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.
Wankute is a dry, wind-blown village of the pathars of the Western Ghats that had very little access to water. Women trudged up and down the steep slopes to fetch whatever little water they could get. Wankute story of its people, partnerships and perseverance today has garnered it the JSW-TOI Earth Care Award. A story worth reading, indeed.