About our organization
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.
Approach:
Gram Vikas Trust believes that:
  1. Poverty and powerlessness, in the context of economic growth in 21st century, are avoidable, preventable and can be addressed;
  2. Basic human needs and rights are achievable goals for all the human beings. Everyone, irrespective of one’s specific socio-economic, political or other status, has rights to a sustainable livelihood, to participate in developmental activities, and to contribute positively towards making people’s lives better.
  3. Inequalities between rich and poor and between geographical locations can be and should be reduced ultimately contributing towards creating a just society.
Longer-term strategy:
GVT is in the process of defining longer-term Strategic Objectives (SOs) in order to achieve the lasting positive impact in the lives of the underprivileged communities through realization of the organisation’s vision and mission more effectively. It is envisaged that the organisation will have SOs for the five year period, 2016 to 2020. We humbly seek support from our partners in this endeavor. For more information, please contact Mr. Ghanshyam Jethwa, Executive Director, at g.jethwa@gvtbharuch.org.