State of affairs up to and including June 2020

Following the Corona crisis, Krishna summarized the situation in Karauli in an email from June 2020:

Dear members of Stichting Karauli,
We hope you and your families are safe and healthy during these difficult times brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. India too has been struggling with the crisis, while certain areas have been very badly hit by the virus and have strict lockdowns in place, Karauli has so far avoided the brunt of the disease, though this may change in the days to come.

However Karauli too has been hit by the changing socio-economic situation. There is excessive pressure on resources, especially in areas where millions of migrant labourers have had to return to their homes after the suspension of industries during the crisis. Water is chief among these resources. In an area struck by a sustained scarcity of water, and where a lack of government water supply forces people to be dependent on prohibitively expensive bore wells, the nine check dams built by Stichting Karauli provide water to homes in villages close to Karauli. Each dam is a valuable source of water for villages within a 4-5 kilometer radius. They provide considerable relief during the heat wave that is currently sweeping the region, accompanied by blazing, drying winds and temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius. The check dams have been invaluable in preserving biodiversity as they act as watering holes for fauna including herds of cows, sheep, goats and camels, nilgai-the largest Asian antelope, foxes and jackals. A crocodile too temporarily sought shelter in one of these dams!

Thank you all for your invaluable contribution towards easing the pressure on groundwater in this arid region and bringing relief to almost fifty thousand people.

Please do take care and stay healthy.
With our best regards,

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 e-mail from Krishna testifies to this. 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, 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.

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. 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.

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. The board then decided to reserve the remaining cash for this purpose and to no longer take the initiative for the construction of new water dams. In doing so, the board realizes that account must be taken of increasing extremity in the weather conditions that may occur more often than before due to climate change. It is therefore advisable to maintain a financial buffer in case a break in one of the dams occurs again or damage is caused that cannot be repaired by the residents themselves.

Financial report 2018/2019

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.
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. The dam was assessed in 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.
Th 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.
Krishna once again conveyed the thanks of the residents who benefit from the water basins. The board is therefore happy to convey the warm thanks of these residents to you. Your donation has made possible the construction of the water dams, which has helped the local population in its primary need for life.
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 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

Finance 2019

  Income Expenditure
Balance January 1, 2019 22.001,58  
Donations Molly paiments 99,65  
Interest 0,00 0,00
Bank charges Mah. Ganesh Pal   131,36
Website subscription   58.08
Bank charges   99,81
Balance December 31, 2019   21.811,98
 • Payment obligation   11.500,00
 • Disposable   10.311,98
Total 22.101,23 22.101,23