AROH Foundation is a leading national-level Indian NGO working across the country for the past two decades to empower the poor and underprivileged communities by building upon their human, natural and capital resources in order to create productive forces and sustainable ecosystems.Know More
AROH is implementing pioneering programmes to provide educational facilities to underserved populations in both rural and urban areas.Read More
AROH focuses on skills development of youth and women leading to job or self-employment, thereby alleviating poverty and unemployment.Read More
AROH is trying to help thousands of farmers with various crop management practices, including organic farming in order to bring them out of the cycle of poverty.Read More
AROH is taking necessary steps to help the rural communities improve, manage and sustain their natural resources.Read More
Access to water, health and sanitation facilities are fundamental to human existence. AROH is providing need-based facilities and infrastructure to improve access to water, health and sanitation to poor communities across India.Read More
Our villages are suffering inadequate power supply and lack basic amenities like water and electricity. AROH ventures to provide cost effective solar powered lights and water pumps to improve the lives of people.Read More
Despite strides in education, our nation struggles to provide quality education which results in poor learning outcomes for a large percentage of children. RISE is for Remedial Innovation in School Education and aims to impart extra lessons to students to improve their learning outcomes.Read More
Firozabad district in Uttar Pradesh has been engaged in glass bangle making since centuries. AROH Foundation had adopted one such unit in village Dikhtoli to improvise in its infrastructural setups and improvise on quality through skill workshops by experts. Neha, 20 years was working in the unit in her spare time to generate income...Read More
The project aims towards holistic rural development in 24 villages in 3 blocks of Chhattisgarh. Multi-sectoral initiatives are planned with a participatory approach to bring sustainable transformation in the lives of people living in villages.Read More
Empowering tribals of East Khasi Hills. The project takes on multiple initiatives to remove the barriers which inhibit the progress in the area. Rural Enterprises, Agriculture, Solar Water Pumps and Lighting, Food Processing, etc are some of the initiatives under the project.Read More
AROH partners with Government’s flagship programme, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushal Yojna to provide state-of-the-art training facilities and job placements to 1800 rural unemployed youth.Read More
CSR project Sampoorna seeks to provide water, sanitation and solar lights and water pumps in 50 villages in five states i.e. Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The project contributes to Government’s flagship mission of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.Read More
Sachin lived in a small village in Ghaziabad District of Uttar Pradesh. His works with a small firm and gets a salary which is not even enough to feed the family. Sachin had always seen his father struggling hard to make both ends meet, which became more and more difficult due to ever rising prices. He always wanted to share his father’s burden of running his family. He wanted take up a job right after he completed his 12 Standard. He tried to look for job, but he lacked both knowledge and skill to work and earn and so he was not able to land at any point even after much running around. He was very frustrated. Almost at the point of breakdown, he met community mobilizer of AROH Foundation who told him about DDU-GKY program and its benefits. Without any delay, Sachin grabbed the golden opportunity and enrolled himself for Retail and Sales Associate program.
During his three months of training he worked to gain knowledge and learned the trade skills. He was always very proactive to participate in any activity and always showed his zeal to learn more. After training he was selected in Big Bazaar, Venice Mall as a sales Associate. He started at a salary of 8000/- plus incentives. Sachin worked diligently for 3 months before switching over to Mini SO, a Japanese flagship retail chain where he is earning a handsome salary of INR 17000/- per month.
Sachin has grown not only as a professional, but also as a person. He gained his confidence and courage that he could do something better in his life. While he is now able to help his family financially, he is also hoping to continue his studies and do his graduation. Though Sachin has not only fulfilled his dream of supporting his family, but his growth has also fuelled his aspirations and he wants to rise higher in his professional career. His parent’s are very proud of their son who has alleviated poverty and misery from their lives.
How frail legs walk the life with dignity!
With frail legs rendered useless after being struck by polio, life has been quite hard for Meena (23), more so because she comes from an economically-backward family living in village Rupaspur in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
“It’s just adjustment,” she modestly says when asked about her condition and her life. “When I was around eight years of age, I learnt to walk on my hands. I learnt to walk upside down so my legs do not drag. Eventually, I could walk long distances without trouble.
From childhood Meena had seen her father struggle hard to get two square meals for the family of six members. They have a small piece of land but there was never enough income to meet the basic needs of life. As Meena grew up, she wanted to share the responsibility of running the house, but felt helpless. She had no skills, no opportunity and no way to go! Her small village had no opportunity for normal girls to make a living, leave alone a physically challenged girl like her.
Her dreams came true when AROH Foundation started Parivartan Skills Training Centre in her village and she enrolled herself for cutting tailoring course. She outperformed all other girls of her batch and passed out with excellent grades. She was given a sewing machine by AROH which really proved to be ‘a ray of hope’ for her.
Now Meena owns her own “Meena Silai Kendra” and stitches clothes for villagers at a nominal rate. She is able to earn about 2-3K in a month which she gives to her father for running the house. Meena is not only successfully running her business of garment making, she is also pursuing her studies and wants to do post graduation. She is also keen to teach ‘silai’ to other needy girls, as she feels that Silai is a craft that every woman should know.
