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Wasundhara means “caring earth,” and for WOTR it also means WOTR Attentive to Social Unity for Nature, Development and Humanity in Rural Areas. Wasundhara represents a paradigm shift, putting the responsibility for development in the hands of not only NGOs and agencies but of the villagers themselves.

WOTR’s new Wasundhara Approach combines WOTR’s proven technology of watershed development with its policies of socio-economic empowerment; it supplements watershed development by helping women and the poor start businesses and exercise their political voices.

The Wasundhara Approach adopted in 2005 has been implemented in over 200 villages, with far-reaching and self-sustaining impacts. It creates a development partnership between NGO and villagers based on regeneration of the resource base, transparency, equitable distribution of benefits, and gender equality – all components of eradicating poverty. Each village program is tailored to that particular locale’s quality and quantity of natural and human resources.


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