GMRVF takes up participatory, holistic development initiatives in identified communities. It works to strengthen communities and their institutions. The Foundation works with rural and urban communities as well as re-settled communities, to support their overall development.
Lack of awareness, skill set and institutional help have been the common cause to the problems faced by the underserved communities of both urban and rural India.
These have in turn contributed to increase in alcoholism, inaccessibility to reasonable financial schemes or loans, leading them into debt traps. With a vision to improve their quality of life, the Foundation launched it’s initiatives of counselling, afforestation, working with local SHGs, provision of interest-free loans that contributed to the betterment of the community and it’s people.
The Foundation works in over 50 villages and their efforts include creating health awareness, facilitating training for members of local institutions, initiating and working with youth clubs, developing village libraries, working with SHGs, and more.
The efforts include creating health awareness, facilitating training for members of local institutions, initiating and working with youth clubs, developing village libraries, working with SHGs, and more.
Along with this, Rehabilitation programmes for the semi-settled communities that include short term measures like provision of water to meet daily needs, facilitation of transport for children to attend examinations in their schools in the airport vicinity, mosquito-fogging, organisation of health camps, programmes for group building and goal setting, etc., long term measures like skill training of youth for employment; improving the quality of education through the establishment of pre-schools, tuition centres, provision of scholarships, etc; formation of women Self Help Groups and exploring home-based work options; opening a clinic, etc; and facilitation of service provision including working with the authorities to expedite creation of quality infrastructure including water, sewage, street lighting, etc.
In Ramdurg, the GMR Varalakshmi Foundation-initiated Youth Club volunteered to conduct adult literacy classes. The room for conducting the classes was provided free by the community. 3 youth from the Youth Club are taking classes in the evenings on a rotation basis. Foundation follows Adult Literacy module of the State Government of Karnataka.
Apart from providing education, the Youth Club volunteers are encouraging the community members attending the classes to take up some income generating activities. Thus, these adult literacy classes are serving as forums both for learning and earning.
Youth clubs in Seppa started involving in community development activities during 2009-10. Members of these clubs initiated and implemented several activities like cleaning and repairing village roads, drainages etc. They committed their time and energy in improving the physical conditions of the community apart from organizing several cultural events. Community members lauded their services and started treating youth with a lot of respect. GMR Varalakshmi Foundation on its part is encouraging the efforts the youth by providing them with sports material, uniforms etc.
"I am feeling so good for being able to give something back to my community. In addition to benefiting the community from our activities, we ourselves are benefitted from the rich experience we gain in the process. We are being taken seriously and gaining lot of respect too..." said Tope Bam, a youth from Pachi Village, from Seppa Circle of Arunachal Pradesh.