We are dedicated to training local people; from the technical knowledge for installation
of bio-gas units to the managerial skills required to market value-added local products.
This has led to the formation of two local organisations: Kumaon Artisans Guild and
Mahila Umang Samiti.
We have researched, identified and implemented a range of innovative technologies
across the inter-related issues of water, sanitation and renewable energy. We call
them appropriate technologies because these applications are not just low-cost, they’re
easy to maintain and equipped to face the challenges of mountain life.
We believe that water shortage, fuel- poverty, dwindling forest cover and loss of
livelihoods are all connected. Over the years, we have evolved an intervention strategy
which channels resources – managerial, technical and financial – directly to the
people and community associations working at the village/watershed level, which improves
the quality of life, here and now, as well as for future generations.
The Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation (Grassroots) was registered as
a voluntary organisation under the Societies Registration Act (1860) at the office
of the Registrar of Societies, Delhi in November 1992.
Our aim is to initiate people’s action for the restoration of languishing river basins
through holistic mountain development programs. Through our work we assist communities
achieve the Millennium Development Goals as well as mitigate and adapt to the pressures
of Climate Change.
At the heart of our approach is the belief that villagers have the desire, the right
and the capability to actively participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
By bringing the regions local groups together, we attempt to create a movement,
pressing competently for ecological restoration across the central and western Himalayas.
Self-help groups of women, viewed as the bedrock of change and development, are being
enabled to provide fresh vegetal cover and take appropriate measures to renew habitat-hydrology
in degraded drainage basins. Multi stakeholder platforms are being organized to facilitate
free flow of ideas regarding sustainable land use, role of appropriate technologies
and establishment of community owned enterprises.
We endeavour to document and share all of our work for the purpose of enhancing
the quality of future mountain development programme. Making information available
to government, policy makers, Nos and other stakeholders.