Gram Vikas Trust

Enables socio economic development of underprivileged communities by working on programmes in the areas of education, WASH, Food Nutrition & Heath, Sustainable livelihood & Disaster Relief.

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About

  • Headquarters

    Bharuch, Gujarat

  • Since

    2001

Gram Vikas Trust (GVT), a Bharuch-based NGO, came into existence as a result of the motivation and personal initiative of its founder, Mr. Ramesh Kaso Read morendra, to enhance the socio-economic status of underprivileged 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. Effective efforts have resulted in a lasting association with Government, non-government and corporate organisations as also with the communities and groups with whom it has worked. It was established with a view of deriving information and connecting villagers and the Government. # Working with a team of committed people, GVT’s aim has been to secure integrated development through people’s participation. # One of its core strategies is to build links between the communities in these villages and the local Government authorities. # The organisation began its work in 2001 with one child without staff members and established an office in Bharuch three years later. Currently, GVT has a field presence in Gujarat state & other state and have implemented a wide variety of programmes and projects # It currently operates 12 projects with 100+ completed projects addressing key issues in child rights, education, health and hygiene, sustainable livelihood, women empowerment & disaster management etc.


Issue

The organisation is working on the following issues. 1. Access to Education. 2. Quality Education & community empowerment. 3. Girl Child Higher education. 4. Menstrual hygiene management. 5. Child Malnutrition. 6. Health 7. Water and sanitation 8. Infrastructure development. 9. Child Rights 10 . Support to senior citizens.


Action

Programmes during 2022-23 Education: 1. VIDHYASATHI PROGRAMME (A Facilitator who Enables Mediocre Students)-13,000+ Students of Class 3 to 8 of 78 Government Primary Schools. 2. EDUCATION & COMMUNITY PROG - 182 Students of Class 6-10. 110 Parents. 3. BHARAT EDTECH INITIATIVE – improve the learning outcome of 8000 underprivileged students of class 6-10 before and after school through online education application. 4. GIRL CHILD HIGHER EDUCATION 300 girls who are dropped out or likely to drop out re-enrolled in a higher standard still they graduate. 5. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME – Transform the Futures of 70 children with the Sponsorship Scholarship Programme every year. Food Nutrition & Health: 1. FOOD FORTIFICATION PROGRAMME-Strengthen the implementation of the fortification programme, i.e. Double Fortified Salt (DFS) through PDS and PM Poshan and Fortified rice through ICDS, PDS and PM Poshan in all the 33 districts of Gujarat. 2. UNIVERSAL SALT IODIZATION -Universal salt iodization programme aims to support the Government of India’s effort to achieve Universal Salt Iodization (USI) in India. 3. MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PROGRAMME -Provide basic menstrual awareness to adolescent girls and women, and also provide easy accessibility of low-cost high quality sanitary napkins at the village level in 358 villages. 4. HEALTH & NUTRITION PROGRAMME -Raising Health and Nutrition Status of Children and Women of 10,000+ Households. 5. NUTRITIO FOOD KIT DISTRIBUTION - 1,000+ Food Kits distributed every month to senior citizens and malnourished children in association with the ICDS department. 5. VOCATIONAL SKILL BUILDING: Enhancing Employability through Vocational and Skill Development Training among Women, Adolescent Girls, and Youth members in Sewing, Beauty parlour, Basic Computer, Chocolate making, Candle making, Diya making, Rakhi making & Spice making. Every year more than 1500 beneficiaries took the benefit. 7. CHILD LINE 1098: CHILDLINE 1098 is a phone number that spells hope for thousands of children across the Bharuch district. It is a 24-hour a-day, 365 days a year, free, emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance. It not only responds to the emergency needs of children but also links them to relevant services for their long-term care and rehabilitation. Every year it organises awareness programmes for 3500, the in school programme covers more than 7000 students, more than 6000 community members attend various events and more than 650 cases received and rehabilitation.

