Situation up to and including February 2022

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.
Damage to the dams was repaired by the local people themselves as far as possible. The breached large dam required the most attention. Its repair was more challenging due to the extent of the damage. Cause of the breach can be attributed to three reasons:

  • The very abundant monsoon in 2017 (the heaviest in the previous thirty years),
  • The upstream breach of other government-created dams, which increased the water pressure on the dam wall exceptionally,
  • the consequently too small overflow reservoir (the open space next to the dam that should reduce the pressure on the dam wall during high water).

To prevent a breakthrough in the future, the dam was raised by about 6 feet (2 meters) in 2017/2018 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. So much for the situation until 2019. In that year, it appeared that the large dam was again damaged by an abundant monsoon.

Already in the course of 2017 it became clear that there is no longer a need for the construction of new dams in the region in which the Karauli Foundation is active. However, there is a need for a reserve amount for possible repairs to the existing dams that have already been realized. The Board has therefore decided to reserve the remaining liquidity for that purpose and not to take any more initiatives for the construction of new water dams. In doing so, the Board realizes that account must be taken of the increasing extremity of the weather conditions, which may occur more frequently than before due to climate change. It is therefore advisable to maintain a financial buffer in case one of the dams breaks down again or damage occurs that cannot be repaired by the residents themselves.

Krishna has again had the renewed damage to the big dam mapped out and came to the conclusion that although the damage is less extensive than as a result of the first breach, the costs for renovation and improvement are almost equal to those of the original construction costs of the dam. In doing so, Krishna expressed to the board his hope that this time the government of India would be willing to bear the cost of repairing the renewed breach. This shows the importance the government attaches to the repair of the large dam, but it is also reason for the Board to be cautious with the compensation of the new damage and first wait for the willingness of the government to compensate before considering a financial contribution from the Netherlands. This also means that caution is exercised regarding large expenditures now that the Karauli Foundation's credit balance is still only modest. See the annual figures 2020/2021 for this. Krishna did indicate that the decision making of the government will again take some time.

Financial report 2020/2021

An inventory of the costs for repairing the breached dam in 2018 showed that this involved an amount of approximately €11,500. This includes expenditures for improving the dam, such as widening and raising it to prevent a repeat breach. The repair of the breached dam was undertaken by a contractor who pre-financed the repair costs in consultation with Krishna. The repair costs were financially audited by an accountant in India and confirmed by an audit certificate.

After repeated attempts to pay the contractor for the repairs, it turned out that the license granted to the Karauli Foundation by the Indian government for the provision of financial resources in India for a period of five years had expired. As a result, a new license had to be applied for. Although Krishna took immediate action to comply with the permit requirement as soon as possible, it turned out that obtaining this permit in India required a lot of time and effort. Only in the course of 2021 the amount for the repair could be transferred from the Netherlands. For payment of the repair of the dam, an amount of € 11,500 was still included as a PM item in the annual figures for 2019 and 2020. This item has been cancelled due to the payment in the annual figures of 2021.

Krishna has repeatedly conveyed the great thanks of the residents who benefit from the water basins. Your donation has made possible the construction of the water dams which has greatly helped the locals in their primary need of life, water. In turn, the Board is pleased to convey to you the warm thanks of these residents.

Finance 2020

  Income Expenditure
Balance January 1, 2020 21.811,98  
Donations 640,00  
Interest -  
Transfer Mah. Ganesh Pal 119,94  
Website subscription   78,65
Bank charges   59,81
Balance December 31, 2020   22.433,46
 • Payment obligation   11.500,00
 • Disposable 2021   10.933,46
Total 22.571,92 22.571,92

Finance 2021

  Income Expenditure
Balance January 1, 2021 22.433,46  
Donations -  
Interest -  
Transfer Mah. Ganesh Pal   9.875,98
Website subscription   78,65
Bank charges   136,07
Balance December 31, 2021   12.342,76
 • Payment obligation   -
 • Disposable   12.342,76
Total 22.433,46 22.433,46