Clean Water for Drought-Affected Families in India

by Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Gravis)


GRAVIS will build water-collection tanks to ensure easy, continuous access to water for 700 families living in 10 remote villages in Rajasthan, and also give training to grow desert-appropriate crops.
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Poor, marginalized indigenous families eking out a life in the Thar desert contend with a harsh climate, bad infrastructure, and extreme water scarcity. This is worsening with climate change. Women and girls are most affected, spending up to 8 hours a day to collect water. Girls do not generally attend school because they are helping at home. Affordable seeds are also needed for farmers to plant to increase their yields and income from harvests.


GRAVIS trains villagers on water-harvesting projects - saving women and girls time in securing water, freeing up girls to attend school. Farmers are trained in methods of seed stewardship and crop sustainability to increase nutrition & income values.

Long-Term Impact

Trainings and projects will empower people with the skills and resources to have more secure access to water, increased crop yield, and extra income sources. Women will be more economically independent and girls will be able to attend school.

Additional Documentation

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


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Organization Information

Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (Gravis)

Location: Jodhpur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Gillian Wilson
IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

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