Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA) is a Public Charitable Trust that works on issues of water distress in East India. Our primary focus is on safe and secure drinking water processes and technologies, participatory groundwater management, and hygienic & contextual sanitation management. MPA is committed towards resilience and adaptability of local rural communities, particularly in natural hazard prone regions.
Areas of work by Megh Pyne Abhiyan (work implementation and study areas)
Rather than a solution-centric approach, we have always believed in and executed a problem-centric approach. Only then are alternatives to address these issues identified and tailored to be locally sustainable.
Secondly, rather than attempt to tackle the entire range of issues it has come across, MPA has focused its attention on challenges surrounding one critical resource – water.
Third, it has always sought to work in the most challenged and marginalized regions which are often left out of the mainstream such as communities living areas within flood embankments.
Most importantly, MPA’s work has been guided by the local organisations who have immense understanding of the ground realities. They have helped build MPA’s knowledge base, conduct social mobilisation, design alternatives and effectively implement the interventions. This has helped MPA go beyond the one-size-fit-all approach, and push for contextual, local and decentralized models of alternatives for safe drinking water and ecologically sustainable sanitation.
Presently, MPA’s focus has expanded across the water distress regions in the East Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, covering both rural and urban (in Dhanbad, Jharkhand) spaces. Additionally, MPA is also exploring options to work in Odisha and North East India.