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Network of Water Dowsers & Organizations in India (NowDoIt)

We are a network of water dowsers and expert organizations implementing community-wide strategies for safe water and sanitation in India.

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Our group has supported approximately 48 organizations in India over the last 25 years to expand water resources and sanitation, --23 established organizations are current partners and have tested many technologies and strategies.  They provide years of experience and expertise to this endeavor providing composting latrines, hygienic and environmentally sustainable sanitation, eco-friendly cooking and meal preparation, rainwater harvesting systems, dug or drilled wells, and they locate water through dowsing, minimizing wasting resources on dry wells. They have had only one dry well in 25 years.  We feature appropriate technology and education in sustainably-designed projects that also focus on alleviation of poverty.

The attraction is a grassroots approach with local culture offering a unique tool to FIND water and utilize best practices.  To date we have funded the organizational efforts to form the Society of India Dowsers and two national conventions.  A third convention can be part of this project.  Teaching water dowsing including the skill of coconut dowsing unique to India is empowering of rural people as they realize the limitless applications of dowsing beyond water and developing of many work skills.

We collaborate with many organizations to bring the newest technologies to communities, education, capacity building and provide a replicable model for other communities and countries. Communication and cooperation among nonprofits, businesses, entrepreneurs, educators, and the public.  

We are a network of water dowsers around the world with a strong India presence who would love to develop strategies and infrastructure to take this effort to scale to assure communities safe water and sanitation.  By utilizing these practices organizations are able to respond to relief efforts during monsoons and flooding.

How would you describe the stage of development of your idea?

  • Ready for piloting

How big or scalable is the potential of your idea?

We can be more precise about numbers served and projections as we continue this co-creative process. Currently we supported safe water and sanitation in 17 countries on four continents and thus have an infrastructure to reach people in many countries. Likewise we have water dowsers throughout the world that can help us further the replication of winning ideas.

Explain the sustainability aspect of your idea

Our organizations have extensive experience in implementing and testing sustainable practices. We only support projects that demonstrate their ability to assure sustainable approaches.

What types of financing would be required for your idea to be successful?

Fundraisers among dowsers and water dowsers, grant monies from foundations, funding from this initiative and other sources.

If you are proposing to partner with other organizations, please explain their role and reason for partnership.

We expect to partner with the Society of India Dowers and other non-profit organizations we are currently supporting including several women's cooperatives. We have a track record with these community organizations and want to work with them to address the Water and Sanitation Challenge and coordinate volunteers and resource to share ideas in a World Water Day and help create a conference cycle or educational program to assure the best ideas are strengthened in communities. Our volunteer team members have been operating in many countries and have a working relationship with many organizations in India including at least seven (7) run by women for women and children. We can facilitate planning to take projects to scale.

In-country experience

  • Yes, for two or more years

If you have been operating in India, what has been your focus?

Our group has supported approximately 48 organizations in India over the last 25 years to expand water resources and sanitation, --23 established organizations are current partners and have tested many technologies and strategies. They provide years of experience and expertise to this endeavor providing composting latrines, hygienic and environmentally sustainable sanitation, eco-friendly cooking and meal preparation, elimination of stagnant water, rainwater harvesting systems, dug or drilled wells, and they locate water through dowsing, minimizing wasting resources on dry wells. They have had only one dry well in 25 years. We feature appropriate technology and education in sustainably-designed projects that also focus on alleviation of poverty.

Is your organization currently legally registered in India?

  • Yes

What states or districts will you target/are you targeting within India?

Our organizations are registered in India. Team members are not although many have traveled to India and maintain relationships with communities there. All projects to date are in Tamil Nadu serving many districts by 23 organizations.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm part of a team of water dowsers in the US and Canada who are partnering with organizations in India and other countries. We are passionate about safe water and sanitation strategies. Team members and donors include Steven Herbert/Vermont (peace corp), Michelle Hicks/Nova Scotia, Dan Prater/Michigan, William Getz/New York, Dreama Brower/Vermont&Nevada, Don Black/Seattle, Sue D Trumpfheller/California, Lisa McCrory/Vermont(Peace Corp), Amelia "Amy" Loomis/Idaho&California, Rob Thompson/California, Sue Dillon/New Hampshire, Jose Cueto/Florida, who has spent extensive time in India, and Beth Grace/Connecticut. They are in the process of joining OpenIDEO and will participate in the next phase. We also plan on including many of our team from India in this next phase. We only recently discovered your Challenge even though we have been discussing Water.org for several months and wanting to be part of its efforts. We are excited to bring our expertise to co-create solutions.

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Could you describe coconut dowsing in more detail and do you know if there been any scientific study into this methodology?

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I really like the network effect. That makes it highly scalable. I also like the fact that there is a high community involvement. Too often are methods and ideas that come to our mind not easy to implement in the actual community. Better help the community to come up with their own solutions and use their own methods.

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As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who worked in grassroots development, a volunteer in program management for a water resources development non-profit for over 18 years, and having made multiple trips to Latin American and the Caribbean to conduct water resources trainings and consultations, I feel I provide a significant contribution to this team. My background has also given me familiarity with several dozen organizations in India, and a sense of who among them rank the highest in terms of integrity and capability.

My experience in water resources development and development in general has taught me the importance of sustainable project design, and that merely providing safe water is not enough. There must be ready access to that water as well as enough of it. Environmentally sustainable sanitation goes hand-in-hand to prevent contamination of surface and groundwater while conserving water. A multi-faceted approach is needed, and for us, this includes dowsing to increase the odds of finding water, and finding it in good quantity and quality. Teaching this art empowers the rural people we work with in all aspects of their lives.

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It is refreshing to find a group applying tried and true methods of sustainable project development and emphasizing appropriate technology, rather than imposing First World solutions and foreign technology.  

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This program works with communities to reliably locate and obtain clean, potable water. Communities are directly involved in the process of locating water, digging wells, choosing and installing appropriate equipment, monitoring usage, and proving upkeep. Community involvement and support increases the success of the installation.

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Easily networked from one community to the next.

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