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Raah Foundation (Dr. Sarika Kulkarni)


100-acre hill, village Dari, district Nashik – In the Maharashtra state of India, inside the Nashik district, sits the Dari village. It is located 14 kilometres from the Nashik district headquarters and 14 km from the Nashik sub-district headquarters (tehsildar office). According to data available from 2009, Dari village also has a gram panchayat. The settlement has a total size of 971.58 hectares. Dari has a total population of 2,011 individuals, 1,077 of whom are men and 934 of them are women. Dari Village has a literacy rate of 73.40%, with 81.43% men and 64.13% females being literate. Dari Village has roughly 369 residences. Dari village’s administration is handled by a sarpanch, a village representative chosen in the course of local elections. According to 2019 statistics, the hamlet of Dari is part of the Devlali assembly district and the Nashik parliamentary district. The closest town to Dari for any significant economic activity is Nashik, which is located around 14 kilometres distant.


Raah Foundation aims to revitalize and regenerate the environment and provide sustainable livelihoods to farmers to break out of their vicious cycle of poverty. We have taken up conservation of landscapes through ecological restoration and protecting the biodiversity of common land. This entails soil and water conservation by taking on activities that reduce the velocity of water and control soil erosion, create earthen rings around existing saplings for regeneration , plantation, seeds dispersal, nurturing and monitoring for 3 to 5 years.


The Dari project is aimed for the restoration of the village of Dari in district Nashik having 88 acres of commons on a hill called Aadicha Dongar. This hill has been identified as a pilot project for ecological restoration. The broad restoration activities involved are :

a) Base lining parameters such as soil, ground water, biomass, and biodiversity assessment, tree counting.

b) Regeneration activities such as species selection, plantation, vetiver grass plantation, thawla making for existing trees; introducing nutritious grasses and seeding using local forest species; planting thorny saplings for live hedges.

c) Soil & moisture conservation activities such as making loose boulder structures and gabion structures.