Program Interventions



Documentation of the work is as important as the work itself. A documentation cell is established in the year 2007 in MITTRA. Although all members of the Cell come from different educational background, some from social work while some others from agriculture all contribute with same enthusiasm.

Not only those associated with the cell but all MITTRA staff members participated in the activity with zest.
The Cell, analytically and sensitively documents about the experiences gained about working on new concepts, develops media material to promote best practices, and undertakes archival documentation.

One contact person at each regional office classifies and refines the material collected. This person, in each region, has now groomed another one to help in documentation activities.

MITTRA Regular publications

Sr. No. Name of periodical Nature of Periodical Contributors Primary Audience
1 Maitreya Booklet-Strengthening dialogue among staff & information sharing MITTRA Staff MITTRA Staff
2 Goshti Vikasachya Booklet- Compilation of selected case studies from MITTRA work area MITTRA Staff MITTRA Staff
3 Ugavati Wall paper-Strengthening experience sharing of programme participants Programme Participants MITTRA Staff and programme Participants
4 Balkhajina Wallpaper-Forum for expression of Students from Ashram Schools Students from Ashram Schools Students from Ashram Schools. MITTRA Staff, Ashram School Teachers and authorities
5 Asha Wartapatra Booklet- Forum for information sharing about Shikshan Mitra programme and related topics Ashram School Teachers.
Experts in the field of Education
Ashram School Teachers.

Nature of Activities:

Documentation work includes writing case studies, developing database of information about work impact, process and impact documentation of activities.

Theme based documentation is undertaken which includes write up on experience of implementation of a novel concept, like cultivation of Chest nuts in small water tanks in Chandrapur region, fishery as income generation activity of for a landless group in remote area of Shahapur cluster in Jawhar Region, etc.

The process documentation of the baseline conditions of the area, the implementation process and impact of development program is undertaken on periodic basis.

Media material on Best Practices of implementation is produced.

Audio Visual films produced by MITTRA

A) Best Practices Video films Series: Wadi

1. Wadi to be proud of Part I
Language: Marathi, Hindi, and English     Duration: 39 minutes
  1. Site selection for Wadi
  2. Layout of Wadi
  3. Soil conservation measures in Wadi
  4. Pit Digging
  5. Pit filling
  6. Fencing for the Wadi
  7. Water management for Wadi

2. Wadi to be proud of Part II
Language: Marathi, Hindi, and English     Duration: 40 minutes
  1. Forestry
  2. Plantation
  3. Aftercare of fruit trees
  4. Live Hedge for Wadi
  5. Aftercare of Wadi

3. Wadi to be proud of Part III
Language: Marathi, Hindi, and English     Duration: 40 minutes
  1. Organic Farming
  2. Vermi Compost (tray method)
  3. Vermi wash
  4. Floriculture
  5. Aourogreen

B) Best Practices Video films Series: Community Health

1. An Ideal Home
Language: Marathi, Hindi, and English     Duration: 25 minutes
  1. Sufficient Light at home
  2. Safe Drinking Water
  3. Smoke-free home
  4. An Ideal Cattle Shed
  5. Hygienic Kitchen
  6. A Smooth Grinding Stone

2. An Ideal Village
Language: Marathi    Duration: 41 minutes
  1. Well and hand pump water chlorination
  2. Construction of washing platforms near hand pumps
  3. Construction of bathrooms and bathing platform
  4. Soak pit construction
  5. Village cleanliness
  6. Washing platforms for community use
  7. Construction of drinking water tanks for animal
  8. Developing kitchen gardens
  9. Vermi compost preparation

C) Nidhaan (meaning a treasure) - a series based on video interview of eminent personalities in social field.

1. Nidhaan Part I
Language: Marathi     Duration: 2 hours 30 mins Set of 2 DVDs
This part is based on interaction with Dr. Mukund Ghare, well known for his holistic understanding about water sector in India.

2. Nidhaan Part II
Language: Marathi    Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes Set of 2 DVDs
This part is based on interaction with Mr. Sharad Kulkarni, who is well known for his knowledge about tribal culture and experience regarding tribal development.

D) Shikshan Mitra Program: Rural Development through Education

Language: Marathi, English    Duration: 25 minutes
‘Shikshan Mitra’ programme aims at creating development centres out if the Ashram Schools-Residential Tribal Schools. This is being achieved by providing opportunities for the students to understand the school syllabus in the contexts of their lives. This video film is based on the experiences during the past four years of working with tribal students and experiments pertaining to education.