We initiated the Pidyadhar Micro Watershed Development Plan in 2004 as a community driven programme to improve the quality of life for villagers living within the catchment of the Palor River in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The river basin is home to 814 people living in 136 households across the villages of Pidyadhar, Bhajond, Bhatan, Devar and Girari.
The plan consists of four main programmes outlined below which have already delivered tangible results. However, one of the most significant achievements is the increased community awareness on environment, sanitation, renewable energy and management of natural resources. In addition, the formation of Village Development Committees, and Self Help Groups has meant that this Watershed plan is being run by the people at their own initiative and capacity. They’ve successfully proved that positive change is possible, if people are willing to work together at the community level.