Human Resource is one of the essential pillars of growth. And hence, it is necessary to evolve its strength through developmental initiatives. In our case, when it comes to Wardha, managing the existing human resources is just as important as conserving the natural resources, to improve the overall quality of life. It can be achieved by incorporating economically uplifting activities and unleashing the hidden potential of Wardha’s human capital.
The Bajaj Foundation recognizes the value of traditional knowledge, practices and supports the community by building their capacity to understand science and technology and improve their financial and management skills while retaining their basic human values. The Bajaj Foundation aims to enable the community to become self-reliant in its pursuit of improving the quality of life.
As the Foundation started its intervention in 2009-10, it realized that the river systems, which had long been the lifeline of agrarian society, were no longer so. These river systems had for long helped the farming community to irrigate crops apart from playing a larger role in recharging the shallow groundwater aquifers. Before the advent of pumping devices, these river systems had provided the much-needed resources for many household chores as well. The river systems also served as the drinking water source for humans and domesticated animals.
However, years of neglect and apathy and large-scale deforestation – much of it being the consequence of economic development – served to remove the natural vegetation cover from the hills. This deforestation has also resulted in rapid runoffs and weathering of the topsoil. These runoffs carry with them soil that gets deposited on the river beds, thus reducing the water carrying capacity of the rivers. Thus, it has become common today to see rivers in spate soon after a sudden shower. Murky water following a heavy shower has also become a common sight. All these features have been accompanied by large scale destruction of crops and habitation by the banks of the rivers.
The Bajaj Foundation realized that it had a role to play in reviving these dilapidated river systems. It realized that such revival would help rejuvenate the rural economy and that too on a sustainable basis. The effort of the foundation, aided by the support of the farming community, has led to the revival of many of the river systems in the villages.