Audio Visuals in English

Vaijubabulgaon: A story of transformation

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(English, VCD, 41 mins)

Integrated watershed development brings with it a drastic transformation in the face of a village. It not only regenerates natural resources, it also brings alive the watershed community who have come together, often for the first time, to work unitedly for own development.

In VaijuBabulgaon (TalukaPathardi, District Ahmednagar), despite three consecutive years of severe drought, the village still had sufficient water for drinking and for their animals. This is their story in their own words telling of the process they went through, their understanding of the work and the transformation it brought about in their lives.

Enkindled Hope, Resurgent Spirits

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(English;VCD; 21 mins)

The successful implementation of a Watershed Development Program not only improves local water resources and agriculture activity but also improves social cohesion, helps the women’s sector, micro finance etc through the “watershed plus” activities. The self help groups of the women give them a space to come together, discuss their problems, hopes and work out ways ahead collectively.

For many of the women, the SHG gave them the opportunity to step out of their houses, experience the world outside their own villages and built up their self esteem and confidence. All these are the steps on the road to empowerment.

The Silent Unfolding

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(English, DVD, 20 mins)

In 1996, a weary, drought ravaged Darewadi, turned towards Watershed Development as a last resort. They had not much to lose, for they had lost nearly everything to the devastating drought which had an extended stay in that region.The Watershed Development project implemented by the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) Ahmednagar was completed by 2002. Since then Darewadi has never looked back. WOTR has a few hundred successful Darewadis in its ever growing portfolio of projects. Projects which aim at eradicating rural poverty by regenerating the environment and addressing developmental issues in rural areas in a professional, no-nonsense approach.

The Story of Painting

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(English, DVD, 14 mins)

The Story of Painting is a docu-drama has been filmed in Naralewadi (Dist. Jalna, Maharashtra) where WOTR has implemented Renewable Energy based technologies such as biogas plants, solar LEDs, etc. The intervention was made to stop traditional fuel consumption in the village (fuel wood, kerosene lamp, cow dung, etc.) which has been adversely affecting the health of the inhabitants and their ecosystem. The impact and the transformation following this project have been brought out in this film through Rama’s painting.

The Rain Trappers

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(English, DVD & VCD, 15 mins)

Watershed Organisation Trust, (WOTR), was established in 1993 in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The aim of WOTR is to support village communities in eradicating their poverty by regenerating their environment through watershed development. To achieve this objective, WOTR, together with its partners, seeks to mobilize the creative potential of the watershed dwellers making this a people’s movement. WOTR also assists NGOs and other VSHGs interested in watershed development by extending them support to build up their capacities.

Today WOTR has come a long way from its specialization – trapping Rainwater. WOTR has programs for children, women, non-conventional energy and micro-finance through Sampada Trust, its sister concern.

Tamkadwadi

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(English, VCD, 12 mins)

 

Tamkadwadi is a village which lies in the mountainous region in the Nasik district of Maharashtra. Initially this village was recognized as a drought prone area with huge water shortage. The villagers had to depend on tankers for drinking water for 4 to 5 months a year.The watershed development program has helped the villagers improve their financial condition. Availability of sufficient water in the wells, increase in the agriculture yield, formation of self help groups (SHGs) help deal with  their financial problems and the well fed fields personify peace and harmony in the village

Pangra

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(English, VCD, 18 mins)

Obstruct the soil and let water seep in was the slogan to revive the environment. Multiple cropping was now possible for the farmer due to the improvement in agriculture. There was an increase in well water level where water is now sufficient throughout the year. Farmers are using this water judiciously. Since labour is now available in the village villagers are not migrating to other villages for sugarcane cutting. School going children are not deprived of their education. The percentage of school attendance is now increased. Pangra village is now showing development in all aspects like health, education and cleanliness. Environment and next generation is getting a rejuvenating lift.

Kholvihir: A Green Transition

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(English, VCD, 27 mins)

Impact of Watershed work on Kholvihir village have been very heartening. Facts for year 2000 (pre-watershed) and 2006 (post-watershed) reveal some great facts: Water tables increased by 13 feet from surface. Farmers began to get two and sometimes three (irrigated) crops where earlier they used to get only one (rainfed) crop. Distress migration reduced drastically. Women’s SHGs addressing small needs oust thriving money-lenders. Dramatic inrease in school attendance by children. Potable tap water in each house.

Khadkipada: A tale of development; an account of transformation

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(English, VCD, 24 mins)

This is the story of a village, Khadkipada, and its the journey from darkness towards the light.

Distress migration, indebtedness to money-lenders, ill health and illiteracy was a way of life. All seemed hopeless! The scenario changes with a self help effort facilitated by WOTR Caring for the land that they once exploited suddenly brings in the returns. The well water level rises, land becomes more productive, horticulture is introduced and there is a reason to stop the migration. Women too find a space to come together meaningfully. Now they see a ray of hope!

Water Gives Life

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(English, VCD, 23 mins)

Water gives Life is an attempt to understand the importance of natural resource management through Watershed Development for creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for poverty alleviation.

This film focuses on the importance of community participation in resource conservation and management, since it is the concerned community, which is in constant interaction with their environment. The ownership of the project by these stakeholders is a precondition for its success and sustainability. The film also looks into the principles of the watershed management and its impacts.

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