Community Programs

The SKDRDP is active in various parts of Karnataka State through its Community Development Project, to provide infrastructure support to the villages. The project is participatory in nature where, the local people form an implementation committee, implement the project in a time bound manner with local participation in the form of finance and labour. The SKDRDP supports such initiatives by lending its goodwill, grants up to the 50% technical guidance, review and monitoring. The Community Projects are concentrated in the field of education, health, creation of community assets, rural infrastructure and community welfare

The various community development Activities done by us are.

  1. Gramakalyana - to develop Infrastructure in rural areas
  2. Hindu Rudrabhoomi - to assist in maintaining Crematoriums
  3. Kamadhenu - to Protect Indigenous Cattle Breeds.
  4. Sanitation Facilities Provisioning
  5. Shuddha Ganga - to provide clean drinking water.
  6. Solid Waste Management - our Waste Segregation program

For ages, Dharmasthala has been supporting community initiatives through matching grant support. A focused program, The Community Development Project, was taken up in 1990 to create and develop rural assets. A wing of SKDRDP, it was launched to assist community efforts for the building of infrastructure.

SKDRDP provides assistance to the needy villages in constructing the required infrastructure and the basic amenities under its Grama Kalyana Program. The community takes an active role in developmental process, and involves in quality audit of various public works undertaken.


For ages, Dharmasthala has been supporting community initiatives through matching grant support. A focused program, The Community Development Project, was taken up in 1990 to create and develop rural assets. A wing of SKDRDP, it was launched to assist community efforts for the building of infrastructure. Today, the project emphasizes education, rural infrastructure, and the improvement of crematoriums.

The Hindu Rudrabhoomi Project (Crematorium) is one such initiative. This unique program serves to complete the last journey of all human beings in a dignified manner. The program supports the local community in renovating existing crematoriums with silicon cremation chambers. Such chambers require as little as 250 kg of firewood to burn bodies, as compared to the 800 kg necessary for conventional firewood burning.

Together with local initiatives and financial sponsors, upgrading, repair and construction works have been carried out in multiple villages, towns and cities. Hindu Rudrabhoomi Committee at Belluru, Karnadu, Mulky, Mangalore: The people of Belluru village decided to construct a crematorium in their village and formed a committee for the same. They approached SKDRDP for assistance. The total cost of the project was Rs. 7.50 lakhs which included the construction of burning shed, silicon chamber, a small "Gudi (prayer hall)' for Lord Shiva, a room for stocking wood, leveling of ground, water facility, and plantation and so on.


A unique programme to protect the indigenous cattle breeds and to develop genetic material for breeding and promoting the indigenous breeds has also been initiated. Plantation of fodder trees, watershed activities, cultivation of fodder, maize, installation of gobar gas plant, organic manure, have been undertaken here. And train the farmers in organic farming. The center has maintained malnad gidda bulls and cows, besides certain other breeds.


SKDRDP is committed to total health and sanitations in rural areas. For this purpose SKDRDP has actively supported construction of individual toilets in villages and towns. For this purpose SKDRDP has popularized several models including the UNICEF model, the twin pit pour flush model.

On account of our experience, the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure and Development Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) sought the partnership of SKDRDP in constructing 11,500 low cost sanitation (LCS) units in 6 coastal urban towns. As a first step, a unique participatory and transparent strategy was devised wherein the committees of those without toilets would select the mason, choose the materials, purchase them in bulk and reduce the prices of the unit. This practice has effectively speeded up the construction of LCS units in urban areas. The construction started in Udupi town, which saw the completion of 365 units within 45 days. This process was replicated in other towns and more than 7,747 units have been completed since March 2006.

Shuddha Ganga

Shudhaganga project - Many villages in our country donot have access to pure drinking water. Surface water is often contaminated. Ground water has high fluoride and dissolved solvent making it unsuitable for drinking purpose. Yet people use this water to suffer from various ailments. It is estimated that nearly 90% of the villages suffer from drinking water problems, ranging from supply chains to quality issues.

Shudhaganga is a unique community effort to produce pure drinking water in the villages by purifying the drinking water at source by a process called “reverse osmosis”. A small building sufficient storage tanks for impure and pure water, machinery for purifying the water are the basic requirements of the project. In this plant impure water is taken from the source, purified in the plant and stored in the pure tanks. The users will come and fetch the water in 20 ltr jerry cans. The users pay a nominal fee of Rs. 0.10 per ltr of water which will be utilized for the maintenance of the plant and day to day service. SKDRDP has installed 80 plants in Chikamagalur, Gadag, Haveri, Dharwad, Tumkur and Hassan districts helping 20,000 families to get pure drinking water everyday. This project has attracted the attention of the Govt.

Cost of the Program

Each Shudhaganga plant costs approximately Rs. 10.00 lakhs for commencement of production. Thereafter a monthly maintenance expenditure of Rs. 20,000/- is required. While the installation costs can be sourced from philanthrophic institutions and the govt. maintenance costs have to be reimbursed. For this purpose a charge of Rs. 0.10 per ltr. is collected. In a village if 500 families consume 20 ltrs. of water everyday Rs. 30,000/- is collected every month which will take care of maintenance and servicing. Therefore this is a participatory program where all partners are joining hands to ensure supply of pure drinking water.


Responding to the request of the Chikamagalur town municipality, the local project office of SKDRDP has taken up the responsibility of collecting waste materials from all houses in the town and depositing them at the secondary disposal point. Initially house to house awareness camp was organised, followed by daily collection. It is heartening to note that 18,418 houses out of 20,350 houses are contributing the wastes daily basis. A total of 40 workers are engaged in collection of the waste, keeping track of the work and managing the same. The households contribute Rs. 20/- every month to make the project sustainable.