पुरस्कार!! ग्रामपरी आदर्श महिला सरपंच व आदर्श बचत गट पुरस्कार २०१४

ग्रामपरी, ग्रामीण व पर्यावरण केंद्र, हा IofC (पाऊले परिवर्तनाची) चा ग्रामीण विकासासाठी समर्पित उपक्रम असून या मार्फत पाणी, स्वच्छता व आरोग्य, पाणलोट क्षेत्र, नेतृत्व व प्रशिक्षण, स्वावलंबी उपजीविकेसाठी विविध प्रशिक्षणे व उपक्रम हे कार्यक्रम कार्यान्वित केले जातात. व्यक्तिगत बदलासाठी IofC ज्या सिद्धांतांवर काम करते ते सिद्धांत म्हणजे संपूर्ण प्रेम, पवित्रता, निस्वार्थिपणा व प्रामाणिकता. हे सिद्धांत…

October and November 2012 WASH Updates

We celebrated GHD (Global Handwashing Day) 2012 with two large events last year. The first was held on Mahatma Gandhiji’s birthday – a huge event in India.  While Gandhi is synonymous with the independence struggle in India, he also is often quoted on sanitation and hygiene.  We invited high ranking government officials and education leaders…

Grampari Computer Workshop

Recently Grampari had computer/internet workshop. The workshop was for the girls of Abhepuri village. After discussion with the Nilam Mandhre, the sarpanch of the village, we mutually decided to have this kind of workshop. This workshop had two objectives. to build the web presence of Abhepuri. to make the girls learn internet and social media…

Grampari’s SHG joins the Protest!

The ladies from the villages of Dandhegar and Godavali organised a protest rally on August 21st to support Anna Hazare’s fight against corruption.  Comments from one of our staff who joined in are below: “I look around me and cannot help but smile.  Kalpana beats on a drum and jostles the others to make sure…

Dramatic BEFORE and AFTER pics from Grampari!

Symbiosis Institute Media and Communication (SIMC) from Pune visited Grampari on September 27th.  They toured around learning about compost and tippy taps and then had a chance to get their hands dirty! Check out their work stabilizing a bank, filling up the compost pits, building a seed bed and making room for our citrus trees to breathe…

Grampari’s Nimbu Field

The Nimbu (lemon) field at Grampari had a dramatic makeover this last month and we’re reaping the fruits of our labour – literally! Earlier this year, after drinking in monsoon rains, the weeds in this area had taken over the field and were choking the trees. With help from our team members, AP staff, interns…

GRAMPARI HITS THE ROAD!

After many phone calls, showroom visits, dealer discussion and internet hunting, Grampari finally has its own vehicles! We recently purchased a 9 seater Mahindra Bolero with a substantial discount due to the charitable registration of ‘Friends of MRA’ . The vehicle is registered and insured and we’ve taken it for several village visits and even to Baramati so far. We…

Organic Garden at Grampari

We’ve started round 2 of our organic garden at Grampari!  This year’s menu includes tomatoes, chillies, onions, garlic, eggplants and cabbages!  The tomato seedlings we’ve transplanted to the garden are volunteer plants that just popped up around the edges of the field: free and locally adapted! The purpose of this organic garden is not just…

In pursuit of vermicompost

Our ongoing quest to secure vermicompost for the Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG) at Grampari started seeing results! A student in one of Grampari’s sewing classes, Aparna, invited us to her village, Rajapuri, to see her family’s vermicompost set-up. Five team members and the sewing class girls from Rajapuri hopped in the Bolero for an impromptu…

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once”

A lot has happened on the watershed programme front in the last few months, from helping mobilize the villages of Taighat and Pachputewadi to facilitating a watershed and village mapping meeting with agricultural officers and residents of Abhepuri. We had the Block Development Officer of Mahabaleshwar area asking Grampari to host a planning meeting for…