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.
Women bring safe sanitation, shit free roads and dignity to the Simlisahi village community
Simlisahi village shows how safe sanitation can reduce women’s drudgery while preventing community health risks.
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Work under MGNREGS provides the much-needed income in times of the pandemic
Work opportunities under MGNREGS are ensuring that agricultural lands belonging to farmers in Gajapati’s Tidasing village will be cultivated for the first time.
A five-year-long struggle for safe sanitation is finally over for Kumundia village
Rabi Roita’s five-year-long endeavour for getting toilets, bathing rooms and piped water supply is finally coming true.
A desperate act to cut food costs helps Saraswati take care of her family
Two years back, Saraswati started growing vegetables in her kitchen garden. Now, the surplus produce sold in the local market helps her earn extra to support her family.
Executed jointly by InterGlobe Foundation and Gram Vikas, the ‘Community-owned Social and Agroforestry’ project helped afforest over 60 acres of barren land in Odisha’s Kalahandi district. Monitoring data shows not just an increase in forest cover but also improved water discharge from Springs in the areas despite a reduction in the rainfall received. The project, […]
Amidst continuing uncertainty, migrant young men hope for work in their villages even as they revive community assets
Jagannath Patel and his friends who worked in a hotel in Kerala are now back in their village. Temporary closure of hotels after the lockdown was announced has forced many migrant workers to return to their villages. Back in their village, they struggle to find work while the situation continues to remain uncertain.
Inspired by a neighbouring village, a group of masons take the lead to end open defecation in Baria
The Baria village in Mayurbhanj will soon be open defecation free and have functional household tap connections with 24×7 water supply. The community overcame limitations of habit, knowledge, money, and will to claim their dignity and health.
Gram Vikas partner village communities have been facing and overcoming uncertainties all through their lives. But, the COVID-19 crisis has put unusual stress on their abilities to cope. As a community development organisation, we find ourselves caught in the currents, and our abilities to effectively support our partners are constantly being put to test. However, […]
Pramila learns masonry to rebuild her house ravaged by Cyclone Fani
After learning masonry in a two-month intensive training workshop, Pramila rebuilds her home which was destroyed by Cyclone Fani in 2018.
Gram Vikas began its COVID-19 response on 15 March 2020 along with the communities in our partner villages in Odisha and Jharkhand. While immediate relief activities continued, we expanded our efforts, early on, to plan for livelihood recovery factoring in the economic fall out of the pandemic on the rural poor communities. LIVELIHOODS RECOVERY Many […]
On 24 March 2020, Government of India announced a nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease. It restricted the movement of a billion people and shut down the economy. The lockdown left millions of migrant labourers stranded, without jobs and unprepared to cope with the fallouts. Gram Vikas and the Centre for […]
Kitchen gardens keep families fed and healthy during the lockdown
Food from the backyard gardens are keeping families fed during the pandemic related lockdown.
Babita finds a livelihood opportunity in preventing the coronavirus spread
Women in villages of Odisha are using their time to make protective gear to keep their communities safe while earning an income.
The pandemic encourages Swapna to pursue higher education
Women from remote, tribal Odisha who migrated to cities have decided to discontinue working and choose education instead.
Piped water supply keeps the Kutrapalli village community safe during the pandemic
67,000 households in rural Odisha are staying safe because they solved the water crises in their villages much before the onset of the pandemic.