Empowering communities in Rajasthan


Sahaj founded by social workers who worked in Lok Jumbish Pariyojana (Rajasthan People’s movement for education for all and its one of best programme in education sector) from 1992. The social worker team were not want to  leave area after successfully end of this programme because there were lots of work still needed in area for empowerment of women and girls and to work in different thematic issues including health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, education, skill development and livelihood sectors.  So they decided to establish organization in 1999-2000 and also set-up office in hard to reach area. Sahaj sansthan currently have 3 office and all three office are in villages where we are working.

Some key programmes implemented by Sahaj
1.       The first project of Sahaj is Shivamba awasiya Balika awasiy shikshan yozana till 2005 which is 2nd phase of Lok Jumbish Pariyozana. Sahaj established residential training centre in Baap and Phalodi area for those girls who never gone school. The main challenge in this project to counsel parents of girls for their education and mobilize girls at residential education centre. The team of young social worker success to mobilize 106  girls (which are highest number in any training centre in Rajasthan in this project) at training centre. Sahaj educated and trained 106 girls and enrolled them in Govt school at 8th standard. The Sahaj team really feel proud that 10 girls selected in Rajasthan police out of 106 girls.

2.       Malaria control programme is another high impact project implemented by Sahaj in 2003-04 with support of Plan International. The Baap block of Jodhpur district one of highest malaria affected block in India. Sahaj worked closely with communities and local administration. The impact of project observed within a year as Malaria cases reduced in block up to 40% and every community is well aware about malaria prevention and control in block. The team of this project really done amazing work on ground because there are no roads available in much of villages and no public transportation. Only 30% people are literate during project period.

3.       Total sanitation programme implemented by Sahaj in Jodhpur and Nagaur district from 2007 -09. Both district highly affected by open defecation and poor hygiene. Sahaj team reached every village to aware and sensitize people about total sanitation through different awareness and capacity building activities. The project implemented very successfully for 3 years with support of Government of Rajasthan.

4.    Reproductive and child health programme (RCH-2) impelemented in Jaisalmer district by Sahaj and efforts of Sahaj organization recognized as a best project in Rajasthan. Sahaj worked in Ramgarh and Sam block where RCH indicators were very poor and total fertility rate is very high.

5.     CSR (corporate social espnsibility projects): Sahaj implemented different projects in Jodhpur zone and Punjab with support of SunEdison and Punj Lloyd. The project covered issues holistically. Constructed hundreds  Tanka, model anganwadi,s, strengthening of government schools and different awareness and skill development activities organized under these projects. Some details of project highlighted at http://www.punjlloydgroup.com/cr/communities/village-development-bap.

6.  Health and nutrition project: Sahaj implemented health and nutrition project in selected villages of Jodhpur district with support of ILFS (Nalanda foundation and Saurya urja). This project aims to reduce morbidity and mortality in selected area. Health system strengthening, nurse mentoring, FLW capacity building, assessment of health and AWC institution and supply of essentials are main activities of this project.

6.       Other projects: Sahaj implemented mobile medical unit in Jaisalmer district for 2 year with support of HLFPPT/SUZLON in 59 villages. Sahaj trained around 10000 ASHA, AWW and ANM includes village health sanitation committee (VHNSC) members in Jodhpur zone for 2 years. This project aims to strengthen VHNSC at village level. Besides this many other health and education project implemented with support of CASA, Cuts international, SABLA project with WCD department and health department.

Current programme 
1.    Swalamban program: The Swalamban project (Earlier revive program) started in 2009 with support of Women Serve in Baap area. This project cover holistic issues includes livelihood, WASH, health, education and awareness activities. Currently Women Serve supporting this project. The activities and glos includes to form and strengthen the organization and self-reliance of six senna farming communities (approximately 12,000 people).  Improve water security through the harvesting, storage and treatment of rainwater using traditional and sustainable technologies (taankas, khadins and naadis). Enhance food security by developing khadin (field embankments) water storage, family gardens (horticultural units), community seed banks, and agriculture training. Ensure livestock security through the development of fodder cooperatives, pasture lands, stud bull centers, veterinarian health services and animal husbandry trainings. Improve community health through hygiene education, the training of Village Health Workers (VHW) and midwives, mobile medical camps, and the provision of health services (ANC & immunizations, pre-& post-natal check- ups, TB screenings, and cataract eye care/surgeries). Provide education through the construction of primary and middle schools, teacher trainings, English & computer literacy, and access to secondary education (including student transportation, college scholarships and night school classes.)  Construct Community Resource Centers (CRCs) which provide clean, protected storage for the organic senna (including senna seed storage) during harvest times and facilitate village meetings for education, health care, enterprise and community development and produce academic based studies, both agriculture and social, that evaluates, measure, and guides the progress and outcome of the Revive! Project. news 

2.       Health and ECCD project: This project implementing in selected villages of Baap and Phalodi block with support of Women Serve. The innovative practices used in this project to strengthen Anganwadi,s and MCHN services in selected villages. Model and innovative angawadi developed and regular activities organized at village level for capacity building of front line health worker and village stakeholders. We glad to know that community mobilizing resources  to support anganwadi because now they aware that 0 to 6 years children are pillar of better society and good investment needed most for early childhood development. 

3.       Sewing school project: This project running with support of USHA International. Currently 203 school operating by Sahaj in Jodhpur zone at 203 villages. Around 4500 women trained at sewing school and conducted meetings on health and nutrition awareness at sewing school. Total 203 tutor earning 3 to 15 thousand per month from sewing school. Watch story on NDTV: https://special.ndtv.com/kushalta-ke-kadam-12/video-detail/gomi-devi-fuelling-fire-of-entrepreneurship-in-barmer-rajasthan-461681

4.   Mobile veterinary project: Sahaj Sansthan implementing Mobile veterinary program in 50 villages of  Jodhpur district with support of the Sourya Urja from 2020. The projects aims to provide quality health care and treatment services to animals at door steps. news

5.       Other activities: Sahaj working with SUMA- Global red ribbon alliance, CASA, RAJMERU in Jodhpur zone on PRI strengthening and MCHN issues. Besides this running 21 Govt mode school libraries and activities related to animal husbandry and farming. Sahaj sansthan also representing  world conference on Sustainable development goals. Recently our director represented Global festival of Action and agenda 2010 in Bonn, Germany.  

6. Sahaj Sansthan actively working on covid-19 response from first wave. Distributed covid-19 essentials to health care worker, served free cost food and deployed 2 ambulance for referral services. news ambulance service