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About ( HIMANI )

Himalayan Man and Nature Institution (HIMANI)

HIMANI: THE ORGANISATION


HIMANI: Himalayan Man and Nature Institution

HIMANI or Himalayan Man And Nature Institute is a non profit NGO registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860 and dedicated to the cause of overall sustainable development of Himalayas and its people.

The goal of HIMANI is "to attain self reliance among people by maintaining eco-friendly inter-relationships between human and natural resources and promoting environmentally sound technologies for development while focusing on traditional cultural experiences and values.

The Logo of HIMANI "A Devdar Tree" represents the nature prosperity and antiquity of the Himalayas. Amidst is the place of a human family, their cattle wealth and life granting bright Sun. The literal meaning of HIMANI is a snow fed river arising from the Himalayas, which gives the message of serenity, continuous mobility, conference and enthusiasm to mankind.

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  • NGO Name


  • Himalayan Man and Nature Institution (HIMANI)

  • Founder-Secretary


  • Dr. Suresh Mathpal

  • Registration Details


  • Registered under Societies registration Act. 1860, R.No. 220/95-96s, dated 10-10-1995

    Registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act., R.No. 34792001 dated 27-03-2001.

    Registered under Section 12 A (a) and Section 80 (G) of Incomes tax Assumption Act 1961 vide 12 A/31/97-98/ dated 19 August 1997 & 58/59(38)/80(G) /97S-98/ Bareilly dated 19-08-1997.

HIMANI: THE ORGANISATION


HIMANI’s vision is to facilitate the formation and strenthening of self reliant communitities based on the sustainable use and management of their available natural resources, skills, capacities and interests. To achieve this vision, HIMANI shall endeavor to ensure the core princilpes of gender equity, equality, justice and soladarity in its efforts.

This will be achieved through preservation, rejuvenation and development of natural wealth and cultural heritage, maintaining man- nature bond and working for intellectual and moral development of human resources.

HIMANI is composed of a team of dedicated, active and accountable persons from all walks of life, particularly local youths, Presently, the staff consists of 30 workers.

At project execution level, HIMANI is working in Nainital & Almora district of Uttaranchal states. Networking activities is whole Uttaranchal state.

Affairs of the organisation


Affairs of the organisation are managed by a Governing Body, an advisory Body and an Executive Body. At the execution level, Secretary is the Chief Functionary who looks after functioning of the organisation assisted by his core team constituted for programme implementation.

HIMANI strongly believes


HIMANI strongly believes that development is not a product that can be obtained by mere injection of funds and professionals with their plans, but is a gradual process of action towards achieving self reliance by sustainably managing our natural resources through participation of the local community. This can be achieved only through creating and developing a sense of ownership and belongingness in the participants. A Bottom -up approach of development starting from the village level can only procuce a self reliant and sustaiable developed society.

The project area of HIMANI


The project area of HIMANI includes more that 100 villages of Nainital, Almora and Bageshwar districts in Uttaranchal, while HIMANI's integrated development activities are concentrated in 16 rural villages of Nainital district. Besides, it is involved with various state and national level NGOs and NGOs Network through documentation and networking activities.

The project area of HIMANI


The project area of HIMANI includes more that 100 villages of Nainital, Almora and Bageshwar districts in Uttaranchal, while HIMANI's integrated development activities are concentrated in 16 rural villages of Nainital district. Besides, it is involved with various state and national level NGOs and NGOs Network through documentation and networking activities.

HIMANI: MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Experimentation Resource Demonstration Farm (ERD Farm)


Experimentation Resource Demonstration Farm (ERD Farm) has been developed at Prakriti Vigyan Kendra (PVT) site at Geetadham Campus in Bhimtal. The objective is to carry out research and experiments for optimum land use practices, to produce and supply quality seeds and root stocks of commercially and ecologically important crops to villagers, demonstrate cost effective appropriate technologies for the hills, organize on farm training and exposure camps and information dissemination to the village level.

Nandan Kanan


"Nandan Kanan" or the botanical garden has been established in the same campus with the objective to demonstrate and conserve the bio diversity of the lower and mid Himalayan region to generate awareness and love among people towards natural heritage and its conservation and to impart practical knowledge of our rich natural heritage. This area being a transition zone of temperate and tropical climates is rich in biodiversity and ideal for establishing such garden.

Herb cultivation


Herb cultivation is being by HIMANI with the help of KMVN Nainital in Jangaliagaon village of Nainital district. Establishment of a centralized herb nursery of 2,5,0000 plants, cultivation in more then 10 area of land by 30 farmers by planting more then 1,75,000 herb seedlings are the main accomplishments of the programme.

