Gram Vikas Trust (GVT) is a voluntary organization working for the education, health and women’s empowerment in the underprivileged communities, especially with children and women.
GVT was initiated with a view to evolving information and making linkage between the villagers and the government. We believed that knowledge would lead to awareness, which would further lead to self-development, empowerment and action.
Since its inception in 2001, GVT has been working with the people from the marginalised communities who, within the complex socio-political climate, are vulnerable to exploitation. Working today in more than 200 villages of Bharuch and Narmada districts of Gujarat state, GVT upholds main convictions within its mission:
II. Water,Sanitation & Hygiene
III.Food, Nutrition & Health
V. Disaster Management
Gram Vikas Trust (GVT) came into existence as a result of the motivation and personal initiative of its founder, Mr. Ramesh Kasondra, to enhance the socio-economic status of the underprivileged people. Hailing from a rural family, the founder was no stranger to hardships faced by the underprivileged. Having overcome economic and social challenges, due to the backing and economic blessings from certain elder society leaders, the founder set out to do his best to make a positive difference in the lives of fellow underprivileged.
Working with a team of committed people, GVT’s aim has been to secure integrated development through people’s participation. The key areas identified for interventions include child rights, education, health and hygiene, sustainable livelihood, and women empowerment. Our efforts have developed lasting association with government, non-government and corporate organizations as also with the communities and groups with whom we have worked.
We have come a long way following a small beginning in June 2001, and have implemented a wide variety of projects related to child rights for change, reproductive child health care, quality education, watershed development, wasteland development, tribal development, low cost sanitation, alternate energy sources, self-help groups, vocational training to youth, and women empowerment in Bharuch and Narmada Districts of Gujarat state in India. While implementing different developmental projects, our thrust has always been on working through people’s participation. At GVT, we have always believed in the capacities and capabilities of the communities, and have always strived to channel their hidden energies for the betterment of society at large. Our efforts have always been directed towards creating an environment that is conducive of enhancing opportunities to local people to think and act positively. We have always endeavored to develop skills and competencies of the local communities with a view to enabling them to operate and maintain the assets created through the implementation of the projects on sustainable basis.
This philosophy of ours has led us to adopt a holistic and participatory approach to rural development. We believe in inclusive approach, covering all the sections of the society, particularly the underprivileged, in a village. We work with the existing village level fora (and creating new ones wherever necessary) through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) approaches, principles and techniques.