GRAVIS benefits greatly from the work of volunteers. Over the past several years, many national and international volunteers have helped us improve the living conditions of desert communities. There are many ways a volunteer can contribute to GRAVIS, depending on his or her capacity, interest, and inclination. Some examples include:
- Developing written reports
- Conducting research
- Assisting with project implementation
Working with impoverished desert communities is both challenging and enlightening. GRAVIS carries out projects at the grassroots level in field centres around the Thar Desert. Life for villagers is harsh. People suffer from a vicious combination of intense poverty and water scarcity, often lacking proper nutrition, healthcare, and education. In the vicinity of GRAVIS' field centres, volunteers may encounter poverty-stricken, emaciated faces longing for a few drops of water, haunting eyes questioning the laws of nature, and parched terrain eroding the existence of its inhabitants bit by bit. While these heart-wrenching sights may challenge our paradigms and incite an emotional response, it is a sign that we are truly learning. One cannot hope for a brighter future if they are not ready to engage in the present. In this way, GRAVIS volunteers are able to truly involve themselves in the process of development and realize that there is nothing more rewarding than devoting time and energy to lifting others from the depths of poverty.