We strive to network closely with voluntary organizations, government departments
and corporates with the idea of encouraging participation in multi stakeholder platforms
and thereby accelerate change and development at the grassroots. Building capacities
of community organizations, self-help groups, voluntary organizations and other change
makers is a very important part of our agenda. Grassroots believes that Everyone
is a Change Maker!!
Through our ‘Partners-in-Change’ initiative we are working with a range of organisations,
across the region, building a coalition to:
share best practice & key learnings through study tours, training and workshops with
the aim of effective technology-transfer with the aim of spreading the benefits of
appropriate technologies through demonstration as well as training of barefoot engineers
define holistic mountain development and the role of the voluntary sector
initiate dialogues between specialists and concerned citizens on issues and potential
solutions to the problems of climate change and natural resources management in the
We are working as a resource organisation in partnership with Jal Sangsthan, Government
of Uttarakhand to spread the benefits of Infiltration Wells as an appropriate technology
for Community Managed Drinking Water Systems to several hundred problem-villages.
We have been recognised as the turnkey agency for spread of bio gas units as a
renewable energy option in both Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh which reduces the
dependence on fossil fuels.
We are working in partnership with Senior Secondary Schools and Inter Colleges to
demonstrate the feasibility of harvesting roof runoff rainwater and utilising the
stored rainwater for improving environmental sanitation within the school campus.
This benefits thousands of adolescent school students and teachers, especially girls
and women. We hope this would encourage similar initiatives in the neighbourhood.
We are working with Partner-NGOs to transfer the spread of appropriate technologies
through our Barefoot Engineers Guild. This partnership has resulted in delivering
hundreds of bio-gas units, sanitation units, rainwater harvesting and community drinking
water systems across the Himalaya. The next step is to enable our partners to plan
and implement efforts over wider areas to accelerate MDGs.