Children's Development
Improving the quality of life of the poor shepherd children by providing them with non-formal education and bringing them in the main stream of the society,Supported by the Peace Stone Foundation, Japan
Improving the quality of life of the poor shepherd children by providing them with primary level non formal education, making economically self reliant and bringing them in the main stream of the society
The tribal and rural communities in the area proposed for the project are very poor and their only livelihood is animal husbandry. The schools are not in their vicinity, so they can’t afford to send their children to go the schools far away from their house rather they prefer to send them to graze the animals (cows, buffalos, sheep and goat etc.). The sad part of the perspective is that the girls in these populations are married in their childhood only i.e. at the age of 13-14.
Therefore, GBS have conceived the proposed project in consultation with some of the community leaders to provide the children, particularly the girl children of these tribal/rural populations those who are deprived of formal school education, with non-formal primary level education together with life supporting knowledge and skill that might lead them towards a self reliant and dignified life in the future. Also the shepherd children would be provided with vocational training in carpet weaving and jewels manufacturing. 
1.220 poor shepherd children, including 90 girls, of tribal communities deprived of formal school education from 10 villages in block Jamwaramgarh of district Jaipur were provided with functional literacy up to the primary level,
  • 2.vocational training was provided to 184 children of higher age in Carpet weaving and jewels cutting and polishing in order to make them economically self reliant in the near future.
  • 3.Life supporting general knowledge related to health and hygiene, culture, science, history, geography, children’s rights, citizens’ rights, environment etc. was provided them to be a responsible citizen and facilities of sports, games and healthy recreation were made available to them for their healthy and jovial life.
Prevention of HIV/AIDS
International Peace Tiles Project
The Peace Tiles Project is an international collaboration that seeks to use the creative arts as a means of enabling children to share their individual experiences with HIV/AIDS. It consisted of a series of workshops to be held all over the world, during which children use material from their own lives and their local region to create individual collages known as ‘peace tiles’. 
The Peace Tiles Project had three main objectives and these were:
  •  Bringing children who are at risk of HIV/AIDS together for fun and creative activity
  •  Raising awareness about which children around the world suffer from HIV/AIDS
  •  Producing a lasting, uplifting and thought-provoking work of art
GBS hosted India’s first ever Peace Tiles Project in collaboration with International Peace Tiles Project, USA in collaboration with 7 local NGOs. Four hundred children from 59 schools from 6 districts of Rajasthan participated in the events and created 700 peace tiles depicting their response to HIV/AIDS in India and their area. International artists Ms. Suzanne Pender from Washington D.C. and Ms. Kasia Ozga a sculptor from Poland helped facilitate the Peace Tiles workshops organized in Jaipur, Jhunjhunu, Churu, Karauli, Jodhpur and Newai (Tonk). 
Selected tiles were then displayed as international murals at 3 major locations Johannesburg, Geneva and Jaipur. Also, an exhibition of the peace tiles was held at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Michigan, United States, where Bhawani was present as a guest.
The study was conducted in 100 villages in 6 districts of Rajasthan among the migrant youth, their spouse and other members of the family.
Summary of Major Findings
AIDS Awareness
41.1% of people have not heard of AIDS, which is a very alarming figure. Nearly half the population has never even heard of the disease, let alone prevention, transmission or treatment methods.
HIV Awareness
53% of people did not know what HIV is and 48.9% did not know what AIDS is. This fact, although given the previous information is not surprising, is very problematic.
Testing and Treatment
Only 26.6% of people believe that there is any treatment for HIV/AIDS and 49.2% do not know if STI/RTIs are curable. These low figures signify that for those people who have contracted HIV/AIDS or STI/RTIS, may not be seeking treatment because they are not aware that it exists. This may also correlate to a lack of people seeking testing. If they believe that there is no treatment, then they may not bother to seek what is their status. 43.1% of people are not sure whether a test is necessary for the detection and of those who do believe that a test is necessary, only 32.1% know where to take a test.
Mother to Child Transmission
57.1% of people are also not sure whether or not an infected mother can prevent transmission to her newborn, adding to the stigma. A mother who is unable to protect her newborn would be seen as a bad mother, which is a vital part of woman’s identity within the community.
Disease Transmission Knowledge
Not only are people unaware about AIDS/HIV transmission, they are also unaware about STI/RTI transmission. The largest percentage of people, 42.1% does not know how one becomes infected with STI/RTI, and 39.3% do not know how to prevent infection. Deficient knowledge leads to risky behaviors and a consequential spreading of the diseases. Because many people are unaware, they are not taking the measures of prevention necessary to help stop the spread to others.
Overall there is a compounding of issues that work together to worsen the epidemic of 

