Makaibari is traditionally drought prone.
Makaibari experiences a surfeit of rain during the monsoons, and water stress during january/march period. All the water reserves, unlike other estates is right at the bottom of the hill, 3000 feet (1000 metres) below. The drought is exacerbated by dry march winds that sweep up from the burning plains of Bengal during March and April. Our villagers have to trudge miles to the nearest source of water daily to meet their daily needs. It’s a tortuous time for all at Makaibari. The rainwater harvesting model has shown the miracles that are possible by the use of this simple indigenous technology. The only drawback to this is the high cost of storage and filtration for purifying the water. The roof provides the collection space, and the run off leads to a storage and purifying system that ensures that the stored water is of high quality when used a few months later. Plans are afoot to procure the necessary funds to ensure that all Makaibari villages have adequate water when most needed during droughts. This would be a veritable boon of a sustainability project for our villagers.