Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS)
Established in 1983, Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS) is a NGO that works to support the development of men, women, and children, regardless of their caste, religion and economic situation. GRAVIS also works towards the rehabilitation of rural communities in the Thar Desert and promotes community ownership.
GRAVIS works locally in more than 850 villages. It also has international partners in countries including Germany, Singapore and USA.
GRAVIS works in a number of areas including health, climate change, social protection, HIV and AIDS, emergencies, disaster risk reduction, rights, policy influencing, livelihoods, social care and the environment.
They recently created a team of village health workers focusing on older people’s health needs. Their water harvesting activities have benefitted over 5,000 older people. GRAVIS has also facilitated the formation of 40 older people’s associations.
The organisation participates in Age Demands Action to raise awareness of older people’s rights. It joined the HelpAge International global network in 2007.
HelpAge India is a secular, not for profit organisation founded in 1978. It works to improve the lives of disadvantaged older people across 33 cities in India.
The organisation’s aim is to give a voice to India’s 90 million older people and better their lives by providing health and financial services.
HelpAge India also raises awareness of older people’s concerns in communities to promote understanding of ageing issues. They also work with national government to develop policies to secure benefits for older people and make older people aware of their rights and entitlements.
The organisation focuses on the importance of income generation. Since 2004, it has organised 4,000 projects to provide agricultural and livestock-rearing skills.
HelpAge India is a founding member of the HelpAge global network. They take part and encourage others to participate in the Age Demands Action campaign.