HIV/AIDS. Lack of knowledge and resources perpetuates the already existing stigmas within the community and create large hurdles against progress. There are many factors working against one another that create the current state of infection and knowledge. The existing situation is fairly grim, but the data gives a starting point upon which to move forward. Although grander problems such as poverty and illiteracy cannot be solved overnight, AIDS/HIV education programs and workshops can help change attitudes and behaviors, thereby positively affecting future outcomes. Short-term solutions can lead to long-term change.Building capacity of NGOs working on HIV/AIDS though IT Training in 14 statesof India, Supported by UNAIDS, India
The purpose of the project was to train 171 NGO personnel (102 men and 69 women) including 15 women of the Positive Women’s Network (PWN) from Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat were selected for IT training in information technology skills in the whole of Northern and some parts of the Western region (Gujarat and Rajasthan) of India. The course included basic IT proficiency including accessing information, setting up RSS feeds, adding content on the NGO Network Gateway. The training was supposed to help in bringing forward community voices into the key forums and also empower the NGOs/CBOs to represent the perspectives of civil society including people living with HIV.
  •  To provide basic IT skills to 170 NGO workers
  • To help and enhance the skills of NGOs to seek and access information from the websites
  • To promote networking with other NGOs for knowledge sharing and advocacy purposes
Target beneficiaries
One key personnel with each NGO working on HIV/AIDS and violence against women etc. in association with GBS in 14 states of India namely Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan were selected for IT training.
Details of the course
  • Computer Fundamentals MS Windows, MS Office including MS Word, Excel, Power Point, e-mail and Internet
  • The selected persons got training at reputed training systems in their vicinity
Training to the women members of SHG,Supported by NACO and RSACS
A training programmes was implemented for the 2,000 women leaders of 1,000 SHG on HIV/AIDS with support from the Rajasthan State AIDS Control Society (RSACS) and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) in 215 villages in 7 Blocks of district Tonk.
Since the level of awareness among the women with regard to HIV/AIDS and STDs/RTIs was very low and they didn’t know anything about HIV or AIDS, they were very eager to get information on these issues. They asked many questions about the pandemic. Kusum Jain, project Director and joint secretary, GBS clarified various issues related to the main causes of infection from HIV and other STDs/RTIs, strategies to prevent and remove the myths and misconceptions around it.
The women members of SHG gathered for training on HIV/AIDS in village Chironj
Kusum made the rural women understand the root causes of infection and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated to the disease. The women were very happy to get such information. 
Women's Empowerment
The project ‘Improving the lives of rural women artisans by promoting traditional handicrafts’,Supported by the Art Venture, Singapore.
Target beneficiaries: Women artisans of backward castes in the rural areas of Rajasthan, India
Outcomes and achievements
Artistic vision of the beneficiaries
1. The project created an artistic vision among 500 women entrepreneurs and they could feel themselves connected deeply with their traditional art and culture
2. The quality of the handicraft articles produced by the women artisans improved
3. Marketing of the articles produced by the women entrepreneurs became more easier
4. Income of the women artisans increased to a good extent
5. The project has created ample opportunities of jobs for the women in the target area
Improvements in the quality of life
1. The financial contribution of the women artisans to their family was warmly welcomed which upgraded their status in the family
2. Hand operated bore wells were installed in 13 villages of the area as result of the attempts of the artisans to attain the basic amenities
3. 60 Women artisans got their daughters enrolled in the private schools
4. 35 women converted their thatched houses into cemented ones
5. 24 artisans underwent sterilization to adopt small family norms
6. Many of the trained artisans expressed their willingness to get education to learn how to read and write
Transfer of skills/knowledge to further beneficiaries
1. The women artisans participated in the project are very much eager to transfer their skill and knowledge of the traditional handicraft work to their younger generation 
2. The women artisans in the villages those who are in direct touch with the beneficiaries of the project have been impacted to take up the work from their co-fellows.
Protection and improvement of enviorement
Wasteland development: Gandhivan Project
GBS implemented a model project on wasteland development namely ‘Gandhivan’ in village Todaladi of district Jaipur focusing on activities i.e. planting trees of various species adaptable to the local climate and useful for the villagers, developing rain water   harvesting structures, stabilizing sand dunes, conserving soil and moisture successfully etc.
The key outcomes of the project include:
  • Planted 80,000 trees of various species of fuel, fodder, fruits, shadow and timber
  • Regenerated 35,000 roots of hacked trees
  • Solved the problem of fuel and fodder of 15,000 people of neighboring 10 villages
  • Rain water harvested by constructing check dams and ponds which is availlable for 5,000 cattle, wild animals and birds
  • Level of water raised in 25 wells of the area
  • Soil and moisture conserved at over 5,000 hectare land
  • 500 community people got employment
  • 150 youth trained on environmental issues 
The project was appreciated widely and conferred with many awards and appreciations including the following:
  •  Van Vistarak Puraskar given by the Ministry of Environment, Government of Rajasthan
  • Indira Priyadarshani Vrikshamitra Puraskar given by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
  • Ford Conservation and Environment Award given by the Ford India Co
  • UNDP recognized it as one of the success stories of wastelands development
  • A delegation of SAARC Countries called as one of the best projects on wastelands development

