We partner with rural communities to enable them to lead a dignified life. We do this by building their capabilities, strengthening community institutions and mobilising resources.
At Gram Vikas, inclusion and equity are at the heart of what we do.
We've reached 600,000 people in 1700 villages.
And we continue to work hard and create change at scale.
hectares of wasteland regenerated for natural resources based livelihoods
women with access to safe, private bathrooms with running water
families with renewable energy sources for cooking
STORIES OF CHANGE
Tukutoli village first gets tap water and now grows vegetables using greywater
Families in Tukutoli village in Gumla, Jharkhand, once suffered from diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid and cholera. Open defecation was prevalent, there were few sources of safe water and an acute water shortage in summer. Today, every household in the village has a toilet and a bathing room (TBR), and piped water supply. READ MORE
Pramila gives up her land, fights cancer to get water and toilets for her village
One woman’s tenacity and leadership inspire every household in Kapatmunda village in rural Odisha to come together for water, toilets and bathrooms. READ MORE
Sibaratri escapes child marriage and becomes a teacher by following her role model
Sibaratri Naik studied in a Gram Vikas Residential School, became a teacher and inspired other families in her village, with less than 25% literate women, to educate their daughters. READ MORE
Damayanti Patra becomes a mason to build her house in rural Odisha
Damayanti Patra of rural Ganjam shows exemplary determination to overcome personal tragedy and natural disaster to secure a sustainable vocation. READ MORE
What We're Hearing
The Walking Stick
"The hidden agenda was to address the problem of exclusion, but the open agenda was to see that people got quality water and sanitation facilities in rural areas."
IT'S BEEN FOUR DECADES SINCE WE STARTED
From mobilising indigenous communities to fight for their rights to partnering with them to build better lives, our legacy is of a commitment to advancing equity and dignity for the poorest.
Your smallest contribution can bring water, increase incomes, build toilets or light up homes in the remotest villages in India.
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Our volunteers have got clean water to villages, digitised schools, filmed stories from the field and much more.
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Community-owned forestry to help tribals reclaim their forests and livelihoods
The initiative aims to enable erstwhile forest-dependent communities to create, own and manage their own productive forests.