Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS)

GRAVIS is a leading NGO working in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Bundelkhand regions of India. Since being founded in 1983, we have come to occupy a strong recognition nationally and internationally for our dedicated work among impoverished rural communities.

The majority of GRAVIS’ work falls under drought mitigation caused by the water crisis in the Thar Desert, we believe in an integrated approach to sustainable development, working to not only enable a secure and safe source of water for drinking and irrigation, but also transforming lives through education, healthcare, microfinance and advocacy for the rights of those more vulnerable in society. Working closely with communities at a grassroots level ensures that deep change can be effected across all areas of life and for all members of society.

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Endorsers that Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS) partner with


EdelGive Foundation

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

EdelGive Foundation

EdelGive Foundation is a Philanthropic Asset Manager and Advisory Partner to funders such as individuals, HNIs, corporates, institutional and foundations- both international and domestic, with a specialisation in multi- stakeholder collaboration. EdelGive’s unique philanthropic model places them at the center of grant-making by providing initial grants and managing funding from other institutional, HNIs and corporate partners. These grants are used for both the financial and non-financial growth of small to mid-size grassroots NGOs committed to empowering vulnerable children, women, and communities. Since its inception, EdelGive has supported over 166 organisations across 167 districts in 17 states of India, influencing commitments of over INR 6.56 billion in philanthropy.

On-going/Past projects

Access to Water and Health in the Thar Desert, India (AWHT)

By Gramin Vikas Vigyan Samiti (GRAVIS)

Our project aims to enhance access to safe drinking water and healthcare provision to the Thar Desert Communities in India through the provision of rainwater harvesting techniques and innovation of traditional methods.

Conservation, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation, Water and Sanitation and Hygiene