Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
WATCH being a right and value based organization, its advisor Dr, Narayan Kaji Shrestha made efforts to make it a democratic, inclusive, participatory, learning and action-reflection based organization. Dr. Shrestha had spearheaded user groups based community forestry programs in Nepal and elsewhere. He is a pioneer. He wanted to transfer concept and processes in the NGOs. He strongly believes that people given opportunities and being able to see values and importance make positive decisions and implement. If they are involved in decision making they develop commitment. WATCH involves management, staff and partners in policy making, program development, implementation and evaluation. WATCH has a system of periodical review, reflection and planning system with all those involved in the projects and organization.
WATCH initiated group managed saving and credit program but most of them being illiterate and not having such experiences a lot of problems cropped up. However, WATCH remained intact in its belief on people having rights to make decisions. WAYCH also provided them with investment to initiate income generation activities. Some of them were successful in making some money but they still did not have self-esteem, holistic vision about oneself, family and environment. It took only one to be sick once and they will loose all their earnings. So WATCH reached a conclusion that without vision people will not be able to reach their goals because of lack of direction. Resources are abundant and available, they need to be identified and managed.