SWAJAL


SWAJAL the World Bank funded Rural Drinking Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Project was successfully implemented in 8 villages of Nainital district since 1998-2001. The important activities of planning phase includes the activities of community mobilization and awareness generation, cluster meetings, formation of an effective villages Water and Sanitation committee (VWSC) and SHG,s Engineering survey, Health and Environmental Sanitation Awareness (HESA), Non Formal Education (NFE). Skill development training, capacity building raining for VWSC members and preparation of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) and Community Action Plan (CAP). The implementation work was carried out as per action plan made in DPR and CAP. Under the drinking water supply works, 5 gravity water supply schemes costing around Rs.30 lacs and 30 Rain Water Harvesting Tanks (RWHT) were constructed. In the whole project a total of 167 sanitary latrines, 108 compost pits, 126 soak pits, 206 garbage pits were constructed besides catchments protection works. A total of 12 SHG's are functioning efficiently.


A project on


A project on "Survey, Collection, Conservation and documentation of bio-diversity and Documentation of bio-diversity and awareness generation regarding plant Genetic Resources in Nainital District." under National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP) was successfully implemented jointly with National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), project being funded by World Bank in year 1999-2001. Under the project two joint explorations were carried out for collection of medicinal- aromatic plants, wild edibles, tea germ-plasm and other economic plant genetic resources. A total of 118 accessions were collected representing 58 species.


Establishing a Centre for Biodiversity and Natural Heritage in Kumaon Himalaya


A project on "Establishing a Centre for Biodiversity and Natural Heritage in Kumaon Himalaya" was successfully implemented jointly at Vankhandi Ashram, Sattal and HIMANI Farm at Bhimtal. Important activities carried out under the project includes development of in-situ and ex-situ biodiversity conservation models by establishing multi-species nursery, plantation, genetic garden development etc. besides community mobilization and awareness generation camps were organized and activities of networking, documentation and information dissemination were also carried out. The project was being funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) New Delhi in year 1999-2001.


Swajal - Catchment Area Protection Work (CAPW)


Swajal - Catchment Area Protection Work (CAPW) project is a World Bank assisted project being implemented in 12 Swajal villages of all 6 hilly blocks of Nainital district since March 2002- The main objective is to manage and conserve the catchment areas of water sources on which the sustainability of drinking water supply scheme depends. Bio- engineering works including community mobilization activities are under progress in the project are village. In the implementation phase of the project, under forestry activities, a total of 72,000 plants of different suitable species were planted, for the conservation of soil and water and their survival rate is 79.7% (surveyed by Forester, Survey Agency), 2,49,900 grass slips and 177.33 Kg. Grass seeds were also planted in contour trenches, total 4345 meter Coolie Wall was constructed for the protection of forest from animal and under soil conservation activities, 156 nos. of check dams of different sizes were constructed in the suitable sites of the catchment area and 54 nos. Compost pits and 324 Grass patches were also constructed and 87 Community Development Activities were completed.


Women and Child Development Centre (WCDC)


Women and Child Development Centre (WCDC) was the first programme initiated by HIMANI to built the capacities of women and develop hobbies and skill amount children. The centre is providing practical home science training cutting, tailoring, embroidery, knitting, food processing health foods and handicraft items is also run by the this center.


Cultural Heritage Conservation Programme


Cultural Heritage Conservation Programme was started to conserve and demonstrate our cultural heritage i.e. values, customs, traditions festivals, mela etc. at the same time to play to pay due honour to our folk artists, craftsman and other resource persons (Parampara Rakshak). Some of the cultural celebrations were Kumaon Utsav, Janmashtmi, and Harela festival. Sharadotsava, honor of folk artists and craftsman. Among the programme included folk art (Aipan) competition, fancy dress show, cultural shows, Bal-Ramleela, Bhajan Sandhay ,children shop, Kumaoni cuisine, exhibition and sale of hill handicrafts and food products.


The Regional Resource Centre (RRC)


The Regional Resource Centre (RRC) has been established with the objective of promoting people's access to organizational resources, providing technical support, carrying out research and documentation, capacity building though training, workshop etc. networking, coordination and information dissemination activities for individuals, NGO's and other institutions


The Diversified Agricultural Support Project (DASP)


