Run for Water event in California promotes river rejuvenation projects in India

Suvidha International Foundation, a California registered non-profit, successfully organized a Run for Water event with 5K and 10K walk/run on July 16, 2022 in Fremont to promote river rejuvenation water projects in India.

Suvidha International Foundation partnered with Art of Living Foundation (AOLF), Overseas Volunteers for a Better India (OVBI) and Silicon Valley Global Impact Rotary Club for organizing this event. Over 200 participants with different ethnicities from the Silicon Valley have participated in the event and had great fun walking or running 5K and 10K. 

Suvidha’s representative, Bhaskar Vempati started the run at 7:30 am with over 200 participants.  

The details of AOLF and OVBI’s river rejuvenation water projects are available at and

The Silicon Valley Global Impact Rotary Club President, Mrs. Dolly Parikh said that both the world and India are facing worst water crisis for four decades and 54% of the Indian sub-continent has turned into a water-stressed dust bowl with many rivers rapidly drying up. According to experts, India will be facing an acute water crisis by 2025 if no preventive measures are taken today. To mitigate the water crisis, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has inspired the Art of Living community to revive lost rivers in various parts of India and other water bodies such as ponds, wells, canals and temple tanks. The River Rejuvenation Project, which started in 2013 with the aim to provide a long-term and lasting solution, has revived 33 dying rivers in four states (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala), benefitting over 3,000 villages to date. 

Vempati said that Suvidha International, OVBI and AOLF plan to raise a cumulative million dollars (~ 3% of project funds) over a three year period: 2022-2025 to help five million farmer families with comprehensive river rejuvenation water, organic farming and tree plantation projects in the six districts of the Andhra Pradesh including Anantapur, Kadapa, Chittooru, Kurnool, Prakasam and Srikakulam. These districts have 500 plus villages. Any individual and group of volunteers can adopt a village for $2,500 to implement a water project. Suvidha International welcomes all to contribute to a water project by visiting their site: 

Many participants and supporters of the 5K Walk and 10K Run appreciated the event and requested Suvidha International to organize several similar events in the Silicon Valley in the future to support the cause.

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