The Himalayan Ecology & Treatment of Natural Agriculture Samiti acronyms as ‘HETONA’ is well known in its working areas was formed in 1991 by some like-minded volunteers who then plunged themselves into a famous and devastating Uttarkashi earthquake’s rescue and relief operation. With their experience as rescue and relief volunteers, they decided to form an organization, which can work in hilly conditions and efficiently deliver the outcomes during testing time. The organization ‘HETONA’ was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and later on under Income Tax Act 1961 and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010. The Society’s basic character is charitable and democratic in its functioning and secular in its thoughts.
HETONA envisages providing skill and knowledge to the underprivileged strata of the society so that they can recognize and use the resources around them for their holistic empowerment.
To identify, tap and optimally harness the potential of the underprivileged classes of the society in such a way as to strike a judicious balance between their own quality of life as well as towards their meaningful contribution in the society/nation.
- To work for environmental conservation
- To work for gender equality and women empowerment
- To work for rural drinking water supply and environmental sanitation
- To work for climate-resilient sustainable mountain agriculture
- To promote organic farming with traditional and modern methodologies and link with the market.
- To work for the livelihood improvements of the vulnerable sections of the society
- To work for the upliftment of scheduled castes, tribes, and minorities
- To form community-based organizations, train and build their capacity to include them in the development process
Since its inception, HETONA has been working on two types of projects;
- facilitating, organizing, and implementing the self-conceptualized and planned projects/programmes and
- providing social and technical intermediary services to the projects/programmes of governments, semi-government and other NGOs.