Environmental degradation has led to a significant decline in the quality of life
for mountain communities. The Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation(Grassroots),
a non-profit voluntary organization, works in the central and western Himalayan states
of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh to promote sustainable, self-reliant development
at the village level. The emphasis is on self-help participation working across
the integrated issues of water & sanitation, renewable energy, community forestry,
sustainable agriculture and enterprise development.
Chronic water shortages in most river basins in the Himalaya has prompted us to introduce
an appropriate technology application in the form of an Infiltration Well. This enables
the drawing of enhanced quantities of clean and safe drinking water. We also encourage
communities to install toilets for improved sanitation.
We have been able to demonstrate the viability of an alternate renewable energy option
through installation of household level biogas units, which provides clean smokeless
cooking gas and thereby impacts on the family health, besides reducing the biotic
pressure on forest resources.
The ratio of forest to agricultural land is insufficient to sustain fragile mountain
eco-systems. We’re working with villages to help restore their community forests
through a network of village nurseries raising and planting native species of shrubs
Food security for small farmers is at record lows. We are supporting farming families
to develop their own micro-enterprises. Increasing the market value of their products
through processing and marketing, while ensuring they retain full ownership across
the supply chain.