Gram Vikas Trust

Project Brief: Gram Vikas Trust known as GVT is a non-profit organization established in the year 1999.. Asha Dallas is evaluating to support Balwadi education at Dahej and Kadodara.
Project Type: Pre-Primary (description)
Primary Focus: children of migrant workers (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Dallas
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Bela Vasavada
Project Partner(s): Ramesh Kasondra
Other Contacts: Anuradha Bulusu
Project Address: , A-18, Pushpadhan Bungalows,,Link Road, Near : HFDC Bank,Bharuch,
GUJARAT  392001
Tel: +91 9904402621
Stewarding Chapter: Dallas
Jun 2016AtlantaUSD 3375
Apr 2016AtlantaUSD 13778
Aug 2015SheffieldUSD 2178
Jun 2015AtlantaUSD 14364
Feb 2015DallasUSD 6335
Jul 2014AtlantaUSD 14675
Feb 2014SheffieldUSD 1146
Dec 2013DallasUSD 6164
May 2013AtlantaUSD 2262
Feb 2013AtlantaUSD 2000
Dec 2012SheffieldGBP 700
Jun 2012AtlantaUSD 2400
Jun 2011DallasUSD 5520
Mar 2011AtlantaUSD 1000
Mar 2010DallasUSD 5000
Dec 2009DallasUSD 4000
Feb 2009DallasUSD 4883
Nov 2008Work an HourUSD 2605
Aug 2008Work an HourUSD 7100
Feb 2008DallasUSD 5387
Jun 2007CentralNJUSD 5500
Aug 2006CentralNJUSD 5100
Jul 2006CentralNJUSD 8000
Jun 2006DallasUSD 5000
Apr 2006CentralNJUSD 2000

Total = $130880.898

The main goal of Gram Vikas Trust is to help improve the social and economic conditions of the population in drought prone Bharuch and Narmada districts of Gujarat. They believe that their goal can be achieved mainly through education which creates awareness and enhances self development, action and empowerment.

The population predominantly consists of farmers. The area is extremely drought prone and the soil quality is also very poor. The ground water levels are too low. Under such extreme environmental conditions the farmers end up growing only one crop a year. This again depends entirely on the yearly monsoons as there are no other sources of irrigation. When there is no farming possible the farmers are forced to work for wages by migrating to nearby mines and factories. Such situations have led to very low literacy rates and high drop outs from schools in this region.

Gram Vikas Trust is slowly changing this scenario and one of their focuses is building balwadis in many villages and encouraging children to go to school.

Self sustenance: The government usually takes over and supports these balwadis after three years of operation. All the initial effort is done by GVT, as the government is not ready to take up the initiative for such an approach.

Support a Child program: GVT also chooses children based on need and merit and provide them with scholarships from Asha’s Support a Child program. A committee consisting of the village leader, teachers, school principal and a representative from GVT choose children based on the following for the program:

1. He/She should be from Below Poverty Line Family (BPL) whose income is not more than 3000Rs per year.
2. The attendance of the children in school should be more than 80 %.
3. The students rank is from 1st to 10th in the class.
4. The committee will decide the selection of adoption and that is final.
There is no caste involved.

The students are from the villages of Vagra block of Bharuch district and most of the villages are within a radius of 15 to 20 KM.

Check out some of the photos of the Balwadis and primary schools.



Since 2012, Asha Sheffield has become co-steward of the project supporting one school under "Sikshana" project of Gram Vikas Trust for various activities including education materials, parateachers, scholarships, TLMs, mentoring and monitoring. From 2015 onwards, Sheffield chapter has started supporting two schools under "Sikshana" project. Please contact Sachin Prabhu (s.prabhu AT sheffield DOT ac DOT uk) for any questions regarding this aspect of the project.
1) To provide pre-primary education in Bharuch district - Dahej, Kadodara and Lakhigam villages through construction of Balwadis and through Support a Child program.

2) To provide BiCycles to Girl students so that they can continue their education (distance to School is one of the main factors for drop outs)

3) Sikshana Model to work different Schools
Gram Vikas Trust , Bharuch known as GVT is a non – profit, Non-Government Organization established in the year 1999. The organization is working in Vagra and Nandod blocks of Bharuch district and other economically vulnerable geographical regions of Gujarat.

