VKS Sharanya Welfare Society (VKSSWS) aims to provide sustainable livelihoods to the rural underprivileged poor. They also work to improve the health, education and vocational skills of people in need.
Their programs include:
Women’s Empowerment: VKSSWS organizes women into Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and trains them in tailoring and designing jewellery in traditional art forms. Around 18 women are a part of their SHG in West Bengal. VKSSWS helps them market these products to corporates in offices across the country. This helps the SHG earn revenues and provides the women with a source of income. They have also set up a store in Hyderabad to display and sell their products.
Financial Literacy: The organization partners with government agencies and corporates like Yes Bank to hold financial literacy camps in Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and other states.
Health Camps: VKSSWS provides preventive healthcare services to rural and semi-urban communities across India. This includes gynaecological, paediatric and ophthalmology checkups in association with various hospitals. They also regularly organize blood donation camps.
Education: VKSSWS runs vocational training programs for final year college students in order to make them more employable. The program includes psychometric training, mentorship and monitoring to help the students make better decisions. They also organize other activities like blood donation drives and exhibitions of products made by women in their self-help groups.