Gram Vikas awarded an Oracle GranttoBridge Gaps inMarket & Health Services

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Bhubaneswar: Gram Vikas isa non-governmental organizationworking with underprivileged and deprived communities in inaccessible rural and tribal pockets of Odisha and Jharkhand. Gram Vikas announces that it has received a grant from Oracle, a global leader in cloud applications and platform services. The grant of Rs.4.8 million is for the “Oracle Smart Community Interface in tribal areas of Odisha and continued support forOracle Smart Classroom in Tribal Residential schools.”

The objective of the grant is to use information-communication technology toenable small producers to access relevant market information and enable remotely located communities to access health services using on-line service provision information. 7500 persons from remote villages in Kalahandi and Ganjam villages will directly benefit from the grant in 2018-19. The grant will also continue to help strengthen Oracle Smart Classrooms in four residential schools of Gram Vikas located in tribal districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, and Kalahandi district in Odisha. 1300 children from tribal families will benefit from this.

The grant will help Gram Vikas configure and set up architecture for Market Information Systems in remote villages without regular internet/mobile access, to help farmers receive real-time information on market price and related info, and a Health Information System that will enable better access for remote rural communities to Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and other public health-nutrition programmes.

“Farmers in remote locations of Kalahandi and Ganjam district often find it difficult to obtain remunerative prices for their produce, especially seasonal vegetables. Inability to get proper information on the prices in nearby markets forces them to sell the produce in their villages at very low prices. The support from Oracle will help us create an innovative and path-breaking information system that will help the farmers get much higher prices,” says Liby T Johnson, Executive Director, Gram Vikas.

“We are pleased to support Gram Vikas in a shared mission to improve the world around us,” said Rajendra Tripathi, Senior Manager, Oracle Corporate Citizenship – India.

Founded in 1979, Gram Vikas works with the mission to “promote a sustainable, socially inclusive, and gender equitable society to enable critical masses of poor and marginalized rural people or communities to achieve a dignified quality of life.” Gram Vikas works with more than 80,000 families in about 1200 villages in Odisha and Jharkhand.

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