One of Khandel light’s priorities has been to fund local health
workers, whose remit importantly includes raising the status of women.
To date the Charity has funded eleven of these “social animators”;
locally trained women, serving eleven of the villages around Khandel.
These women have been instrumental in the improvement of women’s
education in areas including literacy, contraception, childbirth
and hygiene. They work closely with Khandel light-funded midwives.
Khandel light’s pond-digging and field bunding projects have
already been invaluable in maximising any rain that does fall. It
is also funding a programme of building “water houses”,
which are large storage tanks for water, crucial now that drinking
water has to be purchased and brought in by tanker. It is possible
for supporters to sponsor their own water house, for which they receive
a certificate. The cost is modest, at around £40, yet it will
keep safe and secure, enough drinking water for a family of up to
thirty people to last for two months.
The Charity continues to fund
the building of four latrines per year in each of its eleven villages.
These not only make a contribution to general hygiene, but also,
importantly, to personal dignity. Khandel light has also financed
roof provision for the poorest, road building schemes, numerous health
camps that have treated hundreds of individuals – and animals
too - and programmes designed to raise the profile of women, such
as an adolescent girls’ fair for 250 teenage girls.