15 of our villages are currently ‘Ideal Villages’. We hope to be able to make all of the our 180 villages -ideal villages!

The Ideal Village programme of PRIDE was first initiated in 2004 in Varandoli village of Raigad district. With major emphasis on health and sanitation, the programme in its initial years emulated the objectives of Nirmal Gram Yojna of the Central Government. PRIDE focused on improving health indicators such as mortality and morbidity rates, reproductive and child health, simultaneously working on improving the sanitation and hygiene aspects through behavior change programmes.

Over the years we realized, to make a sustainable change we need to include other thematic areas for holistic development of individuals and villagers. PRIDE therefore aimed to develop the village as an institution where the community takes ownership of their personal well-being and of their surroundings.

This insight has gradually evolved into the present integrated development programme. The programme is classified into personal human social and economic domains. Further, we have developed indicators to measure the progress in each domain. We emphasize individual participation, community involvement and participation of government to develop good governance practices. We believe that integrated development of villages will be primarily achieved through implementation of existing scheme of central and state governments, in a convergent manner along with other funding support and community involvement.

Nagaon – A role model for other villages

The village of Nagaon in Mahad won the Nirmal Gram Puraskar Yojana, a national level award for total sanitation of villages. The sarpanch of the village personally received the award from the then President, His Excellency Late Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.