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.