Sahayog Society For Participatory Rural Development
From its founding in 1992, SAHAYOG, a non-profit voluntary organisation, has worked with the mission of promoting sustainable participatory rural development in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Uttarakhand. In order to implement this mission, SAHAYOG worked directly with rural communities for its first decade in one development block of Almora district of Uttarakhand on issues such as: women’s reproductive health and rights; women’s participation in local governing bodies called panchayats; popular knowledge systems; women’s empowerment; youth mobilisation and Dalit development.
After the formation of a separate state of Uttarakhand in 2000, SAHAYOG’s intervention in rural areas gradually decentralised into a number of smaller separate organisations, led by experienced women and men who were earlier SAHAYOG staff. In Uttarakhand, SAHAYOG has facilitated the starting up of PRAYAS Community Awareness Centre (CAC) and DHAD, a cultural action group of Dalit youth. These organisations are now independent but continue to be associated with SAHAYOG through an informal network based on shared values and approaches.
SAHAYOG has worked as a resource organisation for other NGOs, government bodies, donors and technical agencies. After the SAHAYOG head office relocated to Lucknow in 2000, SAHAYOG developed close partnerships with grassroots NGOs in Uttar Pradesh and other states. Currently SAHAYOG works closely with a select group of district partner organisations within UP to provide technical support, capacity building and knowledge-sharing activities on issues of gender, women’s health, work with men, women’s rights and violence against women.
SAHAYOG was originally registered in 1992 as a society and is also registered under the FCRA of the Government of India. Currently SAHAYOG is also registered as a Trust (2005) to facilitate national-level work.See more