Gram Bharti was established in the Ubhaon village with a group of educated young men with Gandhian values in 1998. It is a non-profit, non-governmental, rural development organization registered on the 12th of November 1998 under Society Registration Act-1860. The Society Registration Number is 1258/1998-1999, dated 12.11.1998. The organization also got registered under section 12 (A) and 80 (G) of the Income Tax Act. Gram Bharti got the FCRA Registration number in the year 2006. The FCRA registration number is 136380058, dated 08.02. 2006. This helped Gram Bharti to work in the communities, mobilizing resources from government as well as foreign sources. There are seven members in the Governing Body with a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and members. Gradually the number of workers increased and by now it has taken the shape of a well established organizational structure. Gram Bharti works through a Joint Action Committee (JAC) consisting of one member from Gram Bharti, two members of the Village Committee and two Ex-officio members of the Panchayat. The JAC is assisted by three Working Committees through the network of the SHGs. The operational area of Gram Bharti includes 10 districts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, and 2 districts in Uttaranchal. Besides, it has also worked in Hayana, Rajasthan and Punjab under the ‘Save fuel’ programme of PCRA, Government of India
The organization works for rural reconstruction and for improving the living condition of the poor and excluded sections of the society, people of backward caste, women & children, landless and marginal peasants of the 10 districts in Uttar Pradesh.
Gram Bharti has its own pucca building at the prime location in the Gouri Bazar Block. It has an office space, guest house, training space, water and sanitation system, electricity connection, audio-visual aid, computer, vehicle and motorcycles.
The major objectives of the organization are:
- To develop self-sufficiency and self-confidence among the poor and the disadvantaged through organizing them in SHGs, women’s groups and farmers’ groups.
- To promote literacy and relate it with agriculture and micro-enterprise.
- To establish institutions of learning for the poor and disadvantaged children.
- Focused activity for the development of agriculture and animal husbandry.
- To develop small and household, industrial units with the help of Khadi and Village Industries Board.
- To strengthen and develop community based health care system.
- To manage and rehabilitate the victims of natural calamities like flood, fire, earthquake, etc.
- To build networks with other voluntary organizations for programme intervention and policy advocacy.