SAHAJ – Society for Health Alternatives
SAHAJ founded in 1984 strives to make a practical difference in lives of marginalized people both through direct action in the communities as well as through action research and policy advocacy work. They believe in developing programs based on the expressed needs of the communities that they work with. Over the years, they have come to believe that their work has to result in building capacities of the communities they are engaged with. Their work, they believe is to inform people about their entitlements and organize them so that they can assess these entitlements.
Participant Profile: Sunanda Ganju (Board Member)
Sunanda has a post graduate degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (1985). From 1987 to 2015, she worked extensively in programs related to Reproductive, Sexual and Maternal health in NGOs like Baroda Citizens Council and Deepak Foundation located at Vadodara, Gujarat and has also been a visiting faculty at the Faculty of Social work, M.S. University of Baroda. She has undertaken several evaluation studies related to maternal health and women’s empowerment and was contributing to Women’s Feature Service, an international news agency. Sunanda also worked as an Executive Director in Baroda Citizens Council from 2006 -2007 and later as a Project leader in the project on ‘Enabling Community Action for Maternal Health’ (supported by MacArthur) from 2012 -2015 at SAHAJ. At present she is also a board member in Bal Bhavan Society. She is currently compiling stories of women in pre and post-independence period of Kashmir.