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.
Kholvihir: A Green Transition
(English, VCD, 27 mins)
Impact of Watershed work on Kholvihir village have been very heartening. Facts for year 2000 (pre-watershed) and 2006 (post-watershed) reveal some great facts: Water tables increased by 13 feet from surface. Farmers began to get two and sometimes three (irrigated) crops where earlier they used to get only one (rainfed) crop. Distress migration reduced drastically. Women’s SHGs addressing small needs oust thriving money-lenders. Dramatic inrease in school attendance by children. Potable tap water in each house.