My experiences with GRAVIS and India

In India, it is not uncommon to hear the saying ‘Guest is God’. This maxim is repeated free from exaggeration and self-importance. In fact, its truth resides in a lived prioritization of others over self. An American studying in India from September to December, I have witnessed host after host put aside their own comfort …

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100 Years of Independence of Finland : Students from University of Tampere Celebrated at GRAVIS

This week, the Gravis headquarters in Jodhpur is proudly hosting two foreign visitors: Wahiduzzaman Siddique and Otto Vainio. Wahiduzzaman hails from Bangladesh, and now studies at the University of Tampere, Finland. Otto also attends school in Tampere; the same city where he was born and raised. Both students are pursuing master’s degrees at Tampere. They …

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Shashi Tyagi honoured with the Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Outstanding Contribution in the field of Constructive Work

Since 1977 the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation gives awards named after Jamnalal Bajaj annually. This year, the “Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Constructive Work” was given to Shashi Tyagi, the founder of GRAVIS. Jamnalal Bajaj was a freedom fighter, social reformer, humanitarian and a devoted follower of Mahatma Ghandi. He was born in …

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The first journey of GRAVIS’ mobile medical van

Since the threat of malnutrition, constant dehydration and communicable, as well as non-communicable diseases is very high in the Thar Desert, healthcare is one of GRAVIS’ main concerns. The first healthcare programme was invented in the late 1980's and since then GRAVIS steadily expanded its area of impact. Last week GRAVIS started a new programme …

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Recollection of GRAVIS’ food security efforts in Thar on World Food Day

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that about 795 million people of the 7,3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. 190,7 million of them – 14,5% of the population – live in India, which makes India home for the largest undernourished population …

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