KGVK, established in 1972, partners with Jharkhand villagers to help them improve their livelihood. Till early 2000s, it was largely involved in charitable donations, besides doing some developmental projects. It was during this period that the organization started working seriously in the area of health and watershed development.
In 2008, KGVK developed an integrated approach, called the Total Village Management model (TVM). It is based on strong business principles adapted to the rural setting. It focuses on eight key areas: natural resources management, education, renewable energy, livelihood, women's empowerment, capacity building, resource mobilisation, infrastructure development, and health, nutrition and sanitation. All TVM efforts have 180-day implementation cycles, at the end of which impact is measured. Today, all KGVK projects are based on the TVM model. Today, TVM projects cover over 400 villages in the state. These villages are predominantly tribal.
Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar on the premise that state will take care of its Tribal population which forms around 27% of the population. Majority of tribal households own land unlike scheduled caste population hence most of the income generating interventions in tribal villages are around land and water. But with growing population the average landholding is decreasing. So they have to move from the traditional livelihood options to new one. KGVK Green College, besides focusing on the changing the way farming is done, is also trying to train people new opportunities like, Para-veterinary service, pig farming in a scientific way,
In Jharkhand, according to the 2011 census, around 45% population is illiterate and in rural area around the population half is illiterate. And the number increases for the female population. So we focus on training in the field more than in the class room environment.
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