Grameen Mahila Vikas Sansthan (GMVS)

Founded: 1996

Headquarters: Latur, Maharashtra

Geographical Focus: Maharashtra

Lives Impacted: 57,400+

Organization Overview:

Grameen Mahila Vikas Sansthan works with women and girls from underserved communities in the drought prone district of Latur. GMVS works on addressing issues of gender-based violence, child marriage and farmer suicides amongst others. They work to build capacities within the communities they serve and harness the transformative potential of collective action.

NGO List

  • Samudayik Kalyan Evam Vikas Sansthan (SKEVS)

    Founded: 2004

    Headquarters: Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh

    Geographical Focus: Uttar Pradesh

    Lives Impacted: 48,000+

    Organization Overview:

    SKVS aims for justice & equity of the Musahar (‘rat eater’, Dalit) communities in Kushinagar district at the Indo-Nepal Border. These communities were traditional rat-hunters and historic social exclusion and stigma has retained them in undignified living and work conditions. SKVS believes that providing access to land rights, political agency, education and skilling can empower these communities for a self-reliant & dignified life.

  • Sanatan Unnayan Sangstha (SUS)

    Founded: 2007

    Headquarters: Silchar, Assam

    Geographical Focus: Assam

    Lives Impacted: 40,000+

    Organization Overview:

    Sanatan Unnayan Sangstha (SUS) works with tea garden workers* in Southern Assam. By empowering the target communities through livelihood support, education, and healthcare interventions, the organization is building resilience against adversities such as floods, and challenges posed by discrimination, and economic hardships.

  • Santhivardhana Ministries (SM)

    Founded: 2005

    Headquarters: East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh

    Geographical Focus: Andhra Pradesh

    Lives Impacted: 1,300+

    Organization Overview:

    Santhivardhana Ministries aims to build self-reliance in person and children with disabilities (PWDs and CWDs) from flood-prone East Godavari district of Tamil Nadu. SM believes the quality of life for PWDs can be improved through meaningful education, skilling and community sensitivity and support. They focus on building self-reliance through residential schools, livelihoods programs, micro-enterprises and access to rights and entitlements.

  • Sappho for Equality

    Founded: 1999

    Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal

    Geographical Focus: West Bengal

    Lives Impacted: 196,000

    Organization Overview:

    Sappho strives to build a safe, gender affirmative society for members of the trans and queer community by enabling advocacy and dialogue around gender and sexuality. Sappho predominantly focusses on working with members of community assigned female at birth – (Lesbians, Bisexual women, Trans men, non-binary), through various support initiatives – peer support, capacity building, crisis helpline, counselling and shelter homes. 

  • Satya Special School

    Founded: 2003

    Headquarters: Puducherry

    Geographical Focus: Puducherry

    Lives Impacted: 12,000+

    Organization Overview:

    Satya Special School aims to empower people with special needs and lead the way toward inclusion in education, employment, and society at large by specialized intervention, rehabilitation, capacity building, and public policy advocacy. One of their objectives is to support mothers of children with special needs (CWSN) to facilitate the holistic development of their children to lead a life with dignity. 

  • Seva Niketan 

    Founded: 2003    

    Geographical Focus: Odisha  

    Organization Overview:

    Seva Niketan is led by Kanchan Bhag and Dashrati Behera. The organization has been actively engaged with the community for a long period, refining its methodology to effectively work with community members. Employing a rights-based approach, the organization initiates its efforts by generating awareness within the community. This involves engaging in open discussions on the rights of the community. Though time investment is required, the organization aims to enhance the community’s capacities, enabling them to advocate for their rights. 

  • Sevabharathi

    Founded: 2004

    Headquarters: Mangalore, Karnataka

    Geographical Focus: Karnataka

    Lives Impacted: 8,000+

    Organization Overview:

    Sevabharathi aims provide support to persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) by raising awareness of the degree of injury, access to rehabilitative interventions. They aim to set up an institutional rehabilitation center that can support eight paraplegic and two quadriplegic patients from low socioeconomic backgrounds to optimize recovery, adapt to a new way of life and support them to rebuild their independency and re-enter the communities. 

  • Shaishav

    Founded: 1992

    Headquarters: Bhavnagar, Gujarat

    Geographical Focus: Gujarat

    Lives Impacted: 200,000+ (children)

    Organization Overview:

    Shaishav aims to fight child developmental issues such as child labour and education in small, remote, underdeveloped, and aspirational districts of Gujarat. It works on the holistic development of children of migrant labourers from the Dadvi, Vasava, and Tadvi tribes, through a rights-based approach and innovative teaching methods to enable awareness, learning, and leadership building of these children.

  • Shakti Shalini (SS)

    Founded: 1987

    Headquarters: New Delhi

    Geographical Focus: Delhi NCR

    Lives Impacted: 15,000+

    Organization Overview:

    Shakti Shalini approaches gender-based violence through a response and prevention model. Through response interventions they work with survivors and children of survivors of GBV through crisis intervention, shelter and counselling support. They work with socio-economically poor migrant communities in South-East Delhi focused on prevention of gender & sexual violence. 

  • Sikshasandhan

    Founded: 1995 

    Geographical Focus: Odisha 

    Organization Overview:

    The organization was founded by Anil along with support from Agragamee, another NGO that works tribals in Rayagada, who decided to specifically work on the cause education for Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups in remote areas of Mayurbhanj. Sikhshasandan works with the tribal communities and Denotified Lodha tribe to build community leadership and promote tribal culture and education. They facilitate school-level meetings among community members, Panchayat leaders, and teachers to discuss the issues and challenges in education. They collectivize people in new areas through sports activities and community feasts and start engaging them in community meetings. They capacitate tribal women through locally run Sabai grass crafts and provide marketing and resource centers for them.

  • Social Action For Appropriate Transformation And Advancement In Rural Areas (SATRA)

    Founded: 2002

    Headquarters: Sipajhar, Assam

    Geographical Focus: Assam

    Lives Impacted: 2,00,000+

    Organization Overview:

    SATRA supports families from economically poor ST communities (Bodo, Rabha and tea-tribes) as well as religious minorities and Nepalis living in flood prone areas of Assam. Their mission is to empower them for economic growth and self-reliance. They do this through interventions in livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, mental health, literacy and child protection.

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  • Social Action for Rural Tribals and Inhabitants (SARTHI)

    Founded: 1980

    Headquarters: Mahisagar, Gujarat

    Geographical Focus: Gujarat

    Lives Impacted: 250,000

    Organization Overview:

    SARTHI was established as a branch of Social Work and Research Centre (SWRC), Tilonia with the aim to empower underserved communities in rural and tribal pockets of the district with a focus on women’s development. The organization primarily works with women and other members of Bhil families and some from Scheduled Caste (Chamar and Harijan) communities.