by Aneesh Bhanot
There are many ways how one can provide much needed and valued service to society, espe-cially the physically and visually challenged and the economically weak sections of society.
Rotarians, the world over, pour their passion, integrity and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. Some Rotarians believe in a focussed approach, that is, identifying particular segments who they feel need urgent and immediate help, putting in their 100 percent efforts in being of service to them and making sure that there is continuity in all that they do.
Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik (RCS) believes in this approach and its members have done amaz-ing work in the segments they have selected.
One such segment is in conserving water. Water is essential to life, yet 844 million people in the world – 1 in 9 – lack access to it. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, the water crisis is the #4 global risk in terms of impact to society. India, too, is no exception to this serious problem.
Yet, we all waste water. Through dripping taps, leaking valves.
And that is why the Rotary Chandigarh Shivalik Boond Boond Bachana Hai project was put into operation. RCS was inspired by a similar project done in Mumbai by someone else, who saved 20 million litres of water through this.
RCS hired a plumber and the valves of leaking taps in residential houses were changed free by us. The Plumber was always accompanied by a Rotary member when visiting households .
While the plumber would be changing the valve, the Rotarian would distribute a specially created leaflet to the family on the water problem and what all each of us can do to save water. The Rotarian would explain how precious water is and how we can save water, including through Rain Harvesting. The Rotarian would also ask the householder to introduce us to their neighbours so that their taps could also be checked also.
Like all other RCS projects, this will continue this year too.