India's Water Mother 建水壩抗旱的印度水之母

 

精英翻譯社轉自https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0062/329535/web/

 

Amla Ruia is responsible for providing water to over 300 of India's driest villages.

阿姆拉‧盧宜雅負責供水給三百多個印度最乾旱的村子。

 

   Each year, over 300 million people in India have problems getting enough water. Without water, people can't grow crops or raise animals. In some cases, people are even dying of thirst. Thanks to the hard work and contributions of Amla Ruia, over 300 villages in Rajasthan, one of India's driest regions, have access to fresh water.

   每年印度有三億多人遭遇獲取足量用水的問題。沒了水,人們就無法種植作物或飼養動物。在某些案例中,有人甚至渴死。多虧了阿姆拉‧盧宜雅的努力及奉獻,印度最乾旱地區之一的拉賈斯坦邦裡的三百多個村子有乾淨的水可以用了。

 

   Ruia is using a technique called check dams to help these villages, which are often poor and have little money for big projects. Luckily, check dams are very easy to build. Low spots in the landscape are used, and simple walls are built to catch and hold more rainwater naturally. Check dams are actually a very old technology and have been used in the region since ancient times.

   盧宜雅用一種稱作「節約水壩」的技術來幫助這些村子,它們通常都很貧窮且沒什麼錢做大工程。幸運的是,節約水壩很容易建造。鄉間的低處被利用並蓋上簡易的牆來自然地儲存更多的雨水。節約水壩其實是一項很古老的技術,而且從古時候在當地就被運用了。

 

   Amla Ruia and her charity group called Aakar Charitable Trust have been working with communities to build these dams for the past 10 years. Now that she's 71 years old, she has taken more of a role in the planning. But despite her age, Ruia shows no sign of slowing down. She continues her mission of helping India's thirsty farmers collect and store the water they need to survive the dry climate of Rajasthan.

   阿姆拉‧盧宜雅和她名為阿卡爾慈善信託的慈善團體在過去十年來和許多團體合作建造了這些水壩。而今她七十一歲了,她大多擔任籌劃的角色。儘管盧宜雅年事已高,但是她卻沒有顯露出放慢腳步的跡象。她持續著協助印度缺水農夫的任務,幫忙他們收集與儲存他們需要的用水來撐過拉賈斯坦邦乾旱的氣候。

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