The Diversified Agricultural Support Project (DASP), a World Bank funded project, was successfully implemented in 16 villages of Almora district. The main aim of the project is the diversification of agricultural base of local farmers, increasing their income through better marketing linkages and introducing appropriate technology, through training and documentation and exposure visits. Important interventions includes Base line Survey and Participatory Rural Appraisal conducted through house hold survey and cluster meetings in project villages, community organisation formation ( 33 SHGs and 2 FIGs), their capacity building, facilitating bank linkages, convergence with line departments, research institutions, private firms, banks etc. for availing them all public and private services and to implement project interventions successfully, promotion of new/innovative farming system technologies (soil testing, IPNM, IPM, line sowing, use of compost, improved seed etc.) and income generating Activities based on available resources, skills and interests of community, facilitated forward and backward linkages in the entire value chains of various agri-allied sub sectors. Besides facilitated formation of a centralized representative body (Federation) by the name of KISAN (Kurmanchal (India) Sustainale Agriculture Network) consisting 25 representatives members from 27 Self Help Groups of 13 DASP villages. The KISAN Federation is working towards the sustainability and replicability of beneficial inputs provided under DASP UA Project and establishment of strong marketing linkages for their Agri-horticultural produces, both raw and processed/ value added.


Watershed Development Programme in 8 hamlets of two Gram Panchayats


A Demonstration Project on "Watershed Development Programme in 8 hamlets of two Gram Panchayats, Dhanachuli and Chaukhuta of Dhari block of Nainital District. Uttaranchal" being funded by Indo German Social Service Society (IGSSS) was successfully implemented in 8 hamlets of two village Panchayats of Dhari development block in Nainital District. The geographical area of the micro watershed was 195 ha. having 89 families and 702 human population. The main objective of the project is to demonstrate a model of sustain ably managed micro watershed that can be replicated. It aims at ecological restoration of micro watershed using soil water and vegetable conservation measures, improve the quality of life of people and create awareness and train stakeholders on common natural resources base. The main accomplishments of the project includes: Organisation of two-cluster meeting in each hamlet; Formation of SHG and WDC and their Capacity Building and Cultural Programme for awareness generation; Plantation of 1000 fruit bearing trees o progressive farmers; Demonstration of 3 Poly houses, 8 poly tunnels, 5 Vermi- compost units, 8 smokeless chulhas, 8 Nisuras along with accessories; Plantation of 3,902 nos. of multipurpose tress species were planted on the village common and private land; Planting of 8000 no. of Napier cutting/ root slips by SHGs; Spring Sanctuary Development (water source catchment conservation) work at four sites; 4 Naula renovation; Providing revolving fund of Rs. 10,000 to SHGs promoted bank linkages regarding Cash-Credit Limit; Development of market linkages with the Mother Dairy.


A SWAJAL sponsored Total Sanitation Campaign Programme


A SWAJAL sponsored Total Sanitation Campaign Programme is being implemented in 16 Gram Panchayats of Bageshwar district since 2004. The objective of the programme is to promote improved sanitation facilities and maintain school sanitation through construction of sanitary latrines and awareness programmes. So far more that 300 sanitary latrines are constructed in these villages and various health and environmental sanitation awareness programmes organized at village level. A similar project is being implemented in 8 villages of Nainital district. The main achievement of the programme is that 7 of these villages are now 100% saturated with sanitary latrines and been awarded as Nirmal Gram.


A Project on Micro credit


A Project on Micro credit through formation and strengthening of Self Help Groups was implemented in more that 40 villages of Almora district of Uttaranchal under Central Government sponsored Swarn Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana. Under the project there are 78 SHGs formed and strengthened through various capacity building programs. The total membership is more that 900 with a saving of more that Rs. 3.25 lakhs.


A Programme on Reproductive and Child Health


A Programme on Reproductive and Child Health is being initiated in underserved pockets of 44 villages of Okhalkanda block in Nainital district with support from Govt. of India. HIMANI has been selected as Mother NGO for Nainital district and project is successfully implemented with the help of four facilitating NGOs of the region. The main accomplishments includes detailed survey of the project villages and health related infrastructure, project orientation and awareness generation of community, immunization programmes, capacity building of project stakeholders, organisation of health camps, facilitation of ASHA health worker, facilitating institutional delivery, ANC & PNC checkups, promoting family planning, formation and strengthening of RTI/STI awareness groups, promoting Doli for transporting of patients in remote villages etc.


An innovative programme on SRI


An innovative programme on SRI (System of Rice Intensification is being implemented with 118 progressive farmers of three villages of Bhimtal block in Nainital district with support from People’s Science Institute, Dehradun. The objective is to reduce the drudgery of hill people mainly women and increase the production of paddy using relatively less water, energy and time. the project stakeholders have been trained in this regard and paddy planting with SRI technology has been done in one hectare of agricultural land.


