Joe Madiath's Gram Vikas has a vision

Joe Madiath has been a perpetual rebel. His family's efforts to discipline him by sending him to a boarding school has had no effect. And at age 16, he began to tour all over India on a bicycle, to understand the country.

Joe and his friends founded the Gram Vikas an NGO, which now works with nearly 2,00,000 people in 559 villages in 17 Orissa districts—building biogas plants, water tanks, pipelines, toilets and complete sanitation systems.

But Gram Vikas needs one pledge—before a project is initiated in a village, every single household must agree to participate and contribute their labour and resources to a shared corpus, thus making them the agents of their own salvation.

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