Megh Pyne Abhiyan (MPA), a Public Charitable Trust, working on water based resilience and adaptability measures amidst extreme weather conditions, participatory groundwater management, safe and secure drinking water processes and technologies, and hygienic and contextual sanitation management, through collective accountability and action in water stressed areas of Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand states in India.
In December 2005, MPA got formed as a campaign and a functional network , and continued to work as an informal identity in the five flood prone districts – Supaul, Saharsa, Khagaria, Madhubani and Pashchim Champaran of Bihar. After seven years of engagement with issues like drinking water (during and post floods), sanitation and adaptive livelihood measures, MPA got registered as a Public Charitable Trust on June 8, 2012 at Delhi. Presently, the organization is governed by the Board of Trustees and Advisor and following are the members
Padmaja Nair – Chairperson
Bipul Kiran Singh – Treasurer
Alka Palrecha – Member Trustee
Lata Iyer – Member Trustee
Himanshu Kulkarni – Member Trustee
S. Vishwanath – Member Trustee
Luisa Cortesi – Advisor
Eklavya Prasad – Managing Trustee
At present, MPA’s implementation team constitutes of the following members
Pradeep Poddar – Program Officer (Social Mobilization and Trainings)
Kumod Kumar Das – Program Officer (Technical)
Aparna Unni – Program Officer (Water)
Trinayani Sen – Program Officer (West Bengal)
Simran Sumbre – Program Officer (Bihar)
Megh Pyne Abhiyan literally means 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 among the rural communities to effectively revive, innovate and institutionalize water and sanitation management practices and mainstream issues concerning floods, groundwater 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.
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.