We are supporting more than 1,00,000 people from tribal and rural communities, across 700 habitations in Odisha and Jharkhand, to cope with the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. We will ensure COVID-19 care in remote villages, provide need-specific support to vulnerable households, ensure the safety and wellbeing of migrant workers, and support children with psychosocial counselling. We are using our extensive experience in emergency response and rehabilitation, since 1971, to help them rebuild their lives.

Gohala’s five year wait for widow pension ends during the pandemic

7952 people, from 1200 villages, get access to social protection due to a focused COVID-19 response campaign in rural Odisha. KNOW MORE

Gram Vikas sets up COVID Care Centre in remote rural Odisha

A cluster-level COVID Care Centre set up by Gram Vikas is augmenting the local healthcare infrastructure in one of the poorest parts of the Kalahandi district in southwest Odisha. KNOW MORE


Your smallest contribution can help the affected individuals and communities.


Local volunteers fight COVID misinformation to get remote village communities timely and needed care

Local volunteers trained by Gram Vikas undertake door-to-door surveillance to support the fight against the pandemic. KNOW MORE

Volunteers, Story
Job cards help returnee migrants find work during COVID-19

80,403 households across rural Odisha learn about social protection schemes, and 21,194 access its benefits during COVID-19. KNOW MORE

Migrant Support, Story
Overburdened Community Health Centre receives support from Gram Vikas staff

Gram Vikas staff step in to assist community health centres in crowd management, sensitisation, and raising vaccine awareness. KNOW MORE

Vaccine Drives, News
Tech-enabled Learning Centres bridge the digital divide in rural Odisha

39 technology-equipped Learning Centers in four districts are helping students continue education during the school shutdown. KNOW MORE

Learning Centres, News
Gram Vikas forms WhatsApp Groups in 13 languages take COVID awareness to Adivasi communities

WhatsApp Groups in 13 local languages bridge COVID information gap among Adivasi. KNOW MORE

Awareness Messaging, News


Your smallest contribution can help the affected individuals and communities.

Learning Centres help children from Adivasi communities continue their education during COVID lockdown

First generation learners study at technology equipped Learning Centres in remote Odisha during COVID lockdown. KNOW MORE

Learning Centres, Story
Understanding COVID-19 – situation and effects – numbers from remote, rural Odisha

Gram Vikas conducted a second round of field assessments in the operational villages to get an understanding of the situation. KNOW MORE

COVID-19 Assessment, News
Gram Vikas Staff Dispel Misconceptions & Facilitate Vaccination Drive in Rayagada District

Gram Vikas staff conducted meetings with local villagers in Gunupur block on vaccine efficacy. KNOW MORE

Vaccine Drives, Story
Gram Vikas volunteers drive vaccinations and strengthen COVID management

Gram Vikas trained volunteers support the frontline health workers during the door-to-door COVID-19 surveillance in their villages and encourage eligible individuals to take vaccines. KNOW MORE

Volunteers, News
Gram Vikas COVID-19 Response June 2021 Progress Update

Gram Vikas has reached out to about 45,000 households in 1043 habitations in 116 Gram Panchayats across 8 districts in the five weeks since the COVID-19 Response started in May 2021. KNOW MORE

Response Update, News
Gram Vikas COVID-19 Response May 2021 Progress Update

Gram Vikas has reached out to about 30,000 households in 668 habitations in 88 Gram Panchayats of 22 Blocks of Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts from first week of May 2021. KNOW MORE

Response Update, News
Grassroots community volunteers lead the fight against COVID-19 in remote rural Odisha

Community Volunteers trained by Gram Vikas are working to reach half a million people across 12 districts in Odisha to register them for vaccination on CoWIN. KNOW MORE

Vaccine Drives, Story
Tribal communities register for vaccination slots on CoWIN

Gram Vikas trains community volunteers from tribal habitations in Odisha and Jharkhand to support India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive. KNOW MORE

Vaccine Drives, Story
Mobile vans for COVID-19 awareness in communities

Gram Vikas' mobile vans with mounted speakers travel to rural and tribal communities playing pre-recorded audio messages on measures to prevent COVID-19. These communities are remote areas and have no or poor communications access. KNOW MORE

