Nutrition gardens enable dietary diversity while conserving water
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. KNOW MORE
Wastewater management helps families eat nutritious food and earn alongside
Water security delivers on mitigating twin challenges of food and nutritional insecurities, while expanding income sources for the poor in rural Odisha. KNOW MORE
Nutrition gardens strengthen resilience during the pandemic and help families eat healthy round the year
Backyard kitchen gardens sustain food security of Adivasi families in remote Odisha. KNOW MORE
Cultivating change: using wastewater for enhancing dietary diversity
A collaborative research initiative to enhance dietary diversity through greywater innovation in Ganjam and Gajapati districts of Odisha. KNOW MORE
15,845 people supported in the first 45 days of the pandemic
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.
Systematic, swift data collection helps reach out to migrant workers stranded due to the COVID-19 lockdown
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 […]
Telephone helpline, local government linkages, individual outreach support stranded migrant workers
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 […]
COVID-19 pandemic threatens livelihood security of village communities
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 […]
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,” Joe Madiath. Watch the Skoll Foundation’s interview with Joe Madiath on how Gram Vikas was built, 41 years ago, to find equity through water and sanitation.
Study finds higher toilet use and lower rates of child diseases as a result of Gram Vikas’ combined water-sanitation programme in Odisha villages
A joint research by LSHTM, KIIT and Emory University found improvements in toilet use and coverage, better child faeces management and reduced diseases among children in selected programme villages of Gram Vikas. Lack of clean water and poor sanitation and hygiene habits such as open defecation and unsafe child faeces disposal in rural households exposes […]
Can micro-automatic weather stations enhance lives and livelihoods of rural communities in India?
Micro-automatic weather stations to help farmers predict the weather with greater accuracy in addition to supporting non-farm livelihoods and helping women better plan their day.
Opinion | Why should nonprofits engage with local governments?
Binoy Acharya discussed the importance of nonprofit engagement with local governments to evolve long term, robust solutions to community issues.
A snapshot of Gram Vikas’ 40th year
Gram Vikas completed a landmark of 40 years of work, in partnership with rural communities, across Odisha, Jharkhand and other states in 2019. Our Executive Director, Liby Johnson, shares a brief overview of our work and initiatives in the past year.