Impact

Its recent program started in January 2021 in partnership with Nutrition International aiming to impact more than 10, 00,000 beneficiaries in 33 districts of Gujarat. The impact of its past and ongoing programmes can be described in terms of improved health and nutrition conditions of more than 100,000 community members, school children’s improved education, empowerment of girls and women, increased incomes of young women, and enhancement in the overall living conditions of the marginalized communities, as described below. Improved health conditions of the communities: Thousands of socio-economically marginalized community members have been enjoying improved nutrition, health and hygiene through strengthening Anganwadi Centers (AWCs), collaboration with the health department and construction of hundreds of sanitation units constructed by GVT by mobilizing financial resources from various donors. GVT, as a mother NGO in the district, is a partner with the Government health department, resulting in improved health services for the communities, and better health conditions for the children going to AWCs and schools, pregnant women and elderly people. One of the learnings from the school attendance programme was that the children were becoming sick, and not able to attend schools regularly. Improved health conditions of the children have been an example of a significant impact of improved school education. School children’s improved education: More than 10,000 girls and boys (younger and adolescent) have benefitted so far since 2001 through GVT’s education programme. In particular, the girls and boys in primary schools (Grades 1 to 7) have improved learning and confidence, for example, they can read fluently, perform Maths functions correctly, and write and present their work confidently in parent gatherings during the school functions. The adolescent girls, through bicycles given to them to reach remote schools, could study in and pass 10th Grade and many continued their undergraduate studies. Improved attendance, the first challenge addressed, actually contributed greatly to improved education. The COAP initiative (Community Owned Attendance Programme) has ensured almost 100 percent attendance of school going children by addressing many challenges. In one interesting case, the COAP member came to know that a boy in primary school did not come to school because his mother went away to her maternal village due to a conflict with her husband. The COAP members facilitated the family to resolve the conflict, resulting in the mother coming back to the village, and the boy resuming his attendance at school. There are many such interesting examples demonstrated by GVT. Empowerment of girls and women: Providing bicycles to more than 2,800 adolescent girls to reach remote schools not only provided them with continued education opportunities but also empowered them through increased confidence. GVT promoted women’s Self-help Groups (SHGs), which provided a platform for the women to come together, exchange ideas, and take up collective income generation activities, ultimately resulting in their socio - economic and political empowerment. Increased incomes of young women: GVT identifies young women with a drive for learning new skills and earning income to be self-reliant. More than 1,200 trained young women are earning incomes through small businesses such as basic computer work, beauty parlour, tailoring and handicraft. Their incomes contribute to their families' incomes, which indirectly contribute to school-going children’s education in terms of expenses for notebooks and stationery items. Enhancement in the overall living condition of the marginalized communities: Overall impact as a combination of all the above broad impact indicators suggests that more than 100,000 community members living in more than 1,000 villages have been enjoying a better quality of life through GVT’s integrated programme interventions.

Vision & Mission

Vision:We are committed to creating a strong and independent society without inequalities and discrimination, where everybody enjoys equal opportunities.
Mission : To foster democratic and equitable living environment, where all vulnerable people, especially the underprivileged, children and women have access to education, health, sustainable livelihood opportunity and essential infrastructure services irrespective of their economic and social status.

Donor History

1. Nutrition International Canada
2. Give Foundation USA/India
3. Aarti Industries Ltd.
4. LSP Foundation USA
5. Asian Paints Ltd.

Programs

  • Sustainable Livelihood Programme

    District
    State

    Through two training centres, GVT provides skill training to poor youth, especially women, in handicrafts, computer operations, tailoring, and Beautician courses.

  • Child Line 1098

    District
    State

    Child line 1098 is a phone number that spells hope for millions of children across India. It’s a 24*7*365 days a year free, emergency phone services for children in need of assistance. We not only respond to the emergency needs of children but also link them to relevant services for their long – term care and rehabilitation. Child line India foundation (CIF) is the nodal agency of the union ministry of women and child development.

  • Vidhyasathi Program

    District
    State

    Vidhya sathi program is an effort to address the learning challenges of slow learner’s students from 3 to 8 in government schools of Gujarat. Gram Vikas trust with the financial support of Arti industries working in the 72 government schools of the district and appointed 78 vidhya sathis in all the schools. GVT perform the baseline assessments during the start of academic year and select Priyabalak (students with low learning ability) and perform yearlong intervention to improve their learning outcome through Vidhya sathis.GVT also perform periodic assessments so the students with improved learning ability can join the regular classrooms teaching without a need of special intervention required. GVT assessed 35000 students till now to identify Priya balak and impacted the learning level of 13,403 Priyabalaks.

  • Menstrual Hygiene Management

    Menstruation is an integral part of female life. Globally, approximately 52% of the female population is on reproductive age and menstruates for two to seven days, every month. In rural and backward area of India, menstruating girls are considered impure. They are often kept in isolation for as long as they menstruate and treated like untouchables. Menstrual hygiene and basic sanitation are fundamental to the wellbeing of the female gender. Yet, a vast majority of the rural population has no access to clean sanitary products that are commonly available in other parts of the world. Or even to a clean and private facility where they can change their menstrual cloths/pads and keep themselves disease free. Millions of girls and women are subject to severe restrictions in their daily lives-simply because they are menstruating. Besides health problems, poor hygiene practices during menstruation push girls temporarily, and in many cases permanently out of school.

