“It was a hard summer last year. The rainfall was very less and all the ponds and wells went dry. All the villagers and especially the women, who are the prime water carriers, had to travel miles to fetch water. Our legs would ache and get swollen from hours of walking. And we would be left with no time for ourselves. But the construction of Water Harvesting Structures has changed the situation for better. Old ponds and wells were renovated. We now have sufficient water for our daily use, for the animals and also for irrigating the land. Our legs are spared the torture now. We now no longer have to walk the enormous distance and use the spare time for playing with children and also take some rest”. Nepura Payasing, Kalahandi, Odisha.