Youth for a Change

Grampari recently hosted a three-day youth leadership camp on our campus in Panchgani. Students came mostly from Pune and several small villages nearby. Among the many activities that occurred over the course of their three days, many youth commented on an early morning lesson on Nature. In today’s world of industrialization and technology it is…

Left Behind – A toilet story…

When I got the news that I was going to Abhepuri, a village in the western part of the Indian state of Maharashtra, for a sanitation project, I logged on to the Internet and checked out Abhepuri’s toilet stats. The Indian government runs a savvy website which has village-by-village statistics for the number of household…

Stoves!

Stoves are a big deal. Don’t just take my word for it, here’s some information put out by the World Health Organization: “Worldwide, more than three billion people depend on solid fuels, including biomass (wood, dung and agricultural residues) and coal, to meet their most basic energy needs: cooking, boiling water and heating. Opening the…

Marathi report on protection of spring boxes in Pachputewadi

सार्वजनिक वितरणाचे सरंक्षण पाचपुतेवाडी, तालुका:वाई, जिल्हा:सातारा, महाराष्ट्र, भारत रिपोर्ट : रेनी थोमस, भूगर्भशास्त्रज्ञ जारेड बोनो, पी.एच.डी, जळतज्ञ पार्श्वभूमी आणि परिचय :- अभेपुरी ग्रामपंचायत, तालुका: वाई, जिल्हा: सातारा मधील पाचपुतेवाडी ही चारशे लोकांची वस्ती असलेली वाडी आहे. परमपरेने शेती करणाऱ्या या वस्तीची सर्वात मोठी समस्या म्हणजे घरकामा साठी आवश्यक पाण्याची उणीव. या वाडीसाठी पाण्याचा उपलब्ध असलेला…

Have a look at the new sand dam – Taighat

The last update on the Taighat spring protection was on Dec 2011,  and finally this year it has come to completion.  Well now just waiting for the rains and humming my own version of “Rain Rain (don’t) go away!!” to fill in the tanks. Rain Rain please come again!! Don’t go down the drain but fill behind…

Tree basin to capture rain water

When trees are cut, grasses are burnt and overgrazed and essential nutrients washed away, the land gets degraded and important microbes die out which sustain the functioning of the ecosystem. Man is changing the landscape much more dramatically then what he had done before. Thus, humans must intervene and reverse this ecological damage through appropriate management techniques such as rainwater…

Revisiting the spring boxes of Pachputewadi

After the last spring box construction seven months ago at Pachputewadi, the villagers revisited some of the existing traditional spring boxes and renovated them to increase their water capacity and to prolong the supply of water until February and March. It was not just about extracting more water but also digging some contour trenches to…

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once”

A lot has happened on the watershed programme front in the last few months, from helping mobilize the villages of Taighat and Pachputewadi to facilitating a watershed and village mapping meeting with agricultural officers and residents of Abhepuri. We had the Block Development Officer of Mahabaleshwar area asking Grampari to host a planning meeting for…

In Pursuit of Vermicompost

Our ongoing quest to secure vermicompost for the Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG) at Grampari has started seeing results! A student in one of Grampari’s sewing classes, Aparna, invited us to her village, Rajapuri, to see her family’s vermicompost set-up. Five team members and the sewing class girls from Rajapuri hopped in the Bolero for an…