WOTR as a Knowledge Partner for ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup’

Watershed Organisation Trusts (WOTR) acts as knowledge partner for “Satyamev Jayate Water Cup Competition” being organised by Paani Foundation founded by Mr. Aamir Khan and others.

The objective of Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is to create a people’s movement in Maharashtra which is the first step in a longer journey to make every village in the state drought free. Paani Foundation is aiming to create large scale alliance of civil society and government in tackling the scourge of drought. It plans to work in association with the Government of Maharashtra.

To begin with, first water cup competition is being held in three selected blocks from three different regions of the Maharashtra state.

Region

District

Block

Vidarbha

Amravati

Varud

Marathwada

Beed

Ambejogai

Western Maharashtra

Satara

Koregaon

 

For the first SMJ-Water Cup, WOTR is providing following services as a Knowledge Partner:

·         WOTR is involved in designing and providing technical and leadership training for the villagers who are contesting in the competition.

·         WOTR’s engineers are providing on-site technical support in planning and execution of the soil and water conservation measures to the contesting villages during the contest period.

·         WOTR is also involved in designing the assessment parameters and process as well as will be one of the members of the panel of judges (Jury) to finally decide the winners of the contest.

Design and Execution of Technical Trainings for the Participating Villages

A 3.5 day training module is designed for participating villages. The training topics included are:

·         Exposure to developed watershed villages

·         Water health chart of villages with reality check on runoff potential

·         Demonstrative model of pre and post watershed scenario

·         Leadership roles

·         Practical understanding of CCT marking and digging and its potential to harvest runoff

·         Importance of shramdan

·         Role plays

·         Technical structures (treatments) in watershed

·         Water budget of a village through several insightful games.

WOTR played a crucial role in defining objectives and detailed content of each session and also validating the expected outcomes of each session. The sequencing of the sessions to achieve better outcomes and scripting of the technical films were supported by WOTR personnel.

Long time beliefs of WOTR as reflected in its works during the past 23 years and expressed in the words of its Co-founder, Fr. H. Bacher have been taken as main messages of the trainings. These include:

1.       माती अडवा, पाणी जिरवा

2.       दुष्काळाला पाणलोटाशिवाय पर्याय नाही

3.       Watershed development needs “Socio-Technical” interventions

4.       Ridge to Valley principle for watershed execution caters to both social as well as technical needs.

5.       Treatment laid out on Contour Line is very important in the watershed implementation

6.       “If not here, where? If not now, when? If not I, who?”  This line was the cross-cutting theme of the training module.

The methods of the training include self-study and practice, observation, demonstrations, audio-visuals, games, role plays, lectures, interviews, group discussions with plenary, etc.

Each participating village sent about 5 key representatives selected through Gramsabha that included at least two women and two youth. The trainings were held in the developed watershed villages identified by Paani Foundation. These were Hiware Bazar from Ahmednagar district hosting the Varud block villagers, Nalwadewadi hosting villagers from Koregaon block and Hiware hosting villagers from Beed and Koregaon blocks.

The block wise trainings held at different centers are summarised below:               

Block

No. of villages participated

No. of Trainings

No. of Participants

Varud

53

7

258

Ambejogai

46

5

196

Koregaon

38

7

203

TOTAL

137

19

657

On-Site Technical Support

It is expected that the Gram Panchayats will mobilize funds from various sources including Government schemes and Individuals. The execution of the structures would be done as per the specified norms of the donor agencies. Hence the technical support will be sought from these agencies as well. In case of the works being done through local funds collected from private sources, WOTR is providing the technical on-site handholding as and when demanded by the Gram Panchayat.

Evaluation of the Works undertaken by the Villages

WOTR was involved in the designing of the evaluation process, indicators and ratings. Some of the crucial contributions made by WOTR in the design are as follows:

1.       Evaluation based (scoring) on soil and water storage potential created per unit of the total geographical area of the village so as to avoid undue advantage to the villages with bigger population/area.

2.       Peer Assessment of the works by supervisors from one village to other village is based on the Peer Group Assessment that WOTR has been using to bring out the best of the best watershed.

3.       The simplified scheme of calculating the silt and water storage potential of each treatment which is the basis of the scoring marks is designed by WOTR.

4.       The detailed indicators of water budgeting, participation and other qualitative indicators are based on Qualitative Assessment Matrix (QAM) process that was developed by WOTR.

5.       The planning format being used by GPs to prepare the plan for the period of competition is ground tested and simplified.