In 1998 two members of AKRSP decided to set up an organization for stimulating development action. Under the legal entity of Gram Vikas Trust, a process of building the local team was initiated. GVT was started with an overview of evolving information and making linkage between the villagers and government. The organization also undertook base line survey in 1998-99 to acquaint itself with the resources in the coastal villages and that of low literacy rate (37%), poor health care, and unemployment. These surveys helped in identifying priority areas where the organization could begin its work and expand. Accordingly focus areas were identified as Education, Health, Natural Resource Management and Women empowerment.
trusteegvt@gmail.com
Jan 2017 SAC Proposal 2016-2017
Jan 2017 GVT Visit Report 2016
Dec 2016 GVTSiteVisitAshaAtlanta_Dec2016
Jun 2016 ParaTeacherProposal2016_2017
Feb 2016 Bicycle Proposal Atlanta 2016_2017
Feb 2016 Sikshana Proposal 2016_2017
Feb 2016 Vocational Training Proposal & Q&A 2016_2017
Apr 2015 AtlantaBicycleProposal2015_2016
Apr 2015 AtlantaSikshanaProposal2015_2016
Apr 2015 AtlantaVocationalTrainingProposal2015_2016
Mar 2015 Sheffield GVT Proposal (2014-15)
Mar 2015 ApprovalMoM-Sheffield-2015
Nov 2014 AnuBulusuSiteVisit_Nov2014
Nov 2014 GVT SAC meeting minutes
Nov 2014 GVT_proposal_budget_2014_15
Nov 2014 GVT_proposal_budget_2014_15
Apr 2014 AtlantaBicycleProjectProgress_Proposal_2014_15
Apr 2014 AtlantaSikshanaProjectProgress_Proposal_2014_15
Apr 2014 AtlantaVocationalTrainingProposal_QaA_2014_15
Feb 2014 ReceiptOfFunds2014
Jan 2014 Sheffield_Approval_Minutes
Jan 2014 Sheffield_Proposal_2013-14
Dec 2013 GVT SAC Proposal 2014-2015
Dec 2013 GRam Vikas Trust SAC Expense Budget
Nov 2013 GVT SAC Proposal 2013
Oct 2013 Site Visit Report 2013
Oct 2013 GVT Site Visit Report
Oct 2013 GVT Site Visit Photos 2013
Aug 2013 Sheffield Siksana Update
May 2013 Site Visit 2013 Minutes
Mar 2013 Atlanta - Sikshana Proposal (2013-2014)
Mar 2013 Atlanta - Bicycle Proposal (2013-2014)
Mar 2013 Sheffield Receipt Of Funds
Mar 2013 Sheffield_Proposal_2012-2013
Feb 2013 UrgentProposalforParaTeacherHire2013
May 2012 Sikshana Info & Q-A (Atlanta)
Apr 2012 BiCycle Proposal (Atlanta)
Jan 2012 Sikshana Proposal
May 2011 GVT SAC Proposal
Apr 2011 GVT SAC Meeting Minutes
Feb 2011 GVT Site Vsit Photos
Feb 2011 GVT Site Visit Report 2011
Feb 2011 Bycycle Project Photos
Nov 2010 GVT History
Oct 2010 Girl Child Education Through Bicycle Project
Feb 2010 SiteVisit_Feb2010
Dec 2009 December2009_SiteVisit_wPics
Nov 2009 BicycleProjectReview
Jun 2009 BicycleProjectProposal.doc
Jun 2008 Annual Report 2007-2008
May 2008 WAH 2008 Proposal
Mar 2008 Lakhigam Proposal
Mar 2008 Kododara_Lakhigam_Site_Visit_Report
Mar 2008 Gram Vikas Trust Success Stories
Mar 2008 Kadodara_Lakhigam_photos
Feb 2008 2007 Audit report
Feb 2007 2006 Audit report
Dec 2006 Site Visit Report for Palsi Balwadi
Dec 2006 Pictures from Site Visit Report to Palsi village
Oct 2006 Presentation from "Know Your Projects" session
Jun 2006 Proposal for Palsi village
Apr 2006 Second Site Visit Report
Apr 2006 Second Site Visit Pictures
May 2005 Site Visit for Dahej Balwadi
May 2005 Updates on Questions
Feb 2005 Proposal for Balwadi in Dahej