While India's economy continues to grow rapidly, hundreds of millions of people across the country still live with poverty, malnutrition, unhygienic living conditions, and without access to clean drinking water.

About a third of the world's poor live in India, battling blatant gender and class inequalities to climb out of poverty. Safe drinking water and improved sanitation can give these families a chance for healthier, happier lives.




Building a well is the easy part

How we're working with our partners to tackle the issue of sustainability, educate communities, and fund mechanics programs to repair broken water projects.

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Asharfi's Story

Asharfi taught himself how to repair broken wells. He lives in one of India's poorest states, where he's known as the man who can fix any water problem.

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58,345 Hours For Clean Water

For more than 30 years, Gram Vikas has taken a unique approach to development work. For them, water is the key to health, participation and sustainability.

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About India

  • 1,311,050,527 national population
  • 21.2% live below poverty line*
  • * Living below the poverty line is defined as earning less than $1.90/day.
  • 15.02% of rural lack access to water *
  • 66.2% of rural lack sanitation *
  • * We work almost exclusively in rural areas, where the need for clean water is incredibly great.

Our Work Here

  • Started working in 2008
  • 397,721 people served *
  • * This number represents the total number of people who will gain access to clean water after all projects have been completed. This number is updated periodically as we receive new information from the field.
  • 2,087 projects funded
  • $7,254,211 invested