महाराष्ट्र, भारत रिपोर्ट : रेनी थोमस, भूगर्भशास्त्रज्ञ जारेड बोनो, पी.एच.डी, जळतज्ञ पार्श्वभूमी आणि परिचय :- अभेपुरी ग्रामपंचायत, तालुका: वाई, जिल्हा: सातारा मधील पाचपुतेवाडी ही चारशे लोकांची वस्ती असलेली वाडी आहे. परमपरेने शेती करणाऱ्या या वस्तीची सर्वात मोठी समस्या म्हणजे घरकामा साठी आवश्यक पाण्याची उणीव. या वाडीसाठी पाण्याचा उपलब्ध असलेला … Continue reading

Have a look at the new sand dam – Taighat

Have a look at the new sand dam – Taighat

The last update on the Taighat spring protection was on Dec 2011,  and finally this year it has come to completion.  Well now just waiting for the rains and humming my own version of “Rain Rain (don’t) go away!!” to fill in the tanks. Rain Rain please come again!! Don’t go down the drain but fill behind … Continue reading

Tree basin to capture rain water

Tree basin to capture rain water

When trees are cut, grasses are burnt and overgrazed and essential nutrients washed away, the land gets degraded and important microbes die out which sustain the functioning of the ecosystem. Man is changing the landscape much more dramatically then what he had done before. Thus, humans must intervene and reverse this ecological damage through appropriate management techniques such as rainwater … Continue reading

Revisiting the spring boxes of Pachputewadi

Revisiting the spring boxes of Pachputewadi

After the last spring box construction seven months ago at Pachputewadi, the villagers revisited some of the existing traditional spring boxes and renovated them to increase their water capacity and to prolong the supply of water until February and March. It was not just about extracting more water but also digging some contour trenches to … Continue reading