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Quest for Water: 300 women Dig Wells

In these days of climate change I need to look out for stories where people and communities are resilient. We have work ahead. I learned about this story about a group of women in Southern India.  Maneka Gandhi tweeted:

Megha Varier writing for The News Minute tells the story:

All photographs sourced from Panchayat President Jayadevan K

How 300 women dug 190 wells to save their panchayat from drought in Kerala.

Lakshmikutty (39), a resident of Pookkottukavu panchayat in Kerala’s Palakkad district, has been working under the central government’s MNREGA scheme since the past six years. Lakshmi used to be wary of heights, but not anymore.

Lakshmi, along with 299 other women have defied their inhibitions and have dug as many as 300 wells in their panchayat over a period of six months. Now, she climbs down the wells with practiced ease–tying two ladders together, suspending them inside the wells and then climbing down to dig the well deeper, until she finds water.


Author: Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is

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