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A campaign tries to make watershed development work a citizens movement.

An inspiration called Kumbharwadi in the rain-shadow region of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra is one of the many successful stories of water stressed villages that were transformed by Paani Ka Teeka’s knowledge partner – Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), a Pune based non-profit.

Kumbharwadi in 1998 - A bleak scenario

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This is the story of the journey of a tribal village, from darkness towards the light. Distress migration, indebtedness to money-lenders, ill health and illiteracy was a way of life.

 

 

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This case study by WOTR deals with the changes that watershed development brings into lives of people, represented through model villages, one of them being Purushwadi, Maharashtra

To develop a watershed means, conventionally, to treat this whole area in such a way so as to conserve and nurture the natural resources of the area. These natural resources chiefly include the soil and water. Therefore, under these projects, earthen, boulder or vegetative structures are erected across gullies and along contour lines, and areas are earmarked for particular land use based on their land capability classification, so as to be able to ward off soil run-off, to enhance soil moisture and to recharge and enrich underground water reservoirs.

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