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 Lobo, Co-founder and Managing Trustee of Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and Sandip Jadhav, Director, were felicitated by Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 12 August 2018 at ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2018 Award Ceremony’ in Pune. They received the honor on behalf of WOTR.
Also present on this occasion were Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, founders of Paani Foundation. WOTR has been associated with Satyamev Jayate Water Cup as a ‘knowledge partner’ since the inception of water cup in 2016. In the third edition of ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2018’, 4,025 villages from 75 talukas in 24 districts of Maharashtra participated in the competition. More than 20,000 people in these villages were trained to make their village water sufficient.
The Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is an annual competition organised by Paani Foundation in which villages compete to do the best work in rainwater harvesting and watershed management. Every year Paani Foundation invites all villages from selected talukas to participate in the six-week long competition.
‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup Award 2018’ was awarded to following villages — Takewadi (Man-Satara), Bhandavali (Man-Satara), Sindkhed (Motala-Buldana), Umatha (Narkhed-Nagpur) and Anandwadi (Ashti-Beed).