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The Times of India

Nagpur: ‘Project Rise Water Security’ will be a silver lining for the dark clouds that hover over 900 farm families in Yavatmal, the infamous ‘farmer suicide capital’ of the country.

The initiative, jointly launched by the Dawoodi Bohra community and World Vision India on Monday, aims to increase the water storage capacity of five villages – Sawarghat, Chinchghat, Wadner, Jawahar Murzedi and Marthad – in Vidarbha’s Yavatmal district.

‘Enabling communities to generate livelihood is an essential step towards the socio-economic development of a nation. The project will provide access to the best global practices in watershed management. We are confident that the project will help in improving the livelihood and income of farmers, the backbone of our nation, and pave the way for a better future,’ said Sony Thomas, director, World Vision India.

Representative of the Nagpur jamaat Mr Shabbir Fidvi, shed more light on the project. ‘Though we are a small community, we understand our responsibility towards our country, especially the areas affected by acute water shortage,’ said Fidvi.

Project Rise is funded by the Dawoodi Bohra community led by His Holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. It is the community’s global philanthropic initiative which is meant to provide nourishment, water, health care and sanitation to those in need.

Apart from the water security project in Yavatmal, Project Rise is also involved in helping families with food and water in places like Govandi, Roha, Karjat and Panvel in Maharashtra.

The Water Security Initiative will bring about a transformation in the irrigation system in farmlands through state-of-the-art technology. It will also help to expand cultivable areas via check dams to ensure free flow of water. Capacity building and sensitising sessions for children, women and working members of the family will be conducted on a regular basis.

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