  • Bharat Edtech Initiative

    Bharat EdTech initiative is a program which aims to improve the learning outcome of 1 million underprivileged students till 2025. For this BEI partnered with many NGOs to perform the on ground intervention and implement the education technology solutions. GVT (Gram Vikas trust) is the major partner of the program working in Bharuch and Vadodara district of gujarat.GVT is working with 8000 underprivileged students in 98 government schools. GVT support students to effectively engage in EdTech platform with community level resource person and provide mentorship in any kind of learning & technical issue. GVT successfully maintained 98% weekly engagement during this intervention. GVT also working to improve the parental involvement in child learning and village level stakeholder’s involvement to effectively implement EdTech solutions.

  • Support Government Of Gujarat In Increasing The Coverage And Improving The Quality Of Food Fortification Programs

    State

    Among all the nutritional deficiencies worldwide, iron deficiency anaemia is the most widespread nutritional deficiency. As per National Family Health Survey – 4 (2015-16), 55% of the women aged 15-49 years, 51% of pregnant women and 63% children under five years are anaemic. The prevalence of anemia across all age group is higher than the national average. As per the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (2016-2018) the prevalence of anemia in adolescents aged 10 to 19 years, is 21.5% in India and 35% in Gujarat. In order to improve dietary iron intake, the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD), Government of Gujarat (GoGJ) has introduced Double Fortified Salt (DFS) through Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in 2018 named “Satva”. Through this initiative, anganwadi centres (AWCs) will use Double Fortified Salt in preparation of hot cooked meal served to 3-6 year old children, and distribute 1 kg of DFS take home ration to adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women across the state. As a technical partner of DWCD, Gujarat, Nutrition International (NI) is providing technical support in implementing and scaling up DFS through ICDS across 33 districts of the state. This support consists of providing inputs to customize existing processes of the government in procurement of fortified staples, capacity building of government officials at state, district and block level, institutionalising quality assurance mechanisms, developing and executing a behaviour change communication campaign, and providing feedback to the government based on routine monitoring of the program implementation. Further NI also envisages to extend technical support to the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (DFCSCA) on introduction of fortified staple foods including DFS and rice.

Impact Metrics

  • Vocational Training Provided to Youth

    Program Name

    Skill Development

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2017-18 661
    • 2018-19 1000
    • 2019-20 95
    • 2020-21 300
    • 2021-22 850
  • Children Provided Help and Support

    Program Name

    Child Line 1098

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2018-19 150
    • 2019-20 475
    • 2020-21 800
    • 2021-22 2500
  • Total No of Students Converted to Normal Learning Level From Priyabalak.

    Program Name

    Vidhyasathi Programme

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 4937
    • 2020-21 4430
    • 2021-22 4036
  • Awareness

    Program Name

    Menstrual Hygiene Management

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 78000
    • 2020-21 102000
    • 2021-22 162000
  • Sanitary Pads Production

    Program Name

    Menstrual Hygiene management

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 32000
    • 2020-21 48000
    • 2021-22 64000
  • Total No of Students Engaged/On Boarded

    Program Name

    Bharat Edtech Initiatives

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2020-21 3600
    • 2021-22 8000
  • Underprivileged Children Protected

    Program Name

    Child Line 1098

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 263
    • 2020-21 343
    • 2021-22 385
  • Reach for Awareness

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 78000
    • 2020-21 102000
    • 2021-22 162000
  • Underprivileged Children Reached for Awarenes

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 8974
    • 2020-21 10809
    • 2021-22 12000
  • Families Covered

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 0
    • 2020-21 250000
    • 2021-22 500000
  • Total No of Students Engaged/On Boarded

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 0
    • 2020-21 3600
    • 2021-22 8000
  • Total No of Students Converted to Normal Learning Level From Priyabalak.

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 4937
    • 2020-21 4430
    • 2021-22 4036
  • Reach for Awareness

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 78000
    • 2020-21 102000
    • 2021-22 162000
  • Underprivileged Children Reached for Awarenes

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 8974
    • 2020-21 10809
    • 2021-22 12000

Theory of Change

Gram Vikas Trust believes that we can address equity gaps by developing more bespoke, equitable, and effective over all development main focus on education models that provide holistic support for children. Our theory of change rests on funding organizations that are advancing one major shifts in service of this goal:
- Shifting from "one-size-fits-all" to "child-centric" learning models

Gram Vikas Trust must also meet three selection criteria that ensure their work will be effective in creating long-lasting change for those who need it most:
- Commitment to the underserved
- Evidence-based approach
- Systemic approach to change

Our ‘Theory of Change’ is supported heavily by how our organization is managed. As a lateral organization, we believe in individuals becoming empowered and aligned with our organizational goals as a result of their own objective selfishness.