Adopting SWAJAL pattern


Adopting SWAJAL pattern, the World Bank funded Sector Reform Rural Drinking Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation Project is successfully implemented in 3 villages of Nainital district in Year 2007-08-09. The important activities of planning phase includes the activities of community mobilization and awareness generation, cluster meetings, formation of an effective villages Water and Sanitation committee (VWSC) and SHG,s Engineering survey, Health and Environmental Sanitation Awareness (HESA), Non Formal Education (NFE). Skill development training, capacity building raining for VWSC members and preparation of a Detailed project Report (DPR) and Community Action Plan (CAP). The implementation work is being carried out as per action plan made in DPR and CAP.


Under District Innovative fund


Under District Innovative fund scheme, a demonstrative project “Establishing a Centre of Excellence in Environmental Conservation and Livelihoods Promotion “ is being implemented in the Prakriti Vigyan Kendra campus of HIMANI and surrounding five villages of Bhimtal since August 2013. The overall goal of the project is to improve the quality of life of the rural farming community by generating environmental conservation awareness and livelihoods promotion based on available resources, skills and interests. In a nutshell, the overall objective is to demonstrate a Centre of Excellence of sustainable Environment/Natural Resource Management and Livelihoods Promotion which can be replicated. The three major component of the project includes Environment/Natural Resource Management, Livelihood Promotion and Institutional Development and Capacity Building of project stakeholders. The important activities includes demonstrations of botanical garden, Eco-Adventure Park, Herbal and NTFP nursery, Soil and moisture conservation like various SWC structures, LDPE lined tank, Ferro-cement tank, Irrigation tank, Drip Irrigation etc.; demonstrations related to Agriculture (like Organic Farm development, frontline demonstrations of improved cereals & pulses, beekeeping, Composting techniques like vermi-composting, NADEP composting, Bio-dynamic formulations, bio-insecticides, bio-pesticides, light trap etc); Horticulture (like frontline demonstrations of vegetables, spices, fruits, nuts, flori-culture, medicinal and aromatic crops, mushroom production, Poly-technologies like Poly-house, Poly-tunnel, shade-net etc, zero energy cool chamber, agricultural implements and garden tools etc); Livestock (with demonstrations like Improved cowshed, Silage, Fodder Bank, Fodder Planting) and various capacity building activities.


DISHA (Documentation and Innovative Studies for Himalayan Areas)


DISHA (Documentation and Innovative Studies for Himalayan Areas) is a Consultancy and Training wing of HIMANI society and aims at conducting innovative studies, action oriented research and grass root trainings, related to sustainable development of human and natural resources of Himalayan regions. DISHA is managed by a group of development professionals from various disciplines with wide grass roots experience. The mission is to upgrade the skills and knowledge of voluntary organizations, community based organizations and community, and at the same time conduct action oriented research, innovative studies and documentation in development sector. Documentation and consultancy services are provided on various aspects of development depending upon the needs expressed by organization, like impact assessment of project, training need assessment, project evaluation etc. Training and skill development support provided on various facet of development for NGO's professional, members of community base organization on formulating project proposal, project progress report, annual report, brochure and other documents of the organization, besides technical information's on various fields of development.


HIMTARA (HIMANI's Initiative in Motivational Training and Action for Rural Advancement)


HIMTARA (HIMANI's Initiative in Motivational Training and Action for Rural Advancement) was established as a sister concern of HIMANI at Bhimtal to sustain the efforts of Community (organized in Self Help Groups) and build their capacity. In a nutshell, HIMTARA is an innovative concept to build the capacity of community, Non-Governmental Organizations and Government Organizations and sustain the efforts of SHG's. HIMTARA provides boarding, lodging and training facilities at reasonable tariff. The centre is quite useful for Non Government Organization (NGOs), Community Based Organization (CBOs), Training Institutes etc, engaged in Rural Development and Capacity Building Programmes. The training centre is situated at a pleasant centralized location at Bhimtal near Nainital having good network of transport, communication and research & development institutions. HIMTARA has so far organized more than 30 trainings at its own and provided venue of training to other organizations by managing more than 100 trainings and workshops.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


HIMANI is grateful to the community of the Project Area, who gave us inspiration and courage to work for the noble cause of rural development. We wish to express our gratitude to the funding agencies, donors, resources organizations, and government departments, partner NGOs. Village level institutions and numerous friends and well wishes who in their institutional and personal capacities has given their unstinting support and encouragement to HIMANI.

APPEAL


HIMANI request support from individuals as well as institutions for the cause of sustainable development of down trodden communities and preservation of cultural heritage and natural resources of Uttaranchal Himalayas by working as volunteers, sending useful literature on the issues of mountain development and by donations (all donation are exempted from tax under section 80 G of Income Tax Act. and are eligible for deduction.)