About Founder

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S.Damodaran, Founder, Gramalaya

Sait Damodaran is the founder and director of Gramalaya - an Indian ngo that has recently led successful campaigns for total sanitation in villages and slums in Tamil nadu. Here, he argues that national government's acceptance of new approaches will not work until it is backed by trained and committed government personnel at local level


About Gramalaya

The successful intervention in the rural, urban and coastal areas (tsunami affected fishermen villages) during the last two decades, innovations like child friendly toilets, community managed pay and use toilets systems, school health intervention, toilet technology park...



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.



This approach document was prepared for the better understanding of governing body members, staff working under different projects of Gramalaya and the donors so as to get more clarity on the project concepts and implementation.



About Gramalaya

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.