Who We Are
Established in 2012, Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM) is a community-led development organization that works with communities residing in the underserved informal urban settlements of Mumbai, and the historically marginalized rural tribal villages of Maharashtra, India. Together with communities, we create innovative and comprehensive development solutions, enabling communities to thrive.
GPM works to promote human rights and social justice through our holistic community-based programs and interventions. We strive to create a more equitable society, and believe the perpetuation of poverty and injustice must be eradicated. Thousands of people living in the informal urban settlements and rural tribal villages where we work, have been denied their basic rights and opportunities to fulfill their potential. We believe marginalized and neglected populations and communities deserve better. It is their human right to be able to access quality education, health care, nutritious food and livelihoods, and to be safe and secure in the environment in which they live. We work to support stronger, more resilient communities- not only for the future, but for NOW.
We appreciate that communities possess unique knowledge, assets, and abilities, and should lead in determining what is best for their development. However insufficient access to resources and opportunities prevent communities from actualizing a healthier and more prosperous environment. Partnering with communities and local stakeholders enables us to achieve sustainable community development and address crosscutting challenges. Our grassroots approach places the community at the core of our work. By leveraging local assets and knowhow in tackling the most pressing issues, we engage marginalized and underserved populations to create genuine holistic programs – for, and by the community.
Our way of working is informed by a set of commitments which promotes a localized and inclusive response to humanitarian-development challenges:
✓ Community led development- placing the community at the heart of our work through community led initiatives focused on localized solutions.
✓ Holistic response- accounting for the cross cutting roots of poverty, and applying a holistic strategy in order to break the cycle.
✓ Grassroots mindset- programs and interventions are created with full participation of the community, and implemented by local staff from the communities in which we actively operate.
✓ Age, gender, diversity and inclusion- ensuring an inclusive approach in the design and implementation of our initiatives, staffing, and overall organizational mandate.
Historically marginalized and underserved communities in urban and rural settings face a myriad of challenges at any given time. Challenges, such as access to education, adequate health care services, durable livelihood opportunities, food security and nutrition, are co-dependent and thus, directly influence one another - either alleviating the challenge at hand, or exacerbating it.
Instead of focusing our work on one sector or challenge, our method addresses the intersection of challenges and needs that communities face through four integrated pillars of sustainable community development; education, healthcare, livelihoods, and nutrition. This holistic approach supports the overall socio-economic prosperity of communities, influencing not only sustainability, but THRIVABILITY!
Our efforts in tackling these four core pillars enables us to do our part in achieving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed at ensuring basic human rights for all. These four pillars directly address four of the SDG’s (#’s 2,3,4,8), while simultaneously influencing all 17 SDGs, such as #1 No Poverty, #2 Clean Water and Sanitation, and #3 Gender Equality.