Environmental regeneration by forestation and reviving the traditional water structures in the arid zone of Rajasthan, India. A project successfully implemented with support from the Mitsui & Co., Japan during April/2010 ~ March/2013.

Objectives of the Project: The proposed project is based on the Gandhivan project successfully implemented by GBS in 1995-2007. Adaptations have been made and objectives have been tailored to the specific land area where this project is proposed to be implemented. The overall goal and main objectives of the project are to:

  • Harvest maximum amount of rain water
  • Check the soil erosion and run off
  • Plant trees of indigenous species to solve the problem of fuel and fodder of the community people
  • Prevent extinction and ensure that the traditional knowledge of medicinal properties is retained
  • Restore ecological balance to the heavily degraded area
  • Improve Community life through education and employment possibilities within the project
  • Building capacity of local youth and women of SHG (Self Help Groups) of the area
  • Make the community people aware of environment issues, particularly the frugal use of water, protecting the existing forests and plant more trees etc.
Outcomes of the project
 The Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee (PIMC) was formed involving all the key stakeholders.
  • Baseline data and information collected on the problems of the people and situation of natural resources in the target area
  • 2,000 community people of 20 villages participated in the camps whose level of awareness was raised on environment issues
  • Planted 100,000 trees of various indigenous species, which solved the problem of fuel and fodder of 5,000 community people.
  • 30,000 trees of medicinal value were protected and regenerated, which could be used for different medicinal purposes.
  • 2 new check dams built, 2 old dams and 2 village ponds repaired. Rain water harvested in these structures was utilized for 30,000 people and 1,000 cattle of the area. It conserved moisture in 5,000 hectare barren and infertile land to grow trees and grasses.
  • 50 deep gullies plugged by erecting mud walls cum trenches, which helped checking soil erosion and further degradation of land.
  • 30 sand dunes stabilized that checked shifting sand sheets, reduced frequencies of sand storms and incidents of fire.
  • 20 youth volunteers and 20 women members of SHG were trained on environment issues and importance of the project and involve them in the implementation of the project activities.
  • People’s participation evolved by forming a Project Implementation and Monitoring Committee (PIMC) comprising all the key stakeholders of the area
  • Training provided to 40 youth volunteers and women members of SHG that helped in the implementation of project activities.
  • Awareness raised on environment issues among 2,000 community people of 20 villages.
  • Rain water harvested to a good extent in 6 structures constructed and repaired i.e. check dams, wells and ponds.
  • Shifting of sand sheets was checked and frequency of wind storms and fire incidents reduced by stabilizing 30 sand dunes.
  • Problem of fuel, fodder and fruits of the women of backward castes solved by planting 100,000 trees of indigenous species.

Study & Research
Research on desertification
GBS conducted a research on the process of desertification in the Aravalli ranges in district Jaipur.
Key aspects of the research:
1. Existence of forest, wild animals and birds 20 to 50 years before in the area
2. Demographic statistics of that period
3. Source of livelihood at that time
4. Cultivation and animal husbandry
5. Process of deforestation
6. Endangered species of animals and birds
Following were the key findings of the study:
  • Threatened plants from the sandy habitats
  • The plants of gravel habitat threatened in the Thar Desert
  • Endangered birds
  • Rare animal species
  • Severely endangered animal species 
Causes of extinction
There are several causes of extinction of several animal species, prominent among which are:
  • Loss of habitat
  • Global warming
  • Hunting for meat and earning money from sales of nails, skin and other organs
  • Inappropriate protection measures
  • Lack of awareness among the people
Following methodology was adopted for the research:
  • Survey and study on the research topics
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Feedback from the key stakeholders on research findings
  • Final report