With a vision of enlightening healthy and democratic Bundelkhand free from hunger, poverty, environmental degradation and all forms of exploitation based on age, sex, religion and ethnicity, HARITIKA has been established in year 1994. Haritika was started as an organization to work with people in the backward Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in India. We focus on pro-poor initiatives through enhancement of environmental and agri-based livelihood systems. We have worked for more than 24 years and been part of number of government sponsored development initiatives for Water Supply, Sanitation, Natural Resource Management and Poverty alleviation programs. With 25 full time staff having professional background such as agriculture, engineering and social sciences, Haritika is equipped to achieve the project goals.
Now along with Bundelkhand Region, we have started to expand our efforts to the other needy regions too. Building upon the years of efforts and depending upon the trajectory that each location is progressing on ecological, economic and social dimensions, the areas of strategic action are crafted to suit the niche specificity. Currently, we are specifically oriented towards:
Spread across diverse ecological and social geographies, Haritika works towards conservation of nature and natural resources through collective action of local communities. In Bundelkhand, Haritika has played a pioneering role in furthering the concept of Commons as an effective instrument of local governance, as economic assets for the poor and for the viability of adjoining farmlands. It has also highlighted that by strengthening the institutional dimension, the collective action spins off from effectively managing natural resources to other spheres of village life such as education, health and access to economic opportunities.