Reviving Ramanathapuram: How Nimal Raghavan is Changing the Water Narrative in Tamil Nadu

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Discover how Nimal Raghavan and Mega Foundations are revitalizing Ramanathapuram's waterbodies.

In Tamil Nadu, Nimal Raghavan and his NGO, Mega Foundations, are on a mission to revive six waterbodies in Ramanathapuram district. This project is crucial for the local communities who struggle with water scarcity.

The plan is to restore lakes like Mangalanathan Kanmai and Kenikkarai. Each lake needs different work, like removing silt and planting trees. For example, Kenikkarai lake needs ₹15 lakh to be cleaned and filled with 12 crore litres of water. This could help 4,000 farmers.

Funding is a big challenge. The team started a fundraiser on Milaap.org, and although over 40 people have donated, more money is needed. The project’s costs include things like hiring excavators and paying for labor and materials.

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Raghavan, who once worked as a software engineer in Dubai, was inspired to help his village after the Gaja cyclone in 2018. His dedication now focuses on improving water management in Tamil Nadu.

The impact of this work is huge. Better water supply means kids can go to school, farms can grow crops, and people stay healthy. The project has some support, like an excavator donated by the Nanban Foundation and Mothers for Mother Nature, USA. But more help is needed.

Raghavan believes in this tough but achievable goal. This effort is not just about water – it’s about bringing a positive change to people’s lives and the environment. The success of this project in Tamil Nadu could inspire similar actions in other places facing water issues.

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