Gram Vikas runs a fairly large program in education, covering about 300 villages, through primary education - that is up to class five. There are residential schools which are located in three districts - Ganjam, Gajapati, Kalahandi, for tribal children from remote and inaccessible villages. In addition to these there are pre-school training centers in all the villages. There is a resident village volunteer and a 'balwadi mother' in each village to run the center in the village.
Gram Vikas founded in 1971 has a permanent staff of 270 people and has a multi-crore annual budget. Gram Vikas focuses on areas other than education such as safe drinking water, primary health care and hygienic living conditions. ASHA typically doesn't fund large and well-funded organizations like Gram Vikas but it made an exception for this project because: i) the devastating cyclone in Orissa (one-time event) ruined well-functioning schools operated by Gram Vikas and Gram Vikas lacked funding to re-build these schools, ii) high level of comfort with the people at Gram Vikas and their ability to reconstruct the schools within a reasonable period of time.