Dhamori, Maharashtra

Village Development Plan

Our team worked directly with Member of Parliament Padmashree Dr. Vikas Mahatme, all official stakeholders, and the residents of Dhamori Village to complete this project. We began by conducting participatory exercises, such as interviews with government officials and villagers, village transect walks, site observations and similar, to identify five main problems.

These include:

Water for irrigation

Wastewater - untreated waste-water outfall to streams and uncovered drains or nallis

Solid waste & trash mismanagement

Open defecation

Lack of public open space and playgrounds

We then prepared a village development plan to address these issues through the design of better built environments. All improvements are proposed on government land.

Public Play Space

While developing strategies for addressing water mismanagement in the village and other rural problems, we also successfully involved the villagers and other stakeholders to come together to envision, fund, and construct a children’s playground in the village entirely with donated materials. The playground not only includes a volleyball court, outdoor gym equipment, a see-saw, a slide, tire swings, a balance walk and steps - but also a colorful mural decorated with the hand-prints of the men, women, and children stakeholders.

Project Team

Alpa Nawre

Saurabh Lohiya

Astrid Tsz Wai Wong

Leslie Johnson

Skandha Upadhyay