‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’ — Mahatma Gandhi.

Following this quote, Sanchetana Community Health and Research Centre is constantly striving to encourage people to help those in need, encouraging them to keep alive the trait of Humanity in humans.

Infield since 1982, Sanchetana started with the belief that extending a helping hand brings happiness to both — the receiver as well as the giver. Also acknowledging the potential of the poor to evoke a change in their lives will boost their efforts to achieve the same. It started out with…


Nakul and other students at community class (file picture)

Nakul Natvarbhai Parmar, a 13-year-old boy lives in Rahim Rahim Tekra, Behrampura, Ahmedabad. Nakul has been a participant in the Community School of the Sanchetana since 2019. There has been a lot of change in him since his association. He is an active participant in all our activities and initiatives in the community. As a leader, he very actively attends community school and maintains environmental cleanliness in his area, and motivates others to do the same. Nakul continues to take community class lessons through Zoom during the corona lockdown.

But unfortunately, the COVID-19 situation deteriorated Nakul’s family’s financial condition. At…


Building a legacy since 1983, Sanchetana has laid its groundwork for community services in urban slum settlements by creating useful awareness amongst the people about health-related topics and helping them in uplifting the standards of living in their areas. Sanchetana has brought together a community of people and driven them to become self-dependent by inculcating leadership and management skills. For sowing the seed of self-confidence in every individual, Sanchetana organizes activities and encourages everyone to participate to overcome their social fears and sparks an interest to express their creativity. …


Fathimabanu stays in Behrampura (Bombay hotel area) situated next to the dumping site of Ahmedabad. She joined Sanchetana as a Community Development Volunteer(CDV) in the year 2003. She has three kids and her husband is a Rickshaw driver. The eldest girl has passed the twelfth standard and she is a youthful girl. The youngest child has passed the 10th. According to Fatemabanu, there has been a good change in her family after she joined Sanchetana. Knowledge about menstruation, anemia, and numerous different infections has helped improve their health. Numerous convictions like periods are dirty, Jaggery produces heat in the body…


Aafrin stays in Danalimdi ward (Bombay hotel area) situated next to the dumping site of Ahmedabad. She became acquainted with Sanchetana during her schooling and got herself enlisted in a beauty parlor course in Sanchetana’s Vocational Training Centre. Later she got her elder sister enrolled for henna and her younger sister for English-speaking classes and robotics. Following them, she was able to convince her sister’s friends to join Sanchetana to learn English and enhance their knowledge. Information about anemia, menstruation, etc. gained during the training process helped enhance their health. She then joined Sanchetana as a team member and began…


Shaikh Shabnam During Interview

Shaikh Shabnam is 14 old girl who studies in 9th grade. She lives in Ram Raheem Tekra, Danilimda in Ahmedabad. Shabnam’s family is very poor and conservative. Shabnam is one of the regular students of Sanchetana’s educational program at the community school. Along with regular environment and science classes, she also took three months of robotics training. She shared that, “When I joined for robotics training, I was not confident enough to seek technology since I was not familiar with the same. But the fun and friendly atmosphere of the class helped me to learn easily. …


Solanki Tara Ashok Bhai

These are the words of Solanki Tara Ashok Bhai, 14 years old girl who studies in 9th grade. She lives in Behrampura Ahmedabad. She is coming from a very poor family. Her father is a daily wage employee and he is a severe alcoholic. Tara’s mother engaged as a manual laborer in a vegetable market.

Due to social constraints, Tara was not allowed to go much further from her house. A community school is very near to her house and Sanchetana staff being known to her mother helped her to join a community school in 2019. Tara was one of…

Sanchetana Community Health and Research Centre

Sanchetana Community Health and Research Centre is a grassroots level nonprofit organization working with slum communities of Ahmedabad Gujarat

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