WOTR has been working in Odisha since 2012. Currently, WOTR is active in the coastal district of Ganjam and the district of Rayagada. In Ganjam we are active in 34 villages, and in Rayagada in 10 villages. In the past, through collaboration with partners WOTR has also supported NGO-implemented watershed projects in 118 villages of the Gajapati district covering an area of 25, 773 hectares, impacting over 29, 256 people.

Updates of 2017-2018

  • Horticulture plantation taken up on 35 acres
  • 669 kitchen gardens established, benefitting 2,669 people
  • 19 beneficiaries of goat farming and 19 beneficiaries of general stores
  • 78 toilets constructed in 12 villages
  • 1,535 students benefitted from drinking water projects
  • 171 solar street lights installed in 14 villages
  • 660 smokeless chulhas befitting over 2,500 people

Ongoing Projects

As of now, WOTR has 3 projects underway in Odisha. They are as follows:

  • The Holistic Rural Development Programme in Ganjam district.
  • Building Adaptive Capacities and Resilience to Climate Change of Tribal and Marginalized Communities in Odisha.
  • Watershed Management Programme.

Case Studies – 2017-2018

Many Govt. Schools, in Odisha, especially those in rural areas lack the basic facilities for water and sanitation in addition to their dilapidated structures. The Upper Primary School of Gamundi Village was no different. Located in Bausalundi Gram Panchayat under Bhanjanagar Block of Ganjam district, Odisha has over a 100 students enrolled but few would be present in the school. The school had no water or sanitation infrastructure; the toilets had no water supply, and the water supplied by the only tap in school was hard, turbid and unfit for consumption. Due to the unhygienic conditions of the school, many parents were reluctant to send their children to school and those who came to school were studying in sub-par conditions.

WOTR intervened in the area under the Holistic Rural Development Programme (HRDP) project supported by HDFC Bank Ltd. Under the Health, Water and Sanitation initiative, the school proposed a transformation plan to the Village Development Committee. The proposal was accepted and the school was provided assistance for setting up a school library, school furniture, toilet renovation, building a hand washing trough, drinking water stand and a regular water supply connection. The support provided also helped in the transformation of the school building with repairs and new paint. The materials for all the work were provided under the project funds and the community contributed through manual labour.

Students at the Upper Primary School of Gamundi village, Odisha.

The transformation created a very positive change among the students. The children now have access to clean and safe drinking water and the proper infrastructure has helped maintain a healthy and hygienic environment in the school. With the availability of necessary facilities, the children are coming to school regularly and attendance has improved considerably.



A new beginning

For Kamalakola Nayak, a woman in Luduludi village of Odisha, life became very difficult after her husband died. She was unable to make ends meet. But WOTR’s intervention in assisting her with a shop, helped her stand on her own feet and educate her children. She now earns 6-7,000 per month from the shop.




The story of Manjushree Nayak

Manjushree Nayak, a resident of Gamundi village in Ganjam, was in a precarious condition after her husband left her. WOTR however, assisted her with a sewing machine, thus helping her earn Rs. 7-8,000 per month from sewing and educate her kids, who had earlier dropped out of school.




World Toilet Day

In this short video, we take a look at the school students in different project villages of Odisha, taking out a rally on the importance of sanitation and hygiene. The rally was held on the occasion of World Toilet Day, on November 19, 2017




To know more on our work in Odisha, please contact sibaprasad.sahu@wotr.org.in and sandeep.jadhav@wotr.org.in.
Watershed Organisation Trust Odisha
At Jamapalli Square, Belaguntha Road
PO/PS Bhanjanagar,
District- Ganjam
PIN 761126
Phone: 06821-240910
Phone: 08763686142 / 9438179979
Email: odisha@wotr.org