WOTR has been working in Odisha since 2012. Currently, we are active in the coastal district of Ganjam and the district of Rayagada. In Ganjam, we are active in 34 villages, and in Rayagada we have a presence in 10 villages. In the past, through collaboration with various partners, WOTR has supported NGO-implemented watershed projects in 118 villages of Gajapati district, covering an area of 25,773 hectares, impacting over 29,256 people.
Holistic Rural Development Programme in Ganjam district
Building Adaptive Capacities and Resilience to Climate Change of tribal and marginalised communities in Odisha
Watershed Management Programme
Ground report / Now, in Odisha, schoolchildren have access to clean water
Many government schools in Odisha, especially those in rural areas, lack basic facilities such as access to water and sanitation, in addition to dilapidated structures. The Upper Primary School in Gamundi village was no different. Located in the Bausalundi Gram Panchayat under Bhanjanagar block of Ganjam district, the school has 100-odd students enrolled, but few would be present regularly for classes.
The school had no water or sanitation infrastructure, toilets had no water supply, and the water supplied by the only tap in the school was hard and unfit for consumption. Due to the unhygienic conditions, many parents were reluctant to send their children to the school and those who came to the school were attending lessons in sub-par conditions.
WOTR intervened in the area under the Holistic Rural Development Programme (HRDP) 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 library and toilet, sourcing furniture, undertaking renovation, building a hand-washing trough, drinking water stand along with a regular water supply connection.
The support also helped in the transformation of the school building with repairs and a new coat of paint. The materials for the works were provided under the project fund. The local community contributed through manual labour as well.
The transformation created a positive change for the students. The children now have access to clean and safe drinking water. Proper infrastructure has helped maintain a healthy and hygienic environment in the school. With the availability of necessary facilities, the children are now coming to the school regularly and attendance has improved considerably.
Horticulture plantation taken up on 35 acres
669 kitchen gardens established benefitting over 2,600 people
19 beneficiaries of goat farming and 19 beneficiaries of general stores/kiranas
78 toilets constructed in 12 villages to improve sanitation
1,535 students benefitted from drinking water projects in 6 schools
171 solar streetlights installed in 14 villages
660 smokeless chullahs distributed
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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 Rs 6,000 – 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 by providing her a sewing machine, helping her earn Rs 7,000-8,000 per month from sewing. Now, she is able to educate her children, who had earlier dropped out of school.
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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.