SVARAJ- Society for Voluntary Action Revitalization and Justice, is a national Voluntary organization working for the last 35 years on environmental protection & regeneration and fighting poverty & injustices. Our vision is “A just society in a just environment”.
We believe in equipping the poor to claim their rights & lead their own development; and seek to do this by linking innovative community initiatives to state & national advocacy. Svaraj implements community programs directly while also supporting grass root NGOs through small grants.
Our current focus:
Thematic: 1) Water & Sanitation- including rooftop rainwater harvesting, rejuvenation of water bodies/rivers; 2) Livelihood security; 3) Climate change coping & adpatation; 4) Empowering women/communities to lead their development;
Geographic: States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan & Gujarat
Social/people groups: Women, small/marginal farmers, landless families, tribal communities, slum communities
Our development strategy entails:
Demonstrating & nurturing best practices in community anchored development initiatives in water, food and livelihood security
Sensitization of: communities through hands on in situ trainings & campaigns; students, youth & working professionals through providing volunteering/internship opportunities
Influencing appropriate policies-practices (& changes) of the larger stakeholder community – Govt & GOs, through:
Evidence based Advocacy
Lobbying through synergetic collaborations with academic/research institutions
Strategic use of communication tools and media
Raising resources for financing these initiatives through Appeals & with public-private collaborations
We derive fulfilment from the several success stories of poor transforming their lives to lead a life of dignity, influencing transformation in their village/small town economies.
The difficulties we encounter and the failures we go through make us wiser by the day.
For the communities we work with, our donors who support us with their donations and our collaborators who entrust us with financial and intellectual resources, we owe our thanks and gratitude.
Come, join us in the effort to help transform India into a nation that cares for all its citizens-especially the poor & marginalized
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