“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

It’s the power of action. It’s the power of one; that one man’s action that makes the difference. Here we go with one such inspirational story of a man who stood there, believed in himself, bowed down to the mother earth and moved forward to rewrite the history of his village.

Work In Progress
Work In Progress

It’s a story of small village name as Bichukale, of Satara district in Maharashtra, in the Koregaon Taluk. Till year 2013, it was a dry place, where no villagers wanted to stay & work. They were unable to grow crops due lack of water. If you go now and see, you would see a tremendous change has happen during these last years. Today this village has abundant water, villagers are happy, and they have stopped shifting to cities to earn money.

One busy medical practitioner, practicing at Navi Mumbai, spent his childhood at Bichukale & experienced the painful life of that village. He was enjoying his life in city with all the essential amenities but he never forgot his village & childhood days. He was always thinking giving back to his village. He knew that main culprit of progress of his village is lack of water.

One fine day, he received information about Dr. Avinash Pol, a practicing dentist.  Dr. Pol is well known for his work with water.  He is also famous as a “Pani Ka Doctor”.  Dr. Suresh Pawar called Dr. Pol & narrated the pathetic condition of his village. Dr. Pol was very enthusiastic to help this village.

Let There Be Water & Lo! It Is...
Let There Be Water & Lo! It Is…

Immediately they planned to visit Bichukale. Dr. Pol studied the conditions in the village. He told Dr. Pawar that this village is at base of a hill and we must take benefit of this. He advised him to build trenches and canals at the base of that mountain, so that rain water coming from mountain will get accumulated in these trenches and through the canals, the village wells can be filled with water. So, with help of villagers Dr. Suresh Pawar, his brother Sambhaji Pawar & his team started working on this project with the guidance of Dr. Pol.

In spite of his busy practice, Dr. Pawar spent his Fridays on this work. He requested his villagers to participate in this work, but there was poor response from villagers.

Looking at Dr. Suresh Pawar’s sincere efforts, few donors have donated some monies for this project. Without the help of government Dr. Suresh Pawar & his team have been able to build very effective trench & canal rainwater harvest system at the foothill. Local commissioner & the MLA appreciated their work.

Next time, when any of you who’s reading this news post today, encounter a situation which you feel as insurmountable, remember that one man is enough and that one man is, you.

You may contact Dr. Avinash Pol & Dr. Suresh Pawar on their email addresses respectively for more details about the project and in case you want to encourage such projects, you can mail them your interest in doing so. Email ID: [email protected] & [email protected]
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