Women in Vellore, India, have resurrected the Naganadhi river and the agriculture of the area that were almost lost to drought. In 2014, the women took matters into their own hands and worked with engineers and hydrologists to build 600 recharge wells by hand: digging wells, making cement rings, placing the rings and stones, and planting drought-resistant saplings along the river basin. This labor-intensive work has resulted in wells that help replenish the groundwater. They have not only brought a dead river back to life, but have ensured their children do not endure the hardship they did.


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  • omondi c begine

    great, power of together of purpose


    WORKING TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY FOR THE SAKE OF FUTURE GENERATIONS AND THE SOLIDARITY AMONGST THESE WONDERFUL WOMEN I SALUTE THEM and by working in with Nature not Against her and using locally sourced natural materials and sheer hard work and will and LOVE

  • Mary Ellen Williams

    What inspired you about this video? I was inspired by the construction the women were doing with their bare hands and feet, and their commitment to taking care of the natural environment for their welfare and for future generations.

  • Suriyagandhi

    Women together Achieve Successfully If we behind with them.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    this is what courage and real change look like rather than data sets on a piece of paper: locals seeing the challenge, working together in a small dedicated group in their own community doing nothing super fancy, and in doing so making a HUGE impact. I wish more development agencies would share these types of stories! <3 Thank you!

  • Lora

    Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change their world!

  • Sneh Patel

    Women power!!

  • Agata Siembida

    Very inspiring, thank you!

  • Sosi

    Love how women did the work together

  • Edward

    This video proves how dedicated people can create REAL change. Real change happens on the ground by real people, by practical example and not illusory idealism!

  • Cindy

    Wow! So inspiring!

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