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 […]
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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.
A new study on post-lockdown coping strategies of migrant workers from Odisha. With a poverty ratio of 32.6%, migration for work has been a key survival strategy for millions of poor from rural Odisha. Gram Vikas and Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development spoke to 392 migrant workers from Odisha stranded in different states of […]
Gram Vikas’ COVID-19 pandemic response work reached vulnerable rural poor with health awareness and screening, survival kits for families of daily wage workers, support for livelihood security and local government actions; and ensuring the wellbeing of stranded migrant workers from Odisha.
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 […]