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Gramodaya - A Place for a Community

Hudisahi, India

Gramodaya - A Place for a Community

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The project group Gramodaya, part of the university group "Engineers Without Borders" (EWB), wants to build a community center with sustainable power supply in the village of Hudisahi, India. We want to create a place for assemblies and learning.

S. Salge from Engineers Without Borders (EWB)Write a message

Check out our website for our present progress: http://ewb-karlsruhe.de/gramodaya/

Why should you support our project?
Many people want to improve the world and turn it into a better place, but who feels responsible if it comes down to a little village in India without electricity and running water? This is where we want to help with our project Gramodaya (the Indian word for sustainable village development).

What is our motivation?
Engineers Without Borders believes that it is necessary to involve all concerned parties in making decisions to ensure the long-term success of our project. During our first trip to India we established contact and shared ideas with the villagers. We were able to get to know their daily routines and culture, and form a very friendly and respectful relationship with the people living in Hudisahi. On this base we want to realize our project in a close collaboration with the villagers. In addition, we work closely with the local NGO Antyodaya Chetana Mandal (ACM) which supports the governmentally neglected villages of Odisha.

What are our goals?
Fulfilling the villagers wishes and needs, we are going to build a community center powered with electricity by solar panels. We also want to introduce a small scale biogas plant concept as a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to the common way of cooking with firewood.
In November 2015, the first biogas plant was successfully constructed and tested. The following step is going to be the construction of the community center with a photovoltaic system to provide an independent power supply at the end of 2016. The building offers space for village meetings and a place where pupils can learn in the evening. Furthermore, the community center will be used for workshops in agriculture, health care and women's rights.

Help us to build a common future!
For the construction of the community center we rely on your financial support.
Please help us to realize the project with your donation.

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