WOTRian of the month

Priyank Joshi

‘Though born in Ujjain, in Madhya Pradesh, I grew up in different towns of Rajasthan like Kota, Rawatbhata (near India’s first nuclear power plant) and the small town of Pratapgrarh. Growing up in a state where acute water scarcity was an ever present problem, it made me aware of the problems faced by the rural communities due to lack of water. This kindled in me, at a young age, the desire to do something later in my life for such communities.

Ajay Shelke

Ajay Shelke completed 19 years of service with WOTR in July 2018. He is currently Manager at WOTR’s Pune office. Read on to know his story and vision for the future, for himself and the organisation.

Dipak Zade

‘I did my graduation in Electronics in 2001 but somehow I felt that it was not what I wanted to pursue as a career. As I was exploring other options, one of my friends introduced me to Anthropology. It attracted me as it is more connected to human beings and the society we live in. After completing my Master degree in Anthropology in 2003, I worked with Pune and Mumbai based institutions.

Hyderabad RRC All-Women Team

“Though raised in a city, I always had a fascination for plants and natural habitat. So, I decided to do an MSc. in Agricultural Science. Since I was keen on working for natural resource management, WOTR’s areas of work seemed like a perfect match.” says Bhavana reflecting on her 10-year journey with WOTR. To this Jyothirmayee adds that, "Each of us has a different educational background- Development, Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Sciences.

Ananda Wani

Dr. Ananda Ganpat Wani was born in an agriculturalists family in 1950. He has made his entire career in agriculture, starting from 1972 and rose to become an HOD in the Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth Rahuri. He is currently an Agriculture Consultant with WOTR. Read to know his experiences and what he wishes for the future.

Prashant Kalaskar

‘I was born in 1973, in the town of Sangamner. I had a completely urban background and no connection to the village areas; despite this, I always had a desire somewhere to work for the betterment of the rural areas of India. After completing my diploma in civil engineering in 1996 I went to work in Mumbai in the construction industry. I did well there but the desire to do something in the rural areas never left me.

Rajesh Bairagi

“I was working as a guest teacher in Partala village in Madhya Pradesh (MP), when WOTR had started work there in 2009. Later, I was among the 11 students from MP who got selected for the 3rd batch of ‘ECO Course’ conducted by WOTR under its ‘The School for Sustainable Living and Livelihoods’ initiative. We got to learn about climate change, ecosystems, systems thinking and of course, watershed development (WSD). I think this course was the defining moment in my life.