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
Closed Borders, Lost Jobs and Uncertain Futures: The pandemic unsettles migrant lives
A video story on how the COVID-19 pandemic is unsettling the lives of migrant workers and their families in rural Odisha, India.
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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The Government of Odisha announced a partial lock-down on 22 March 2020 due to which several of Gram Vikas offices were closed. Subsequent to the national level lock-down, all our offices have been closed and staff members are working from home. All Management Team members are working from home and keeping in touch with each […]
As part of our work on Safe Migration, Gram Vikas already had built a database of workers who had migrated to Kerala from villages in our operational area in Thuamul Rampur block of Kalahandi district. A 3-member team in Bhubaneswar aided by one management team member who was at his home in Kerala worked together […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to joblessness and a looming fear of livelihood insecurity amongst the rural poor from Gram Vikas villages. A large number of men have been forced to return to their native villages in Ganjam, Gajapati and Kalahandi districts from other states like Kerala and Karnataka. Most of them were engaged […]