Key Resource Centre status for Gramalaya NGO
Gramalaya, Tiruchirappalli, a voluntary organization working for water and sanitation in Tamil Nadu is approved by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India, New Delhi as a recognized Key Resource Centre (KRC) for providing training and capacity building to sector professionals and government officials on water and sanitation including the technical aspects. Mr.S.Damodaran, Founder of Gramalaya mentioned that the 25 years of service in the water and sanitation sector enabled Gramalaya as a national-level training institution for providing training in the three southern states covering Andhra Pradhesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The National Institute of Water and Sanitation (NIWAS), the training arm of Gramalaya is already attracting many visitors from different states of India for learning, research and exposure visits purpose including visitors from abroad like Kenya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Switzerland, USA and UK. The Gramalaya Training Centre located at Kolakkudipatti village in Thottiyam Block is having separate Water Technology Park and Centre for Toilet Technology and Training with various cost effective model toilets including dry toilets, leach-pit and eco-san models. The Training Centre has produced a number of IEC materials in the water and sanitation sector and working with UNICEF, WaterAid, UK and Water.org, USA, Arghyam, Bangalore and with the state and central government sponsored Total Sanitation programs recently announced as the Nirmal Bharath Abhiyan program. Gramalaya is having the working experience in the rural, urban, coastal and tribal areas of Tamil Nadu with role model projects.
The purpose of the Key Resource Centre is to ensure that sector professionals are sensitized for change in role, responsibility and attitude through need-based in-service training/ exposure utilizing services of specialists/ experts. The KRC will fill the knowledge and capacity gap amongst the sector professionals through specialized training and capacity building programs to meet the challenges of leadership, managerial, administrative, technical, attitudinal and legal aspects. It is also expected to that national Key Resource Centre will help in brining harmonization of sectoral, organizational and individual goals to move forward in the rural water supply sector. The National key Resource Center will be responsible for:
Organizing training, orientation and capacity development programme for PHED Engineers, district officials, CCDU staff, panchayat members, line department functionaries, motivators, health worker, religious leader, media agencies, sector professionals, NGOs, self employed mechanics, masons, school teachers and students, etc.
Extending technical guidance to the State's Communication and Capacity Development Units (CCDU) and assist in the development of State/ District specific training modules in developing their IEC strategy as well as capacity building of different stakeholders.
Monitor and evaluate activities implementation, identify problems and propose remedial action to accelerate/improve programme delivery through field visit.
Documentation of success stories, best practices and various issues.
Development of training module/manuals to build capacity of PHED Engineers, district officials, panchayat members, VWSC, Pani Samiti functionaries, motivators, school teacher, angwandi workers, student, health workers & support organizations etc.