Awareness Drives, Video Story
COVID-19 Response: Migrant workers and families receive food and essential kits

Gram Vikas and CMID ensures access to food and essential materials for migrant workers and their families from Odisha stranded outside the state during the lockdown. KNOW MORE

Migrant Support, News
COVID-19 vaccination drives to ensure 100% registration in 106 tribal habitations in Odisha

Gram Vikas teams help tribal communities overcome vaccine hesitancy through community outreach, information dissemination, dispelling misinformation, and help with registration on CoWIN website. KNOW MORE

Vaccine Drives, News
Outreach to migrant workers and their families

Migrant workers and their families are amongst the worst affected by the pandemic. Although it is an avenue for empowerment, currently it is unsafe and informal given their limited agency, poor access to public services and lack of social security at the destination. Our COVID response focuses especially on migrant households. KNOW MORE

Livelihoods, Report
NREGA helps the rural poor find work and incomes during the pandemic

Gram Vikas supports village local governments in Odisha identify work locally, in building individual assets and community infrastructure, to provide livelihoods for rural households. A story from Tidasing Gram Panchayat where MGNREGS funds were utilised to make farm lands of four farmers cultivable. KNOW MORE

Livelihoods, NREGA, Story
Rural economy does not have jobs for unemployed migrant youth

In Kalahandi, enterprising young men who returned to their villages struggle to find work even as they are apprehensive to go back to their work places outside the state. A story from rural Odisha. KNOW MORE

Livelihood Insecurity, Story
Wives and mothers of migrant workers cope with the burden of separation while having to keep the homes running

With the men who migrated on work losing their jobs post the pandemic lockdown, women back home struggle with dual concern of survival and worry for their sons and husbands. KNOW MORE

Women, Work, Video
Uncertainty over their future looms large for migrant workers without work

The hotel that Ramesh worked at in Kerala shut due to the lockdown and he had to return to his village in Odisha in east India. He does not know how he will take care of his wife, young child and aged parents. KNOW MORE

Livelihood Insecurity, Video Story
Local government response brings much needed relief to families in rural Odisha

Timely distribution of food, pension and other financial assistance by the local governments helps the rural poor to cope with the stress of the pandemic outcomes. KNOW MORE

Government Support, Video Story
Kitchen gardens ensure access to food for families during the lockdown

Women’s efforts in the past on growing vegetables in their backyard nourished by the grey water from household toilets is ensuring a steady supply of food during the pandemic related lockdown in Odisha. KNOW MORE

Food Security, Video Story
The pandemic forces women migrant workers to make different life choices

Women from remote, tribal Odisha who migrated to cities have decided to discontinue working and choose education instead. KNOW MORE

Women Migrants, Video Story
New study highlights the devastation wrought by the pandemic on migrants from tribal and rural communities

The study notes that alleviating acute poverty, indebtedness, malnutrition and starvation deaths among the migrant workers and their families need immediate, simultaneous measures to be taken. KNOW MORE

Evidence, Photostory
Rural women entrepreneurs find livelihood opportunities in preventing pandemic spread

Women in villages of Odisha are using their time to make protective gear to keep their communities safe while earning an income. KNOW MORE

Livelihoods, Video Story
Household piped water supply keeps village communities safe during the pandemic

Solving a water crisis during the pandemic lockdown is next to impossible. But 67,000 households in rural Odisha are staying safe because they solved the water crises in their villages much before the pandemic hit. KNOW MORE

Water, Video Story
Helpline, government linkages and outreach reassure migrant workers stranded due to the pandemic lockdown

An exclusive helpline for migrant workers combined with local government collaboration at destination sites resolves their food, accomodation and health issues. KNOW MORE

Migrant Support, News
Wellbeing initiatives keep stranded migrant workers meaningfully engaged during the lockdown

An initiative, Khelo Bandhu, creatively engages young, stranded migrant workers to help them learn new skills while exploring their interests. KNOW MORE

Mental Health, Photostory


Your smallest contribution can help the affected individuals and communities.