Training & Capacity Building
RDI has used lively, participatory methods to train various levels – grass root workers, supervisor level, managerial and professionals. As technical agency various primary as well as secondary stakeholders’ capacities are enhanced. The training package offered ranges from one day orientation to 5 days’ training.

Experience of Hommothan Project (WATSAN Intervention) in Himalayas through Community Management Approach

Title Experience of Hommothan Project (WATSAN Intervention) in Himalayas through Community Management Approach
Area Water & Sanitation
Author Mr. Nitesh Kaushik, Ms. B. Maithili, Mr. Vishnu Sharan
Date 2014
Description To study the sustainable health &hygieme benefits through suitable WATSAN solution
  • SWAJAL (1998-2002)
  • Sector Reform Project (2002-2005)
  • HimmothanPariyojna – Phase I (2002-2005)
  • Total Sanitation Campaign (2005-2007)
  • HimmothanPariyojna – Phase II (2006-2010)
  • HimmothanPariyojna – Phase III (2011- ongoing)
  • Sector Wise Approach Program (SWAP) Batch III – (July 2011- on going)
  • Uttarakhand Urban Sector Development Investment Program – (UUSDIP) (2011- 2013)
  • Solar Pumping Scheme – (2013)


A Panyari (A Water Carrier)

The country which boasts of having great rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, filled with water throughout the year, and many other water resources in excess, yet we have villages where a women keeps carrying water for the whole life.


Behavior change communication (BCC) has always been an essential component of all the Programs of RDI. Since most of activities of RDI has been carried out in the rural areas therefore to involve people at village level & also to deliver health, education & developmental messages effectively various BCC techniques, material & activities were tested & tried out at field level successfully and activities were organized accordingly.

Some of materials used are Audio and Video methods, training kits, modules, posters, flip chart, illustrative & game accessories, and participative flash cards etc.

RDI’s CVU is aiming to bring about the qualitative change in the life of people through informing, inspiring & encouraging people’s involvement & action for the realization of the developmental priorities and needs of their areas. CVU is a local production unit which produces and screens their monthly Video Magazines, focused on critical community issues, as an effective approach allowing communities to increase community’s awareness.

Since its inception, CVU has made a significant progress in terms of identifying community issues & problems and exploring new insights on such issues. Following this process it produced more than 125 films including 90 documentary films, promotional & educational films on health, livelihood & education & also social advertisement on eye donation, blood donation, family planning, epilepsy & cancer related awareness. These films conveyed the message such as to motivate people to bring about positive changes in their life. Women, youth & adolescents have always been in the nucleus of films produced by CVU. So far various films have been screened off in several villages of mountains with an annual coverage of approx. 50,000 people.

Water & Sanitation

While the Garhwal region is known for its abundant rivers and streams, many villages still struggle to find access to safe drinking water. In addition, a lack of sanitary facilities in the villages can lead to preventable diseases. Drawing on the community members as their greatest resource, RDI has developed programs that address issues of local sanitation and sustainability through community involvement and empowerment.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide potable water
  • Increase sanitation coverage
  • Improve Health & Hygiene awareness
  • Enhanced access to information and knowledge and capacity building,
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Improvement in quality of life
  • Substantial reduction of Water borne diseases.

In the two decades over 150 villages have been provided a composite water and sanitation scheme; supported by national and international with corporate bodies.

 DSCN2150A pilot project using solar pumping technology has been envisaged to provide safe drinking water to rural communities of village Chureddhar, Tehri Garhwal. Sir Ratan Tata Trust and First Solar along with Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust under Himmothan Pariyojana Phase III have collaborated on this pilot project.