During a time of transition for the Swedish Initiatives of Change Assocation, a small but important contribution has been made to the villagers of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Money raised through the sale of items at the IofC centre in Stockholm, as well as individual donations, totalling 290,351 Indian rupees (c.36,000 SEK), has been used by Grampari in the last year for specific programes.
The Grampari centre (www.grampari.org), based in the hills of Panchgani, has a mission to “build the capacity of rural Maharashtra through thoughtful, community led programmes that foster both spiritual and economic development”. Over the past 12 years, Grampari has impacted 158 villages and 30,000 people through robust programmes in the areas of livelihoods, watershed management, school handwash, governance, and youth. Grampari works with the understanding that “the practice of being guided by inner listening, having clarity of vision and always keeping the community at the centre can create extraordinary change.”
The contribution from IofC Sweden has been used for four programmes in particular.