One Million Rural Cisterns
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Since 2002, the P1MC’s aim has been to build one million cisterns to collect rain water to provide a sustainable means of overcoming water shortages in semi-arid rural areas. The Brazilian semi-arid region is one of the most populous regions of the world, in which 36 million people have little access to potable water. P1MC´s innovation lies in the combination of collecting rain water and making it available to communities in rural areas through strong family, communal and civil society engagement. Jointly with the rural communities, P1MC has established a training process aiming to involve one million families in the construction of cisterns to collect rain water.
Association One Million Cistern Program to the Semiarid Region (AP1MC) is the central managing unit.
Micro-regional Managing Units (UGM), an NGO, mobilises, registers, selects and trains the rural families in building cisterns and working with the communities to ensure water supply.
The Ministry of Social Development, Food Security and Nutrition (MDS) finances P1MC´s activities with public resources from the Zero Hunger Program.