COODU has achieved recognition for its work in the field of Watershed Management by the Government of Tamil Nadu as well as National bodies. The watershed activities of COODU are implemented in the districts of Coimbatore, Ramanathapuram (Ramnad), Namakkal, Krishnagiri, Virudhunagar Cuddalore and Dindigul.
COODU has successfully implemented watershed programmes in 276 watersheds covering approximately 1,33,000 ha. Out of this total area, around 14,600 ha have been reclaimed for agricultural activity. In around 24,760 ha, agro-forestry measures have been implemented, around 5,480 ha have been brought under horticulture crops.
TWAD Board – CCDU (Community Capacity Development Unit)
The TWAD Board, with the aims of creating awareness on the judicious use of water, have created the “Community Capacity Development Unit” (CCDU) in accordance with the Guidelines on “Swajaldhara” (Centrally sponsored programme funded by Dept. of Drinking Water Supply, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India) scheme and entrusted this task to COODU. Accordingly, the Organization revived and strengthened the “Water & Sanitation Committees” (WATSAN) in Coimbatore district to better manage water resources and its judicious use and to create sanitary facilities. The organization prepared IEC materials and organized awareness campaigns on a massive scale in 28 Panchayats in the district of Coimbatore.
The organization also organized interactive sessions for the elected representative of local bodies, youth and SHGs members with Power Point Presentation on Water & Sanitation, who would take the message to the people in their areas. With overexploitation of ground water resources and pollution caused by industrial effluents, the campaign is bound to make people towards better water management and best sanitary practices.
Based on the experience of the COODU in the formation of WATSAN committees, training of beneficiaries under TSC, construction of IHHLs and creation of awareness on water and sanitation in Coimbatore district, the TWAD Board has selected the Organisation in the year 2006 to implement programmes under the Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission such as situation analysis, participatory rural appraisal, IEC activities, etc., and to conduct various training programmes in association with the Communication and Capacity Building Unit (CCDU ) of the TWAD Board.
- Training of members of VWSCs on Planning, Monitoring and Management of Public Water Supply Schemes.
- Training of representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions on Planning, Monitoring and Management of Public Water Supply Schemes (PWSS).
- Training of Grass root level workers on monitoring water quality by using Field Water Testing Kits (FWTK)- Level-1.
- Training of women SHG members on water safety, Health and Hygienic practices.
- Training of representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions on monitoring water quality by using Field Water Testing Kits (FWTK).
- Training of Teachers, PTA members and students on safe, protected water, best hygiene practices and monitoring water quality in schools.
- Training of Grass root level workers such as masons, pump mechanics, OHT operators, etc., on effective Operation and Maintenance of pumpsets.
- Training of Grass root level workers on monitoring water quality by using Field Water Testing Kits (FWTK) – Level-2.
Ooty lake Conservation –Campaign –Methodology
Program 1: Walkathon to create mass awareness to create mass awareness and as a initial programme a walkathon may be organized at Ooty , the general public, shop organization, volunteer, SHGs and students may be involved in this programme, placards carrying the message about the importance of conserving the Ooty lake will be carried by the participants. In addition an awareness float depicting the hoarding will also e the part of this walkathon.
Program 2: Doors to door canvas – distributing hand outs, tags: The people living all along the bank of Kodappamund channel will be covered under this campaign. The field staff will reach out to all the house and appeal for their co-operation in keeping the Kodappamund channel clean. Garbage and sewage free channel will be ensured.
Program 3: (1) Formation of local committees/volunteers People committees will be formed. The local councillors, SHG members ,youth and interested volunteers will be the part of the this committee,(2) Workshop for Councillors: To share the information about the conversion methods of Ooty Lake, One-day workshop for he councillors will be organized to the elected ward members of Udhagamandalam Municipality . (3) Workshop for shop keepers /vendors: A one day workshop is necessary to sensitize the shopkeepers and vendors having their outlets near Kodappamund channel and around Ooty Lake.
Program 4: Putting up signboards : Sign Boards Will be put – up and Around Ooty and in particulars lake area and along Kodappamund channel on the importance of conversion of water Bodies
Program 5: Conducting Street Plays: Are more effective in creating awareness among common people and tourists.
Program 6: Resources materials to all the residents near Kodamppamund channel, shop keepers.
Program 7: Administrative expenses, documentation, project staff TA, DA etc.
Program 8: Conducting campaign through local Media: Electronic Media play a major role in carrying the message to each and every Citizen crating awareness and passing the message to conserve Kodappamund channel and Ooty Lake.
Program 9: Mass cleaning campaign around Ooty Lake and Kodappamund channel
Women Self Help Groups (SHGs).
Micro – credit for Income Generation Activities
In order to develop the economical independency of women and to provide alternate employment opportunities to retain the women work force by preventing migration, COODU has guided the women SHGs to avail credits from financial institutions to establish their own employment units by utilizing the available local resources in order to ensure their economical sustainability
Training to women SHG members
COODU has been instrumental in providing Skill Training and Capacity Building to women in SHG groups and as a result several women have obtained skills in new ventures.
Some of the trainings include raising of seedlings in nurseries, plantations and other agro-products, vermi-composting, training in electronics and computers, financial management and book keeping.