Gramiksha: A Closer Look

Gramiksha appealed as an ideal gifting partner for TOL because of their grassroots level and active placement in their communities. Being only 4 years old, run solely by young volunteers (university college students and their peers) and NGO status was the motivation to offer monetary support to this organization. In order for us to meet our goals of delivering lasting impact to at risk children, we needed to partner up with a group who understands the problem and has the means to a solution.

We were inspired to help Gramiksha flourish in their goals for an educated India. 

“Education is that one weapon. Gramiksha works for child welfare, it's motto is empowering children through educating them. We believe that education has a power to transform mindsets.”
- Niveshi, Gwalior Branch (pictured beside)

Gathering funds where they can, they are quickly gaining support in their respective areas, growing through out the country and show no signs of slowing down. Gramiksha is proving that meaningful impact and lasting change can be made first with understanding, empathy and comprehensive planning and finally with tireless work and an extraordinary display of team work.

The partnership was seemingly written in the clouds as the connection began through nothing more than a google engine search. And long after that initiual search, the lasting friendship between Tribe of Lambs and Gramiksha was eventually solidified through compassionate service to others. “Together We Give” and “Be The Change” – two mottos from two organizations from two separate parts of the world are being collectively achieved through a global community of compassionate humanitarians.   

Not only is the team we worked with in Gwalior (they have also have branches in Indore, Bhopal, Delhi, Bangalore, and Jaipur) driven and compassionate in their service to the youth of India, but also a group of individuals already achieving greatness.

They are an inspiration to young people not only in India, but all over the world.

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We asked some of the Gramiksha members from across India to share their thoughts with us…click to read their story! 

Niveshi, Gwalior

Name: Niveshi Jain

Age: 19

Area of Study: Law

Location: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India.

What role do you play in Gramiksha?

I am currently handling Gwalior chapter of  Gramiksha as the City President of the Chapter.

Why did you get involved?

I always wanted to get associated with something, a sort of tool which has a power to bring change and create a revolution, a change in mindsets of people around. Education is that one weapon. Gramiksha works for child welfare, it’s motto is empowering children through educating them. We believe that education has a power to transform mindsets. Getting involved with it fulfills my motto as well, till a great extent.

What is the impact Gramiksha makes in your community?

I believe million little stories leads to a big one.

It’s been four years since Gramiksha’s inception. Through its various projects, it has been constantly trying to make differences in people’s lives. Be a child or a street vendor, we have been trying to rescue people in the best way possible with the help of resources we have.

Where do you hope to see the organization grow?

As of now, it is amazing to see with what pace Gramiksha is growing. Four years, eight chapters is not an easy thing to do. In coming years, I am hoping to see its diversified form. We plan to set things more stable as time passes. As the team will grow, I hope with child education, we are able to work on other child issues too, besides in other sectors of social welfare as well.

Param, Jaipur

Age: 21

Area of Study: Engineering (Mechanical)

Location: Jaipur

What role did you play in Gramiksha?

City Head, Gramiksha Jaipur

Why did you get involved?

Gramiksha was an opportunity for me to interact with people from different sections of the society and gain a more aware perspective of conditions prevailing in these areas. I was attracted to the idea of working for Gramiksha because it would allow me to be a part of a substantial positive change by doing my small bit.

What is the impact Gramiksha makes in your community?

I believe Gramiksha has had varying impacts on the different sections of society. On one hand, it has succeeded in giving the people an important life support: Hope. How? By embarking on social campaigns and projects targetting education, health, and other issues, it has correctly made people believe that their problems are being addressed and there is a better tomorrow for them. And on the other hand, it provides an established outline for potential donors and volunteers to make sure their efforts bring about the desired outcomes.

Where do you hope to see the organization grow?

I want to see Gramiksha expand into an organization which would conduct research and collect data from schools and hospitals across villages and towns on behalf of the state’s ministries and hence propose changes to policies of the country.

Nitikka, Indore

Name: Nitikka Pamnani

Age: 25

Location: Mentoring children at Indus world school, Indore

What role do you play in Gramiksha?

President at Gramiksha Indore

Why did you get involved?

I want to see an educated India

What is the impact Gramiksha makes in your community?

Gramiksha plays and important role in my community by providing exposure to children of co curricular education on government schools and by making street children aware of the importance of education.

Where do you hope to see the organization grow?

The kind of rapid development and growth I have experienced in the organisation from last 2 years, I hope it will reach great height and achieve success.

It will help bring change in the society and it has already started bringing change for the benefit of our community.

Iram, Udaipur

Name: Iram

Age: 21 years

Area of Study: Economics and Psychology

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan

What role do you play in Gramiksha?

National HR Manager

Why did you get involved?

I wanted to get associated with a NGO to understand people and their problems at a grassroots level and work towards it in anyway possible. In second year of college I got involved as a base volunteer in Jaipur.

What is the impact Gramiksha makes in your community?

It is creating awareness about the current state of education in our country specially among the youth by involving them in building an educated and aware India.

Where do you hope to see the organization grow?

I sincerely hope that one day Gramiksha will succeed in creating an educated and aware India.

Shreshtha, Karnataka

Name: Shreshtha Jain

Age: 22

Area of Study: Master of Arts in Education, Azim Premji University, Bangalore

Location: Karnataka, India

What role do you play in Gramiksha?

Secretary (Executive committee Member)

Why did you get involved?

I think the things which are meant to be happen, happens! I always wanted to work for the society, so I along with my friend Shubham (the founder of the organisation) took a step towards the social change. It started with 10-12 people, and its a family of 400-500 members. ☺

Where do you hope to see the organization grow? 

I want my organization to reach each and every village of India to make a significant change there.

Gramiksha Thank You!

For more information about Gramiksha please visit their website

www.gramiksha.in

After our successful Street Meet” Project we are eagerly looking forward to announcing our next partnership for our 4th Project, due to be completed end of January 2016.

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