To generate awareness regarding rainwater harvesting in urban areas Ñ Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based non-governmental (NGO) had put a stall in Nature Mela (fair) at Dilli Haat between February 1 Ð 14, 2002. The mela was organised by Dastkar, a New Delhi-based NGO involved in promoting traditional handicrafts for cultural revival and economic regeneration.
The model of kundi (Churus traditional practise of harvesting and conserving rainwater for drinking purposes) and a person holding an inverted umbrella attracted peoples attention. Kids came, touched it to know more about it - leading to its dismantling, then used to run away and again used to show up as soon the structure was restored. For some it was a flying saucer, temple or a kuan (well), but not a kundi from any angle. A craftsman from Gujarat, who was participating in the mela was amazed to see a kundi, in Delhi. It was a learning experience for both the kids and adults, as everyone wanted to know more about the kundi. And, once they knew how people in Churu are catching rain Ð the poster series on rural and urban rainwater harvesting attracted their attention. Children visiting the stall were particularly interested in knowing and discussing more about rainwater harvesting. Uptil now for most of them the main source of water was tap and their water motor can always fill their water tank ensuring a regular supply. After visiting the stall they realised that the rain is a lot more than just a season.
Most of the grown up visitors were interested in the cost benefit analysis of catching rain Ð i e what are they going to gain at the individual levels? Next question was how could they apply this technique in their houses? CSE engineers technical advice and a collection of essential books on water quenched the thirst of about more than 500 visitors hailing from different backgrounds.
CSEs stall generated a lot of interest amongst visitors, while encouraging them to participate in the water campaign.
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