SAHAJ was founded in Vadodara, Gujarat in 1984, with an idea of providing a supportive and facilitative atmosphere to persons interested in doing original work in the area of Health and Education. The common strand for all work of SAHAJ has been a conscious focus on marginalized and deprived communities.

SAHAJ encourages social accountability and citizenship building for children, adolescents and women in the Health and Education sectors. We have developed thematic interventions in these sectors by working with stakeholders to ensure access to public services and improve the quality of the same. For greater impact at the state national and international level, we collaborate with like-minded organizations to form coalitions.

SAHAJ believes to be led by the communities it works with. It encourages innovative strategies with a practical relevance to these communities with a gender, rights and an inclusion approach.


We work with marginalized communities from rural, urban and tribal areas. Groups we intervene with comprise of children and adolescents of 0 to 18 years, youth 19 to 24 years (boys and girls) and women and men in the reproductive age group. The adolescents/youth comprise of individuals who are school going or dropouts or never gone to school, married or unmarried, disabled or in sexual minorities.

1. Advocate for children’s rights through empowered community cadres and pressure groups

2. Sensitize parents and community on their role in comprehensive development of their children with a gender equality and civic rights-based approach

3. Empower children by educating them about health, sexuality, gender and life skills

4. Advocate for secure childhood as every child’s right

Our Perspective

"ALL children are born with fundamental freedoms and ALL human beings have some inherent rights".
- Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Child Rights program is one of the first programmes undertaken by SAHAJ. With the belief that ‘Every child must be guaranteed equal rights to survival, development, protection and participation, SAHAJ works on child rights issues, in Vadodara through a local grass-root level network of child right's animators.

1. To increase awareness about gender, sexuality, rights, and entitlements related to Sabla, ARSH and NYKS programmes

2. To promote collective action by local groups of girls and boys.

3. To advocate with stakeholders on adolescent rights issues.

4. To monitor and evaluate the progress made towards the Goal and to document lessons learnt.

Our Perspective

SAHAJ believes that adolescents must first be made aware of their rights and duties, in order to become responsible individuals. SAHAJ also places emphasis on sensitising adolescent boys and girls to gender and sexuality issues. Initiatives such as training in writing applications have helped the youth in seeking employment while dialogues regarding gender has resulted in positive attitudinal changes.

1. To enable communities to monitor access to and quality of maternal health care through use of ‘safe delivery’ indicators.

2. To equip communities with skills to identify and report pregnancy related deaths and perinatal deaths.

3. To build capacity of NRHM accountability mechanisms and other community-based organizations to examine the social, economic and gender factors underlying maternal deaths which need to be addressed.

4. To advocate with stakeholders in the health system to facilitate community monitoring of maternal health care and community participation in Maternal Death Reviews.

Our Perspective

The right to health is internationally recognised as a fundamental human right. SAHAJ focuses on spreading awareness amongst communities and empowering them to claim health-related entitlements. SAHAJ's health program is based on not just biomedical factors, but also social determinants, gender and rights.


Direct Interventions


Facilitating Change Agents


Knowledge Building and Action Research


Training and Capacity Building


Collaborating, Networking and Alliances


Documentation and Dissemination