RUCHI, Baddi township Integrated Water, Health and Agriculture Project


ROTARY, Ruchi and the Baddi Integrated Project

Working together, making a difference      

Rotarians from District 9940, New Zealand have been supporting the work of the Rural Centre for Human Interests (RUCHI) in rural villages in the foothills of the Himalayas for more than 10 years. (As at July 2016)


RUCHI or the Rural Centre for Human Interests is a non-political, non-profit making organization committed to the development of rural India. RUCHI, began in October 1980 in a remote village in Chopal in Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh. The Head Office of RUCHI is currently located in a new complex called the Technology Resource Centre (TRC).

Baddi Integrated Project

Integrated Water, Health and Agriculture Project

RUCHI has designed a need based ambitious integrated project for 10,000 people in 30 communities in both the informal settlements and neighbouring villages adjoining Baddi township in Solan District to be implemented over a period of three years (March 2015 to February 2018).

Funding is by The New Zealand Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, (MFAT) New Zealand Aid through Rotary New Zealand World Community Service Limited, an organization set up by the six New Zealand Rotary Districts to manage major international projects and by a Grant in kind from Lionex GmBH, a German biotech company active in the fields of biomedicine and human health with special emphasis on TUBERCULOSIS (TB) and from Rotary clubs and Rotary members mainly from District 9940, New Zealand.

An enormous debt of gratitude is owed to these organisations and people, with special thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Eastern Hutt and Hutt City, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Contact Colin Alford,

The project will deliver water, sanitation, health and community mobilisation to address the poverty and health needs of 10,000 people in 30 communities in and adjoining the industrial township of Baddi in Himachal Pradesh, India. Rainwater collection and irrigation infrastructure will increase yields for those with land, and bring clean drinking water for both the slum dwellers and nearby rural communities. Health outreach workers will address serious issues of TB, diabetes and other preventable and treatable disease. Communities will be helped to self-organise and participate in decision making within local governance structures, increase access to government social protection.

The project is expected to deliver the following results:

  • Water infrastructure and irrigation
  • Agricultural training and inputs including crop diversification
  • Economic strengthening through savings and loans clubs and establishing savings habits
  • Health promotion and disease prevention through Community Health Worker outreach and referrals
  • Partnership with government agencies which respond to Violence against women
  • Education of children through referrals to community education
  • Increasing access to statutory social protection and assistance where available
  • Strengthened community leadership and organisation through participation in local governance
  • Promoting gender equality and women as leaders and role models                                       Please see over


Development results and goals

Long term outcomes

  1. Increased agricultural yields
  2. Reduced vulnerability to disease and increased take up of treatment
  3. Communities demonstrate financial management and long-term planning skills

Medium term outcomes

  1. Communities demonstrate more effective (productive) land and water management
  2. Communities have consistent access to safe drinking water all year round
  3. Increased awareness of and testing for TB and diabetes
  4. Women’s self-help groups increase financial planning/management skills, engage governance structures and access social protection


Short term outcomes

  1. Communities trained in land and water management
  2. Check dams and irrigation systems completed
  3. Check dams irrigation systems completed
  4. Natural springs protected
  5. Community health team operating as a resource for communities
  6. Women’s’ self-help groups have organised meet regularly


  1. Land and water management training delivered
  2. Irrigation and potable water infrastructure enhanced
  3. Community Health Workers trained and employed
  4. Women’s self-help groups established

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Project Type: 

  • Hygiene
  • Sanitation
  • Water



# of people benefited directly: 


Total Budget Needed: 

$385 000.00

Amount Raised so Far: 

$385 000.00

Local Language(s) Spoken: 

Hindi, English
This Project was last updated on: Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2016