About Gramalaya

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all

Gramalaya - Tiruchirappalli

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all

Gramalaya was established in 1987 with a group of committed youths in the field of rural development. Gramalaya has got its legal entity by registering under the Indian Trust Act of 1882 with a registration No.72/87 on 11.6.1987. The ultimate goal of Gramalaya is to work for the amelioration of socially downtrodden people under the integrated rural development approach. Since 1987, Gramalya has been operating in Thottiyam and Thathaiengarpet and Thuraiyur Block in the rural areas and in the slums of Tiruchirappalli City Corporation in Tiruchirappalli District. Health and hygiene education, promotion of Self-help Groups among rural, urban and tribal women, constructin of low-cost latrines and safe water supply through micro-credit are the major activities of Gramalaya.

Gramalaya envisions a society in which all people will have equal rights and access to protected water, sanitation , health and improved income status without gender discrimination. Government of India has approved Gramalaya as one of the National Key Resource Centres of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for providing training to Government officials in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu. Currently, Gramalaya is working in five Southern States including Pondicherry.

Experimented successfully innovative models like Micro-finance for Sanitation, Child Friendly toilets, Community Managed pay and use latrines, school health program with working experience in rural, urban, tribal and coastal regions. The school health intervention through child-to-child approach, cost effective toilet models developed at the Centre for Toilet Technology and Training established by Gramalaya, microfinance for sanitation models, IEC materials developed by Gramalaya with WaterAid, Water.org, UNICEF and Arghyam funding.

Gramalaya field tested several rural and urban sanitation models for individual households and schools. So far, Gramalaya has constructed more than 1,00,000 toilets with funding support under CRSP, TSC, NBA schemes of Government and with the grant support of WaterAid, Water.org, Arghyam and UNICEF. The Gramalaya models could be replicated in rural India through other like minded organizations especially with the Microfinance for Sanitation model etc.,

Based on more than 2.5 decades of experience in the sector, Gramalaya has proposed to expand its area of operations throughout Tamil Nadu and 9 other priority States identified by Gramalaya. By working with other Field implementing organizations, promoting Regional Resource Centres and State-level Nodal agency, Gramalaya could impact 50 million lives in India by providing safe and sustainable sanitation to 10 million households in 10 States. For more details, please visit : www.thebigcleanupindia.org


» Gramalaya was established in the year 1987 by S.Damodaran and his team. For detailed Profile of S.Damodaran click here.

» Gramalaya is a registered voluntary organization under the Indian Trust Act of 1882 and has been working in the water and sanitation sector for the past 30 years.

» The Chief Executive Officer of Gramalaya Mr.S.Damodaran is having more than 30 years of experience in the water and sanitation sector, rural and urban development. He is guided by the Board members who include Mr.Manamedu Gurunathan, President of India Awardee, Mr.S.Senthil Velan, Ex. service man, served in the Indian Army for more than 16 years, Mrs.T.Valarmathi, Social Worker, Mrs.T.Navaneedham, Retired School Principal, Mrs.D.Jothi, Social Worker. He is supported by the senior team members like Mrs.J.Geetha, WASH Leader for Women India, WSSCC, Mr.M.Elangovan, Executive Director, Gramalaya and team of retired Government Officials.

» Gramalya , so far has trained more than 100 NGOs and MFIs all over India and NGOs from abroad.

» Representatives of NGOs, Government and Visitors from abroad and within India getting trained by Gramalaya on toilet technologies and hygiene promotion works.

» Gramalaya is one of the approved national Key Resource Centres of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India for Water and Sanitation for South India. Supporting Government of Tamil Nadu for its PVP - Pudhu Vazhvu Project funded by World Bank as its Technical Support Unit in providing training and capacity building program for sanitation.

Core Value

Emancipation through Entrustment, Entitlement and Empowerment

Gramalaya ensures that all its projects reflect the above core values that encourage people to be emancipated from the cycle of poverty and deprivation through participation. Thus, communities are entrusted to work on the project by being part of its implementation process and its continued success.

Guiding Principles

01. Encouraging innovativeness and creativity
02. Enabling a learning environment
03. Evolving exit strategy and sustainability
04. Encouraging community ownership
05. Ensuring Accountability and Transparency
06. Enhancing people’s co-operation and participation

Posted Date : 09 Mar 2016