About Us

SAHAJ strives to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged people, both through direct action in the communities as well as through action research and policy advocacy. We believe in developing programmes that are led by the community based on their needs.

Founded in 1984 in Vadodara, SAHAJ focuses on social accountability and citizenship building for children, adolescents and women in two specific sectors - Health and Education. We have developed thematic interventions in the key areas of Child Rights, Adolescent Rights and Maternal Health by emphasising social accountability, working with stakeholders to ensure access to public services and improve the quality of the same. We also concentrate on policy advocacy and networking with entities with common goals.

SAHAJ primarily undertakes projects only if they meet the broad mission statement of the organisation, that is, to strive for practical relevance to the poor and to be innovative in approach and execution. Secondly, the project has to be the primary concern and professional interest / vocation of at least one of the trustees with the said trustee/trustees being completely responsible for the quality and goal fulfillment of the project. in addition, every other trustee of SAHAJ is kept informed of any major development in the project.

Programme Areas

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.

Our Strategies

Direct Interventions


Action Research and Knowledge Building


Documentation and Dissemination


Facilitating Change Agents


Training and Capacity Building


Collaborating, Networking and Alliances