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Garhwal Vikas Kendra (GVK) is a non Governmental development organisation sustainable development of the remote Uttarakhand and its vulnerable and marginalised communities, as well as for the conservation of its sensitive eco-system. Grassroots projects are being implemented in the remote area of District Tehri, Uttarkashi and Almora of uttarakhand. Our work is delivered through multiple field offices located in three districts and a central coordination office in Sumankyari of District Tehri.

It was Mr. Parendra Saklani, who took the initiative to register Garhwal Vikas Kendra under the society act, to continue the organization in 1988 and thus gave a formal shape to the centre. Much relief came to him only in 1994, when Indo-German Social Service Society (IGSSS) New Delhi, gave him a fellowship to continue his work as a social activist in Garhwal.

 Much of development action misses the small, indigenous, nature-based communities. They are deprived of their basic needs and their fundamental rights, and some development actions have adverse effects on them. Population density of these neglected regions and groups is usually low and access conditions are poor, factors that hinder delivery of basic welfare services and creation of infrastructure facilities. Vulnerable groups, such as women, marginal farmers and nomadic population also face difficult social and political circumstances. Besides, the process of change is eroding the cultural base, which has been the source of strength for the indigenous communities. The wealth of local arts and crafts, and the traditional knowledge of ecology, architecture and medicine, that have evolved over centuries among these groups, are being lost, and their socio-psychological health being placed at risk.

 GVK’s work is devoted to increasing the choices and opportunities available to the socially, economically and politically disadvantaged. We deliver a range of welfare services to underdeveloped areas and peoples, and work with governments for improved facilities and infrastructure. In particular, we focus on educational facilities , potable water and sanitation facilities, Mother and Child  healthcare services for deprived communities in remote areas.

Many brought forward the issue that, for generations the inhabitants of Uttarakhand had their livelihood system based mainly on subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry and that the support base of these came from natural ecosystem, which provided them with food and fodder. In earlier times there was enough water sources and fertile top soil, which managed its subsistence agriculture. Dependence on forests for fuel, fodder, timber, medicinal herbs and other forest produce were part of its livelihood system.

 After the initial activities on awareness generation and advocacy related to women drudgery, mother and child health, elementary education the Kendra moved in the area of implementing grass root development programmes. Today the Garhwal Vikas Kendra is supported by many state, National and International agencies. The core area remains to be Education and Health, which is focused on women and child. Most of its development programmes and activities keep the issue and welfare of women and child rights while designing and implementing them.

The Garhwal Vikas Kendra always has been pondering over the issue of sustainable hill development for the larger goal of people’s welfare and their well being. This has been an unending task and the Kendra is committed to this task. Presently GVK is campaigning “WE CAN” movement to eliminate violence against women across the State through its chain of volunteers as change makers.

Objectives of Organization:

  1. Health and Education is accessible to every person

  2. The target population is economically self reliant through collective income generation activities

  3. Society is having a symbiotic relation with the natural resources

  4. The society is using technologically improved equipments in the area of agriculture and other productive activities

  5. Women have their say and ownership over the assets of production and natural resources

  6. Protection of Child rights

Important Activities:

  1. Natural Resource Management

  2. Education

  3. Livelihood Improvement

  4. Hygiene and Sanitation

  5. Women Empowerment

  6. Early Childhood care.

  7. Mother and Child health.




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