BENEFITING: SKOLL COMMUNITY FUND
ORGANIZER: Gram Vikas
Gram Vikas wrote -
Donate to Gram Vikas today and help us provide safe drinking water and quality sanitation faciliteis to thousands of poor families livling in isolated villages in rural India!!!
In 2010 the UN recognized "the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights". Yet, at the beginning of the 21st century, lack of access to water and sanitation are still major causes of death and diseases in developing countries. In India, nearly 49.2% of the housholds have no sanitation facility; and the country alone makes up for 60% of open defecation worldwide!!! This translates in easily preventable and curable diseases causing the death of millions of Indians every years (especially children under 5 years of age), and therefore in poverty and hunger.
At Gram Vikas we work to change this ignoble state of things. In particular, our main area of operation is the eastern state of Odisha, which is one of the poorest and with the lowest human development indicators in the whole country. And we mainly work towards the improvement of the living conditions of the poorest and most marginalized communities in rural india: adivasis (scheduled tribes) and dalits (scheduled castes, also known as untouchables).
Using common water and sanitation concerns, we not only work to improve the health and hygiene conditions of these people, but above all we facilitate their cooperation to overcome shared problems overcoming societal and caste barriers. Indeed, social exclusion is the real bane of rural societies in Odisha and across India.
WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT OUR CAUSE
After more than 30 years from its start, Gram Vikas’ commitment to the needs of the rural poor remains unscathed, and it is strengthened by statements like the one of Lalita Malik, from Tamana village: “Our village is better than the town. We have 24*7 piped water supplies to all families, without exception. Every family has its own toilet and bathing room as well. When we seek marriage alliances, our daughters ask us – ‘ would there be similar facilities there as well?”
As of March 2013, we have been able to implement our water and sanitation projects in over 1043 villages, providing individual toilets and bathing rooms for 60,763 families, and facilitating the involvement of around 330,000 individuals.
These results are surely significant, but much still needs to be done: Indeed, poor hygiene conditions directly affect health and living conditions of the rural poor, making it impossible for them to exit their state of poverty.
Health is the most important economic asset of the poor. If they are not healthy they cannot work, if they cannot work they cannot sustain their basic everyday needs (let alone gain some extra-income); furthermore, every day lost due to sickness does not only represent loss of potential additional income, but also high expenditures on healthcare services, which contribute to further impoverish them.
Thus, if You want to help us in our fight against poverty in Odisha, please visit our website at http://gramvikas.org/, or follow us on our Facebook page to get all our latest news https://www.facebook.com/GramVikasOfficial?fref=ts.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Every contribution, even the smallest one, is essential, hence we invite you to support Gram Vikas in its efforts to provide clean drinking water, better health and a dignified life to the rural poor. Following are some examples of how your contribution can help us providing clean water and sanitation services to the rural poor in Odisha:
- 14 US$ will have provide a family with a toilet pan, and the three taps: 1 in the bathroom, 1 in the toilet, and one in the kitchen;
- With 48 US$ we will be able to provide hygiene training for school children for one day;
- 100 US$ will help us buy all the necessary hardware (steel, cement, doors, etc.) for the construction of one toilet and one bathroom for one household.
- By giving 190 US$ you will help us purchase water testing units, which are essentail to ensure that the drinking water in the villages is potable;
- With 328 US$ you will help us build a toilet and a shower room for 1 family;
- 1.970 US$ covers the costs of constructing a borewell or a dugwell, the essential water source of one entire village;
- Lastly, with 4.920 US$ You will have provided one village with its own water tower.