Milestones & Track Record

School children’s improved education: More than 10,000 girls and boys (younger and adolescent) have benefitted so far since 2001 through GVT’s education program. In particular, the girls and boys in primary schools (Grades 1 to 7) have improved learning and confidence. Improved attendance, the first challenge addressed, actually contributed greatly to improved education. The COAP initiative (Community Owned Attendance Program) has ensured almost 100 percent attendance of school going children by addressing many challenges.

Empowerment of girls and women: Providing bicycles to more than 2,800 adolescent girls to reach a bit far away school not only provided them continued education opportunity, but also empowered them through increased confidence. GVT promoted women’s Self-help Groups (SHGs), which provided a platform for the women to come together, exchange ideas, and take up collective income generation activities, ultimately resulting in their socio-economic and political empowerment.

Increased incomes of the young women: GVT identifies young women with drive for learning new skills and earning income to be self-reliant. More than 1,200 trained young women are earning incomes through small businesses such as basic computer work, beauty parlour, tailoring and handicraft. Their incomes contribute to their families’ incomes, which indirectly contribute to school going children’s education in terms of expenses for note books and stationery items.

Enhancement in the overall living condition of the marginalized communities: Overall impact as a combination of all the above broad impact indicators suggest that more than 100,000 community members living in more than 1,000 villages have been enjoying better quality of life through GVT’s integrated program interventions.

Donor Testimonial

By Reach To Teach, UK -
GVT and Reach to Teach (RTT) have been partnering to implement projects for improving learning outcomes of children of government primary schools in Bharuch district for about five years. Combining GVT’s deep community connect and RTT’s expertise in improving teaching and learning, we’ve managed to touch the lives of thousands of children and bring about sustained improvements in government primary schools in Vagra and Jhagadiya blocks. GVT is known for its collaborative relationship with the district education department. We’ve found GVT to be flexible and receptive to suggestions for improving its internal systems and processes to meet professional standards. I would say the biggest strength of GVT is its strong and committed team built over the last five years under the passionate leadership of its founder, Ramesh Kasondra. GVT maintains a very positive work culture where there’s space for everyone to participate and engage in open conversations.

Leadership Team

  • Ramesh J. Kasondra

    Founder & President

  • Mahmad Arif Vohra

    Project Lead Manager

  • Devendra Sukla

    Project Manager

  • Anurag Tripathi

    Programme Manager

  • Jigishaben Zala

    Programme Officer

  • Janak Mori

    Project Coordinator

  • Vaishali Prakda

    Project Coordinator

  • Chirag Patel

    Finance Officer

  • Rajashree Dabhi

    Programme Coordinator

Demographics & Structure

  • No. of Employees

    100+

  • Strength of Governing Body

    5

  • Diversity Metrics

    80% women

M&E

  • Internal, External Assessors

    Yes

Policies

  • Ethics and Transparency Policies

    Yes

  • Formal CEO Oversight & Compensation Policy

    No

Political & Religious Declarations

  • On Affiliation if any

    No

  • On Deployment Bias if any

    No

Organisation Structure

Organisation Structure

Yes

Awards & Recognitions

Ministry of Corporate Affairs Govt of India

Registration Details

  • PAN Card

    AAATG6226G

  • Registration ID

    E -2875

  • VO ID / Darpan ID

    GJ/2009/0001302

  • 12A

    AAATG6226GE20214

  • 80G

    AAATG6226GF20214

  • FCRA

    041990061

  • CSR Registration Number

    CSR00000175

Location

  • Headquarters

    A-18, Pushapdhan Banglows, Link Road, Near HDFC Bank, Bharuch, 392001

    Directions
  • Offices in Cities

Other Details

  • Parent Organisation

    NA

  • Sister Organisation

    NA

  • Type & Sub Type

    Non-profit
    Trust

Financial Details

 Income / Expenses
  • 2019-20

    Income
    Rs.38,711,094
    Expenses
    Rs.37,452,687
    Admin Expenses
    Rs.6,366,956
    Program Expenses
    Rs.31,085,731
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  • 2020-21

    Income
    Rs.21,171,589
    Expenses
    Rs.20,542,550
    Admin Expenses
    Rs.3,081,382
    Program Expenses
    Rs.17,461,168
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  • 2021-22

    Income
    Rs.58,899,223
    Expenses
    Rs.57,856,578
    Admin Expenses
    Rs.5,785,657
    Program Expenses
    Rs.52,070,921
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Government Partnerships

Ministry of women and child development Government of India.