Community Development

Grow along with the community

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.

Grama Kalyana

A focused program for rural development, 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 basic infrastructure.

SKDRDP staffs motivate rural general public and organisations to indulge in village development activities. Villagers and local organisations, along with the cooperation of the government departments and SKDRDP, develop the basic infrastructure. The funds are utilized to develop basic infrastructures like school building, hospital building, rural veterinary hospitals, anganwadi buildings, drinking water project, rural connecting roads, rural hygiene, youth organization building etc.

Along with providing basic infrastructure, Grama Kalyana also intends to motivate public and organisations towards rural development activities. It creates awareness about the facilities available in Gram Panchayat and other government institutions or in SKDRDP for development. Under this project funds have been released for various projects, which helped rural population, from past 23 years. Usually the project gives a financial assistance between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1,00,000.

Nammuru- Namma Kere

Dharmadhikari Dr. D Veerendra Heggade thinks that it is a responsibility of human being to protect the water sources and handover them to the coming generation. So, Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project will begin with ‘Nammuru- Namma Kere’, a programme of rejuvenating tanks in association with the locals.

In the first phase before the monsoon around 82 tanks of the state were rejuvenated, at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crores. The works like lifting the silt, repairing the surrounding land, road, canals etc. would be implemented under the project. Villagers would share 50% of the total cost.

For lake rejuvenation, lake development committees have been formed in village-level. Along with the implementation of the scheme, the responsibility of maintenance will be with the committees. There will be an agreement with the Gram Panchayat as well. According to Dr. Heggade, around 6 lakh people will be benefited by the rejuvenation of around 1200 acres of the water source in the pilot phase of the project.


Shudhaganga project - Many villages in our country do not 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 government.

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 government maintenance costs have to be reimbursed. For this purpose a charge of Rs. 0.10 per litre. 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.

Sujnana Nidhi

SKDRDP has initiated a scholarship scheme named Sujnananidhi to create awareness among the SHG members about the possibilities in technical education and to motivate and assist them to send their children for technical training. The project has received a lot of appreciation and financial support from banks, philanthropic organizations and individuals and government departments.

Under this scheme a scholarship, every year 2,000 students get monthly Rs.1000 each for technical courses like BE, MBBS, BAMS and BDS. The scholarship is available till the end of the said courses. Similarly a scholarship of Rs. 400 per month will be available to 6,000 students every year for technical courses like TCH, DPEd, BEd, Nursing, ITI and Diploma courses.

Hindu Rudrabhoomi

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 (development of 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. The project started in 1998 and till now 477 crematoriums of almost all districts of Karnataka have been developed. Kasargod and Andhra Pradesh are also included under the project area.


SKDRDP makes an effort to put a check on school dropout rates through the implementation of the Jnanadeepa project. This project meets the infrastructure needs of the schools by providing basic amenities like drinking water, construction of toilets and classrooms. SKDRDP provides financial assistance for the purchase of teaching equipment, sports materials, tables and chairs. Electrification of schools, construction of playgrounds, compound wall construction, repair and renovation of buildings are also supported.

Part time teachers are recruited and assigned wherever required to schools deficient in teachers. This has a high success rate of drawing dropouts back. All these programs are conducted on participatory basis. The schools betterment committees have to make the necessary plans and invest 80% of funds through local initiatives. Through such efforts, SKDRDP hopes to ensure that all children receive primary education.

(credits: Sandeep Dev, Dev's Photopgraphy)

Nirmala Shraddha Kendra

The cleanliness drive mooted by Dharmadhikari Dr. D Veerendra Heggade to clean religious centres in the state received tremendous response. The message by Dr. Heggade to clean the place of God before showering devote towards him.

Across the state, more than 7,19,000 volunteers participated in the cleanliness drive within one month. During the campaign, more than 8,045 religious centres were cleaned including 200 mutts, 65 basadis, 12 masjids and 4 churches. Chikkaballapur district stood first in the campaign, as over 40,000 devotees completed cleaning 580 temples. Dakshina Kannada completed 560 religious centres, while Kodagu completed 486 religious centres.

The campaign in many famous piligrimage centres including Udupi Sri Krishna temple, Ullal Dargah, Mysuru Chamundeshwari temple, Kukke Sri Subrahmanya temple and Hubli Siddaruda Math and many more.

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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. These centers have maintained rare breeds like 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. Recent years SKDRDP is concentrated to provide sanitation facility to public and schoolchildren.


It is observed that millions of children in the country are suffering from disabilities and have different abilities. In order to encourage their abilities to enable them to lead a normal life, several schools for differently abled have been started which may be handicapped by lack of capital. To enable such unique institutions to access to financial resources it is proposed to establish a funding program to such schools annually subject to conditions. The funds are provided as a grant to the selected schools to create specific assets.