State of affairs up to and including May 2019

In the past period we looked back on the successful realization of ten water dams that could have been realized since the start of the Karauli Foundation, thanks to your generous contributions. In addition, wells have been driven and water storage has been realized by means of water tanks.

The impact of this on the lives of the local population is high. The water storage in the new water basins ensures that the water level in the lower reaches of the river remains at a sufficient level, preventing the drying out of water wells, and water can also be collected in water tanks. This way, it is no longer necessary for women in the nearby villages, to fetch water from a great distance and besides that, not only boys but also girls can go to school now. This offers them the chance to gain basic elementary knowledge such as, reading and writing, but also education about hygiene. This does not only contribute to a substantial social improvement of the living conditions for the local population, but also, due to the presence of water in the reservoirs and water wells, there will be water outside the monsoon for cattle and for irrigation of dry fields.

Unfortunately, in 2016 we had to report a major setback. Apart from the damage caused by extreme rainfall to a few smaller dams, a large dam had completely broken through.

In the course of 2017, the damage to the dams was, as far as possible, restored by the local population itself. The broken dam required the most attention; its recovery involved many difficulties, to due to the scale of the damage. First of all, the necessary work and costs for the recovery of the broken dam have been mapped by Krishna. For this purpose, he consulted a local contractor and looked into the possibilities to prevent a breakthrough of the dam in the future. The assessment of the costs and the planning of the repair work have been reviewed by the board. This subsequently led to a review of the level of the costs. The contractor was prepared to pre-finance the repair work, so that the work could be completed before a member of the board could assess the recovery on site.

For this, Rob Lindeman visited Karauli on behalf of the board. In his travel report of October 2017 to the board he reported as follows: "First visited the dam which was recently repaired with our financial support. Three causes of the breakthrough; the very abundant monsoon (the heaviest in the last thirty years), the breakthrough of other dams up stream, built by the government, and finally, the too small overflow reservoir (the open space next to the dam). To prevent a breakthrough in the future, the dam was raised by about 6 feet (2 meters) and the overflow reservoir was widened. The dam is a great success, see photos. Apart from the large amount of water that does not flow away anymore, both flora and fauna have improved enormously. Many new animals have been spotted near the dam, such as birds, antelopes, hyenas, bears and even a leopard. With the newly created shrubs / forests, the local population has more wood available to cook meals. On the spot, I received a signed audit report on the costs of repairing the dam."

During the visit to Karauli it became clear that there is no longer any need for the construction of new dams in the region in which the Karauli Foundation is active. But, a reserve amount for maintenance/ eventual repairs to the existing dams that have already been realized would be necessary.

In 2017, on the initiative of Krishna, the board discussed a plan to improve the lower reaches of streams / rivers at the existing dams by adding a number of smaller water dams. The watercourse is broken with such a cascade system but not closed. The current minister-president of India gained good experience with this technique, also called CD, when he was prime minister in the province of Gujarat. An extensive project proposal will be made for this by Krishna.

Financial report 2017/2018

An inventory of the costs for the repair of the broken dam indicated that this involved an amount of approx. € 11,500. This includes expenses for the improvement of the dam, such as widening and raising, to prevent repetition of a breakthrough. Krishna mapped out the costs on the basis of an offer, and presented them to the board for review. The board came to the conclusion that the financial resources of the Karauli foundation could best be used first to preserve the existing dams, before new initiatives are developed. In doing so, the Board is aware of the need to take into account the increasing extremity in the weather conditions that may possibly occur more often than before, due to climate change. As a result, it is advisable to maintain a financial buffer in case of a break in one of the dams or damage that cannot be repaired by the residents themselves.

The repair of the broken dam was implemented by a contractor in 2017, at which he pre-financed the costs of the repair in consultation with Krishna. Rob Lindeman reviewed the dam's recovery during his trip to Karauli in mid-October 2017, where the repair costs were controlled by a financial auditor and confirmed by means of an audit report.
As usual, the costs for this trip were not charged to the Foundation's financial budget.

After several attempts of paying the repairs to the contractor, it appeared that the transfer of funds to India ran into problems. The license granted to the Karauli Foundation by the Indian government for providing financial support in India for a period of five years turned out to have expired. This meant that a permit must be applied for again.

The costs of the first attempt at payment and the expenses of the foundation for the renovation of the dam that was destroyed, which will also include the accounting costs in India, are therefore included in the 2017 figures. The costs for following attempts are included in the 2018 figures. Currency differences on the days of settlement explain the difference between the amounts paid and received back. Of course, Krishna immediately took action to fulfil the permit requirement as quickly as possible, but with the acquisition of this, the necessary time is needed in India.
During his visit to the Netherlands in March 2019, Krishna announced that the government of India has promised that the Karauli Foundation will eligible for a permit. For payment for the repair of the dam a cost item of € 11.500 has been included in the figures of 2018.

Rob has once again experienced his visit to the residents, who benefit from the dams, as very heart-warming. The board would therefore like to convey the warm thanks of these residents to you. Your donation makes this help possible. The board also expresses its gratitude on behalf of Krishna, for your support and the trust shown by your financial contribution to the work of the Karauli Foundation.


Finance 2017

 
  Income Expenditure
Balance January 1, 2017 22.164,85  
Donations 150,00  
Bank charges   113,96
Interest   0,00
Website subscription   72,60
Website charges   0,00
Building/repair dams   11.351,34
Balance December 31, 2017   10.776,95
 
Total 22.314,85 22.314,85


Finance 2018

 
  Income Expenditure
Balance January 1, 2018 10.776,95  
Donations 874,65  
Bank charges   133,00
Interest   0,00
Website subscription   172,60
Corrections payment repair dam 22.061,40 11.405,82
Balance December 31, 2018   22.001,58
 • Payment obligation   11.500,00
 • Disposable   10.501,58
 
Total 33.713,00 33.713,00