History

It was in the year 2000, a team of young and like-minded students, at an age of 21 years came together with a dream to build a stronger India. An India - where all citizens have equal opportunity of sustainable development. While pursuing their Master’s in Social Work (M.S.W) at Manasagangothri, University of Mysore, Mysore in Karnataka the team learnt the nuances of Professional Social Work methods. Awareness of Social Work methods like Case Work, Group Work, Community Organization, Social Work Research and Social Action was a shot in the arm which motivated them to initiate the first step towards “helping people to help themselves”.

The team along with their classmates with strong fortitude and courage started creating awareness on human rights, women and child rights, need for empowerment, environmental issues in and around the University campus after college hours. Meanwhile, thrilled by the initial success in creating awareness among the public, the question was on how to establish a sustainable and long-term intervention?

The answer came in the form of establishing SADHANA, a non-governmental organization. Initial formalities of preparation of objectives and bye-law of the organization were drafted by the team with consultation from experts in the field, lecturers and well-wishers. In 2001, the team officially registered SADHANA under the Karnataka Societies’ Registration Act, 1960.

After completing their Master’s in Social Work in June 2002, the team first directly went to Chamarajanagar, one of the most backward and newly formed districts of Karnataka. The first office was a thatched roof shed amidst a slum in Chamarajanagar which did not even have the basic amenities of food, water and toilet! Social problems like poverty, exploitation, dowry harassment, lack of women empowerment etc. that were part of the textbook were right in front of the young post-graduates!! Without losing focus, the team immersed itself in community organization, lived a life of a slum dweller and built a kinship within the community.

Soon the team realised that the community knows their needs and they only need to facilitate this process of development and empowerment. SADHANA identified that if any change has to happen then it has to be through women. With the objective of creating women as ‘change agents’, the team mobilized women to join Self Help Groups (SHGs). With women as an entry-point activity, further programs were devised considering family as a unit. Thus, comprehensive development activities were planned and implemented in and around Chamarajanagar Taluk.

Due to SADHANA’s interventions, women empowerment became the buzzword and community came forward to collaborate voluntarily. Further, all the activities broadly classified into 5E’s - Empowerment, hEalth, Education, Environment and nEtworking.



Gaining knowledge and skills through ‘learning by doing’, now, the organisation is serving more than 30,000 families in rural, tribal and urban areas. SADHANA is indebted to all the stakeholders who have provided the opportunity to serve, allowed to be with them and grow along with the community. This team of 8 professionals have created a niche in community development and are committed for the social cause. SADHANA will be together to see India as a developed country, where all Indians can hold their head high and salute this beautiful country.

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SADHANA is the brainchild of inexhaustible perseverance of a strong team of young and dynamic professionals from Social Work background, who occupy the key positions of management and administrative positions. Established in November 2001.

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