Meena shares her experience,
I don’t have legs but AROH has given me wings. My sewing machine has not just given me my livelihood, but has given me confidence and self-respect to live my life with dignity.
Malcom Mawlang of Umdiengpoh looks quite old for her age. She is only 35, but vagaries of nature and hardships of life have taken a toll on her. She is fighting to keep herself and her three kids alive. Coming from a matriarchal society, she is the only bread winner of the family. Her husband does not work and is of no help in running the family.
Feeding three little children was not easy for her. Life in her village situated in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya is full of struggle. She has a small piece of land where she was growing only one crop in the year. Her income was so meager that at times they all had to sleep on hungry stomach.
When AROH Foundation started helping her in backyard farming, she learnt to utilize every small resource available to her. She learnt how to take up small but multiple efforts to increase her income. She learnt how to do backyard farming and grow different plants in small patches of land available around her house. She was overjoyed to get her first harvest of crop of pumpkins which seemed to have appeared from nowhere. The pumpkin wine took no space at all, but gave big pumpkins which she could sell for good amount.
Slowly she has become a professional backyard farmer and now dares to experiment with new plants. Her production from backyard not only gets her money to run the house, but also gives nutrition to her little kids. Malcom is now an empowered woman who knows how to make best use of resources!
Sitara Begum was barely able to provide her children with two square meals a day. Several times the family slept on empty stomach. Sitara Begum is a 38 year old Muslim lady living in a small jhuggi in Diktauli. He husband passed away leaving three children behind. The small piece of land which the family had went away in paying the debts. Sitara worked as a daily wage labourer. She did not find work on all days and lived in extreme poverty. Sitara’s daughter named Mahroonisha had to stop her study due to poverty. Sitara also suffers from poor health condition and malnutrition. At times she feels too weak to go out for work. Mahroonisa feels helpless as her studies have stopped due to lack money.
During one of the community meetings held by AROH Foundation, it was suggested that Sitara Begum could acquire some skill at the vocation training centre started in the village under the HRDP programme of HDFC Bank. Sitara was delighted to opt for a course in garment making. She enrolled herself for a three-month course in dress making and started dreaming of a better future and enough food to give to her children. She hoped to provide money for Mahroonisa’s education.
Sitara was a fast learners as she quickly acquired the skills. She wanted to start her own shop for stiching clothes of the community. She requested AROH for helping her purchase a machine so that she could set up her tailoring unit. Seeing her dire need on the one hand and determination to do something on the other, it was decided to provide her with a subsidy to purchase a sewing machine. She is getting orders to stitch suits and blouses and her children no longer sleep hungry. Her daughter Mehroonisa has resumed her studies and helps her mother in running the shop.
Sitara Begum’s story inspires every woman to come forward and change their lives!
“The value of human dignity, equality and equity cannot be understated. Human life is born not merely to survive, but to thrive! Empowering people is the key to their progress and prosperity.”
Message from the President
“India lives in villages” were the golden words of Mahatma Gandhi many decades ago. Ironically after almost 50 years the data does not seem to disagree. Today a majority of the Indian population still live in the villages. Though there is substantial migration from rural to urban areas in India, still almost 68% of India continues to live in rural areas.
Today, after almost 7 decades of independence, the villages take a backseat in almost every aspect of socio-economic analysis. We have created an economy of rich cities and poor villages, surging urban areas and decaying rural areas.
A look at the Socio-Economic Census (2011) data regarding rural livelihood and employment is scary. Almost three fourths of the rural households live with a monthly income of less than Rs 5000. More than half the rural households do not own land and more than half of them are casual labor.
Inequality persists in all spheres, including the all-pervasive gender inequality. Despite high rates of economic growth, inequality is particularly apparent among marginalized groups. Women participate in employment and decision making much less, than men. This disparity is not likely to be eliminated soon. India’s poor performance on women’s empowerment and gender equality is reﬂected in many indicators, for the past 15 years, AROH has been working towards skill development and empowerment of youth and women, especially from rural backgrounds. In the year 2016-17, in addition to skills and enterprises, the Foundation has been working on an integrated approach for rural development. Selected villages are provided all round help and support to bring improvement to their socio economic and environmental status.
The Foundation strives to eliminate gender inequality through its various focused programs leading to women’s empowerment and capacity building. The Foundation has gained rich experience in running women oriented skill development programs, especially for rural women, thereby empowering them for taking up gainful engagement, either through job placement or enterprise.
The pioneering programs designed by AROH Foundation have been much appreciated by the stakeholders for their innovative approach and sustainability. We have received ﬁnancial support from various prestigious corporates and public sector organizations, which has made our journey possible.
We shall continue to empower our people and strengthen our resources to create a better tomorrow for all those marginalized communities who have been left out from the sphere of development.
Dr Neelam Gupta
Founder President & CEO