SEWA Rural, a voluntary, development-oriented institution has been working incessantly for the past 37 years for the improvement of people in their health and other fields in the rural and tribal areas of Jhagadia in South Gujarat. Inspired by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda and Gandhiji, the activities were started by a group of educated young professionals having work experience in India and abroad. Over the years many like-minded individuals joined hands with them in the development of the organization and made it what it is today.

It has been the endeavour of SEWA Rural to reach out to improve the lives of the very poor and underprivileged through a variety of health, education and economic development programmes based on the needs of the community in these aspects. Preservation of the intrinsic value systems and broad based development of all those involved including the beneficiaries are kept in mind while carrying out these activities. The focus of all programmes has been the vulnerable members of the family, viz. the women, children and elderly of the poor sections of the society.

In all the activities, an attempt is made to incorporate as well as balance the three basic principles: Social Service, Scientific Approach and Spiritual Outlook.

The various activities of the organisation include:

  • The 200-bed Kasturba hospital which provides quality medical care to people of about 2500 villages in the vicinity;
  • The community  Health  Project  which,  through  timely  and  valuable  care to pregnant women and new born babies &  children  of 18 Primary Health Centres serves a population of about 5,00,000 using new and innovative mobile phone technology; Use of this technology has helped to reduce the infant and maternal mortality rates significantly among this population;
  • Our Health  Training  Centre  imparts  training to about 500 trainees in healthcare. Trainees include persons from NGOs, employees of State Government Eye Care programmes and students from India and abroad pursuing higher education.
  • Comprehensive Eye  Care  Programme  provides  specialty  eye care to a population of about 15 lakhs using  ultramodern  equipments and specialist doctors.
  • Community Based Rehabilitation Programme has helped over 800 permanently blind to lead a self-dependent life after suitable skill training.
  • Vivekananda Gramin Tekniki Kendra (Rural Technical Training Centre) has been imparting year long systematic practical technical training to more than 200 partially educated youth from economically backward tribal and rural families and ensuring their employment in industries. Through this programme, these youth become employable and economically independent.
  • Sharda Mahila Vikas Society  has been working for the upliftment  of  women through a number of economic, developmental and self-empowerment activities. These women-centric programmes, originally started under the aegis of SEWA Rural have been functioning as an independent organisation since 2002 and are managed by a group of women.
  • The numerous achievements of SEWA Rural during the past three decades include:

Successful management of Primary Health Centre of Jhagadia for over 10 years, through which the target of Health for All by 2000 AD could be achieved even before the target date; SEWA Rural’s  First Referral Unit (recognised by UNICEF and Govt. of Gujarat) where care for pregnant mothers and newborn babies from Jhagadia and nearby villages are given treatment; through cataract operation, the people of Jhagadia and Valia talukas having population of about 2.5 lakhs were made cataract free as per the definition of WHO. Through a number of training programmes more than 2000 young women and youth could be made economically independent.

SEWA Rural believes in working jointly and in a broad based manner with local community, various national and international organisations, individual well-wishers, government departments, industries, educational institutions etc. Due this approach,  it is ensured that the benefits of the developmental work reaches the needy people of tribal and rural community and make a long term positive impact in their lives.


Latest News

  • Use of technology for surveys

    SEWA Rural is organizing a workshop with title “Use of technology for surveys” on 20th & 21st December 2017The objectives of the workshop are - participate should be able to narrate the concepts involved in use of technology,  advantage - disadvantages of technology, task involved in technology, non-technology tasks to maximize use of technology in the survey, primary orientation of open source survey, and also able to make the basic application for the field survey. 
     Interested persons can contact us on bhatthardk@gmail.com and kapil.dave88@gmail.com with subject title “Technology
    workshop”. The closing date for receiving application is 11-Dec- 2017.