With a billion people, India is grappling with freshwater scarcity. We depend on the monsoons for most of our water and yet fail to harvest and harness rainwater. However, on the outskirts of Mumbai is an unassuming village; a fine example of Leadership in action.
Led by a feisty group of rural women, this village is a story of grit, determination and perseverance. A community led watershed development project that has helped increase the groundwater level in less than a decade.
Students will meet these women, tour the place, discuss and debate freshwater issues as a challenge and an opportunity for action and learn what it takes to be the change you want to see in this world.
The day will begin with an introduction to the freshwater challenges facing our planet today and discussions around the socio-economic and political impact of these challenges. Participants will then take a tour of the village to understand the simple, practical and micro interventions undertaken by the women that helped turn the village from being water scarce to a water sufficient area.
Participants will then get an opportunity to interact with the women behind the work. Learn about their struggles and triumphs. They will then spend some time exploring their own personal values and leadership qualities that they could use to find solutions to some of the most pressing environmental issues.