GRAVIS’ sustainable approach of helping people to help themselves

“Help for self-help”, is a statement related to developmental work, I heard quite often back home in Germany. In my opinion it is of great importance to involve everyone in the process of planning for a sustainable developmental work. And how can I in Germany know what people somewhere very far away, living in a …

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GRAVIS’ efforts on mental health – World Mental Health Day, 2017

Meeting with an elderly GRAVIS colleague was today’s highlight for me. Fragile yet pleasant, impacted by a mental health disorder yet determined, confined with limited mobility yet hopeful, the senior person and the meeting with him educated me further on ageing and the all important mental health dimension – an inevitable path for many.  A …

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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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