Promoting health throughout Hygiene and Sanitation

Hygiene and Sanitation are long term issues but the density of population in India makes them prevalent. The WHO points out that 50% of malnutrition is related to insufficient hygiene and inadequate sanitation through repeated diarrhea or intestinal infection. In the Thar Desert, natural conditions are not helpful considering the lack of clean water but …

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Two months of rains for one year of water, the Thar Desert at the mercy of the monsoon

The monsoon is the big event of the Thar Desert; thousands of families are craving the first rain drop in order to bring life again to their land. The monsoon sets over in mid June and lasts up to the beginning of September. It represents 97% of the annual rainfall therefore around 244 mm over …

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Participating in sustainable change: my journey with GRAVIS as a volunteer

2017 marks the tenth year that I have been associated with GRAVIS. On hearing this, people frequently ask me how I came to join this NGO first and what changes I have witnessed over the past 10 years with GRAVIS. In today’s post I will try to answer these questions. When I first came to …

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“GRAVIS observes the International Day to Combat Droughts and Desertification”

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nation Initiative to raise awareness on international efforts to combat desertification. Following the United Nations, desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas; it does not refer to the expansion of existing deserts. The main caused are human activities and climatic …

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2017 in India – GRAVIS raises the voices of older people

As the population ageing continues as a major demographic change around the world, the numbers of older people or senior citizens keep rising. While traditionally, older people are an important part of families in India, the situation has been changing rapidly in recent years. In the multi-generation homes of many Indians, older people have to …

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