WOTR started its operations in Rajasthan in 2008. Since then, we have covered 38 villages in the four districts of Barmer, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh and Udaipur. Currently, WOTR is working in 3 villages of Gogunda taluka in Udaipur district and 3 villages of Sapotara taluka in Karauli district.
Participatory Natural Resource Management along with Watershed Development in the tribal belt of south Rajasthan
Livelihood project in Karauli, Rajasthan
Ground report / Access to drinking water using alternate energy: A case in point
In Rajasthan, WOTR set up a solar drinking water system in the village of Modwa, in Udaipur district. Prior to this, the main source of water was an old well with crumbling walls and steps for drawing water. The steps were essentially small rocks protruding from well walls and slippery leading to many accidents over the years.
To bring relief and reduce the drudgery of women who gather around the well to draw water, WOTR decided to solve the problem in two phases. In the first phase, WOTR set up a fully-automatic solar-operated motor pump in 2016. This pump draws water from the well and stores it in an overhead tank. In the second phase, in 2017, a second such solar-operated motor pump was installed thus resolving the issue for good. Now, the water in the tank fills up during the day and is distributed through taps providing a safe and healthy source of drinking water for the women of Modwa without any risk of accidents to them or their children.
The solar-operated drinking water system in Modwa, Rajasthan. Photo: Isha Fuletra
77 ha of land under soil and water conservation works
15 minor structures built and drip irrigation being promoted
185 people benefitted from drinking water interventions
9,030 saplings planted as part of afforestation work
2,875 days of labour days generated
729 persons were provided training in areas such as making organic formulations, livestock management and livelihood activities like backyard poultry farming
PUBLICATIONS IN FOCUS
Alternate energy for pumping water
For decades, women in the village of Modwa, Rajasthan, struggled because of the lack of a nearby water source. They had to travel distances to fetch water from a rundown well, thus endangering their own lives. However, now, a solar-operated system has changed their lives for the better.
Watershed Development in India: Economic Valuations and Adaptation Considerations
This paper examines how economic valuation can improve our understanding of watershed development and how to overcome challenges related to data collection, valuing direct and indirect benefits, and climate change adaptation.
Mera Shadwal (My Oasis)
In the award-winning film, ‘Mera Shadwal’ (My Oasis), we showcase how WOTR’s interventions have made a difference to the lives of people in the villages of Rajasthan. Once poverty-stricken and struggling for water, now these villagers are experiencing an improved quality of life.