Improving conditions of marginalized communities in India
Crisis: There has been limited social and economic growth in the last decade because of scarcity of resources and knowledge in the rural communities of India. Samerth Charitable Trust was established 16 years ago to focus on improving conditions of vulnerable communities to help them gain access to their basic rights and has invested their time and energy towards education, water conservation, women's empowerment and livelihoods ever since.
Programs: Samerth works on several causes in Chhattisgarh, Kutch and Ahmedabad related to Water Management and importance of sanitation; conducts Leadership-Building workshops for women and children, life-skills training for legal literacy information, rights and schemes, etc. The NGO also has a hostel for migrants, a seasonal school for the girl child and an education center for mentally challenged children. They address issues on nutrition and leverages government schemes to build resources for the same, generate employment and reduce migration. Spreading awareness about domestic violence and sharing information of their rights is also a part of their initiatives. Besides this, the organization works closely with the Baiga tribe to help them gain access of basic government health facilities
Outcome: Samerth has created a cadre of 20 empowering women from Ahmedabad, trained them as paralegal to provide legal and emotional support to individuals. With their efforts they were able to support 135 men and 104 women for the Baiga community. In 2018, Samerth Charitable Trust has 450 and 38,000+ direct and indirect beneficiaries respectively.
Income Rs5 cr
Expense Rs4 cr
Source : Audit Report 2018
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