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Average rainfall in the Thar Desert region of Rajasthan, India, can be as little as two inches a year. Having access to water in the area determines the difference between getting an education and living a life that revolves around spending the majority of the day walking to get water. A local NGO has teamed up with villagers to build wells and provide the local population with clean, safe drinking water. This has given many young people the freedom to learn and grow.
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Produced by Ann Feldman and Artistic Circles.

Originally featured in the ViewChange Online Film Contest.

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Segment 1

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Water Pressures
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Deja Bi: 98 years. Water is her story. Saltwater. Since 12 years old, Deja Bi has walked nearly 6 hrs a day to fetch water. Neither Deja Bi, her children, nor grandchildren attended school. Water and work have always been priorities. Water they DO have access to is salty and causes illness.
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Manju: 18 years. Manju also fetches water. Sweet - fresh water. Manju's well is 50 feet from her home. It is covered and clean. Water is just the beginning of her story.
KANUPRIYA HARISH [Executive Director, Jal Bhagirathi Foundation]
Manju is one of our community producers. From about fifteen, twenty girls she was interviewed, she was selected.
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The Jal Bhagirathi Foundation provided the wells for Manju's village and school
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They also provide media training for Manju and other students interested in telling community stories
KANUPRIYA HARISH
She was a very, very shy girl. I mean the Manju that you see now is someone who’s developed over six months.
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Only 20 minutes separate these two women
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But 80 years and a world of opportunity stand between them
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Saltwater
DEJA BI
My stomach hurts from the saltwater. I get diarrhea. I can't drink it. I don't have time here. This is the time of dying. So, I shift to the graveyard - to the grave.
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Sweetwater
KANUPRIYA HARISH
She's a different girl. She was a different girl when she had come her, but now she's very different, very confident.
MANJU
I especially enjoy roaming the villages, talking to villagers. Whatever main issue the villagers speak of, that is what we make our film about. Mostly they speak about water problems. But things ARE improving greatly.
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The difference is water.