The Miracle Water Village narrates the inspirational story of impoverished farming community in India that reversed its fortunes through its visionary model of water management.
Lying in one of the worst drought-prone regions of India, the village of Hiware Bazar battled many decades of sparse rain and failed crops. However, 20 years ago, the entire village came together to script a silent revolution by designing a rainwater-harvesting model that saved every drop of the scanty rain they received. Today, the village is literally an oasis in the middle of the desert, boasting of bumper harvests, dairy co-operatives, millionaire families and visionary farmers.
Subtropical desert (Köppen: BWh)
Elevation: 1090 ft Annual rainfall: 7"
That's a truly beautiful video. It's stories like these that got me so into permaculture in the first place. Greening the desert was the first time I had heard of permaculture, and it's always been the rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging that has inspired me the most.
One day I would love to have a job working with people to implement methods like these.
Fantastic! What a great example of watershed management. These are small contributions, made by many, that reap huge rewards for an entire village. I can only imagine what the impact would be on this planet if as little as 25% of the world's desert regions were involved in rain water harvesting. I love spreading the word to my desert dwelling friends. The best part is that we can all make a small investment of time and sweat to initiate the change in our own backyards. You can do amazing things with a shovel.
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