Building dignity through habitat development India



Enabling poor and marginalized rural communities in Orissa, India to lead a dignified quality of life through community managed development of habitat including housing, water supply and sanitation.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Orissa is one of the poorest states in India. More than 80% of the total population of 38 million people live in rural villages and below the poverty line. Gram Vikas works primarily with the poorest, enabling them to break the cycle of poverty and lead a dignified life. Currently working with 20,000 families Gram Vikas proposes to reach 100,000 families by 2015. With $44,000 we can reach 100 families at $440 per family.

How will this project solve this problem?

Inclusion of families in poor habitations for development of disaster-proof housing, protected water supply and sanitation. Building institutional capacities, for communities to collectively manage common assets and other aspects of decision-making.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project aims to reduce the vulnerability of poor communities and improve their overall quality of life. Women's drudgery in household maintenance is reduced. Illnesses are reduced and an upward spiral of development is triggered in the villages.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,366

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,366 .  The original project funding goal was $44,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 8 donors like you, a total of $2,366 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Gram Vikas

Berhampur, Orissa, India

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