With majority of population dependent on agriculture, the cost of cultivation is very high due to an overuse of pesticides. Villages lack proper sanitation and drainage systems and overall sanitary conditions are poor in communities. Additionally, a Special Economic Zone and the fast growth of industrialisation in the area, is putting pressure on existing water and land resources.
Water harvesting, groundwater recharge, safe drinking water and enhancing crop yields are major thrusts being focused on in Andhra Pradesh. Communities are being empowered as water stewards with Water Quality Testing to ensure its safety. Development of water infrastructure in villages, establishment of RO plants, and OHSR tank connectivity are some activities that are being practiced via a partnership with Asian Paints. Ground water is being monitored and managed to protect the area's precious resources through electrical motors, drilling of bore wells and water distribution system.
Additional Water Storage Created
Safe Drinking Water Facilities
People with Portable Water Availability
Increased Surface Water
Farmers with Micro-Irrigation
ACF’s integrated health program in partnership with Asian Paints incorporates preventive and promotive aspects of health, with a strong focus on women and children. The program is implemented by an on-ground cadre of village based trained health workers (Asha Workers) to provide better facilities of Government at village level. In alignment with the Government’s Swacch Bharat Mission, toilets have been built and awareness creation on ODF across 6 villages has been created. Additionally, ACF supports Anganwadi centres for better nutritional and health status of children.
The education program in Andhra Pradesh focuses on providing infrastructure support to schools to enhance the learning atmosphere and outcomes for children. Additionally, we are improving the hygiene and sanitation conditions in schools by building toilets and handwashing stations to promote WASH and improved health and hygiene behaviour of children.
Received better infrastructure
When ACF entered the villages of NadiKudi, Andhra Pradesh, more than 50% of people in the villages were suffering frequently from Arthritis, Typhoid and other water borne diseases due to high TDS in the water. Installation of an RO water plant was decided as the best choice to address the issue. The community stepped forward to donate towards the project and land was provided by a local community member and panchayat. A well-planned distribution system was needed to ensure every household received the water supply, equally. As a result, 4 RO plants were installed in Budavada village in 2010 with a good distribution system to ensure equal distribution.
Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF) has partnered with Asian Paints to enhance the livelihood of 4.2 lakh individuals across 9 villages in Visakhapatnam, through comprehensive water and health initiatives. As part of Asian Paints CSR initiative, ACF acts as an implementing partner for this project to revive water bodies, install water filtration systems and create awareness among the community on judicious utilisation of water resources and proper health and hygiene practices.Know More