There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
Crispino is well-known in development circles for his knowledge and achievements in the fields of natural resource management, participatory watershed development and integrated water resources management.
He was the Program Coordinator of the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme (IGWDP) from 1989 till 2001. In addition to co-founding WOTR in 1993, he has co-founded 3 other non-profits – Sampada Trust (ST), Sanjeevani Institute of Empowerment and Development (SIED) and the Sampada Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Foundation (SELF).
An alumnus of the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE), India, and the Kennedy School of Government (KSG), Harvard University, USA, Crispino has five academic degrees covering the fields of philosophy, theology, psychology, economics and public administration.