Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA), a campaign and functional network was initiated in December 2005, since then it continued to work as an informal identity in the five flood prone districts of north Bihar. After seven years of incessant involvement with drinking water, sanitation and adaptive livelihood concerns, MPA got registered as a Public Charitable Trust on June 8, 2012 at New Delhi. The newly formed organization will continue its work in the flood prone region of North Bihar. To take the work ahead a new team has been constituted along with the one that existed in the past. Members of the new team are
Ms. Padmaja Nair – Chairperson
Mr. Bipul Kiran Singh – Treasurer
Mr. Eklavya Prasad – Managing Trustee
Ms. Alka Palrecha – Member Trustee
Ms. Lata Iyer – Member Trustee
Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni – Member Trustee
Mr. S. Vishwanath – Member Trustee
Luisa Cortesi – Advisor
Chandrashekhar – Advisor
Rajendra Jha – Advisor
Prem K Verma – Advisor
Ramesh Kumar – Advisor
Vinay Kumar – Advisor
Megh Pyne Abhiyan (Cloud Water Campaign) is based on the belief that every individual has a right to lead life with ‘dignity, determination and dominance’. It is a commitment towards a behavioural change amongst the rural communities to effectively revive, innovate and institutionalize water and sanitation management practices and mainstream issues concerning floods through collective accountability and action.
The organization is part of a functional network of grassroots organisations organised as MPA network in north Bihar along with Gramyasheel, Kosi Seva Sadan, Samta, Ghoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh, and Water Action working in five flood prone districts – Supaul, Saharsa, Khagaria, Madhubani, and West Champaran respectively of north Bihar. EcoVida Såo Miguel, Brazil is the youngest member of the network.
MPA has been working in collaboration with resource groups – Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), Pune; Biome Solutions, Bangalore; PRADAN, Gaya and New Delhi; Development Alternatives, New Delhi; Department of Environment and Water Management, A N College, Patna; Owner Driven Rehabilitation Collaborative, Patna; and Samaj Pragati Sahyog, Dewas, in equipping the campaign with multiple skill sets.