Umesh Uike speaks on impacts of Watershed Development in his village.
Water is sometimes sharp and sometimes strong, sometimes acid and sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet and sometimes thick or thin, sometimes it is seen bringing hurt or pestilence, sometime health-giving, sometimes poisonous. It suffers change into as many natures as are the different places through which it passes. Sometimes it starts a conflagration, sometimes it extinguishes one; is warm and is cold, carries away or sets down, hollows out or builds up, tears or establishes, fills or empties, raises itself or burrows down, speeds or is still; is the cause at times of life or death, or increase or privation, nourishes at times and at others does the contrary; sometimes submerging the valleys with great floods. In time and with water, everything changes...
WATERSHED ORGANISATION TRUST (WOTR)
WOTR is one of the premier NGOs tackling water scarcity, rural poverty, and food insecurity in the drylands of India today. Our participatory approach achieves holistic sustainability and the full engagement of each village we work and links ecological rejuvenation with socio-economic programmes.
WOTR has worked in 1,450 villages in 31 districts of the five states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhan. In its 18 years it has organized over 1,000 watershed development projects, covering over 600,000 hectares and impacting 821,000 people.