« A single drop raises the ocean » – Indian Proverb
It’s in India that it all started…
Alexis Roman, then a student, left for an internship in India. From encounters to encounters, he found himself in the villages of Bargarh, in Uttar Pradesh. The inhabitants already suffering from poverty, were enduring a 7 year drought. Desperate, farmers expressed their need for water. In one of the villages, an elderly women told him : “help us, we’re dying !” It was a turning point.
Upon his return to France, in march 2010, he created Rain Drop and left for Bargarh 6 months later to implement the NGO’s first project !
The beginnings were not easy. Without funds, without a team and without speaking the language, he spent several months in Chetteni, a small village of 60 families which has no running water and electricity. He got acquainted with the local culture, the rhythm and the needs. He learnt hindi and took the time to understand the people with whom he was living.
This first year, with the participation of the villagers of Chetteni, two water harvesting ponds were constructed and 250 trees were planted. See the activity report 2010-2011 for the details of the other activities implemented.