Family of NGOs
Our work is only possible with the support and collaboration of our family of organizations who are dedicated to the upliftment of society by working in different facets, such as value-based education, alternatives to child labor, women’s empowerment, community building, giftivism and volunteerism. Below are members of our family.
In 1990, a team of young volunteers, inspired by Gandhian values, began gathering under the branches of a tree in the Gandhi Ashram every Saturday to play with street children. They provided the children with a nutritional meal and taught them about basic hygiene by cutting their nails and bathing them. This activity quickly came together into a full time endeavor working to brighten the future of underprivileged children.
Under the guidance of Gujarat Harijan Sevak Sangh, Safai Vidyalaya and Environmental Sanitation Institute (ESI), Manav Sadhna was established both in India and in the United States. Today, from a quiet corner in the Gandhi Ashram, Manav Sadhna serves more than 8000 children and women through more than 35 projects. They also indirectly touch the lives of many more individuals through our healthcare and educational support projects. The projects are created based on the needs and participation of the community.
Craftroots is a unique platform that showcases and brings into spotlight the best of craftsmanship from Gujarat. Craftroots, an initiative of Gramshree aims to empower artisans by connecting them to our resources, tools and network of partner members.
Craftroots was born to revive, preserve and share the craft traditions of Gujarat, India with the world. We aim to bring together people, process and technology to revive our traditional craft and building an eco-system with partner members to develop a scalable and sustainable model for craft development. Our partner members include Artisans, NGO’s, businesses & corporations, prominent designers, architects and educational institutions that specialize in design & development of various craft forms.
At Craftroots, we support Fair trade and Craft mark certification standards.
Mam Movies is an open source network of voluntary independent filmmakers who use media, the arts and technology to inform, inspire and empower others to create positive action in the world. They believe inner transformation leads to outer change and to express it through stories we have been doing several experiments.
MAM was inspired when someone asked one simple question: “Are you following your truth?” Over six years since it began, they are still learning, evolving and growing in this experiment.
ServiceSpace is an all volunteer-run organization that leverages technology to inspire greater volunteerism. It’s a space to explore one’s own relationship with service and their interconnection with the rest of the world. ServiceSpace allows each person’s inherent generosity to blossom out into small acts of service for the community around. It’s a space to learn how outer change is closely tied to our own inner transformation. It’s about changing ourselves, to change the world.
ServiceSpace was conceived by volunteers, was built by volunteers, and is run by volunteers — all for the benefit of volunteers. Projects range from a daily positive news service, to an acts-of-kindness portal, to a gift-economy restaurant. Regardless of the endeavor, the ServiceSpace ecosystem acts in concert to create service opportunities for each other and to support each other’s service journeys.
Founded in September, 1932 in the wake of Gandhiji’s Epic Fast at Yervada Jail, Pune, Today, the Harijan Sevak Sangh is an independent national level non-profit voluntary organization with branches in 26 states.
Sabarmati Harijan Ashram Trust
This trust operates educational institutions such as the Vinay Mandir and the Primary Teachers College. ESI’s family of organizations have been involved with the repair, renovation, and building of these complexes and old residential and educational buildings across the Gandhi Ashram with the support of this Trust.
Since 2005, YUVA Unstoppable is an NGO that serves to educate and empower children from the slums of India. Youth and children aged 24 years and younger make up half of India’s population and nearly 40% of the world’s population. YUVA Unstoppable volunteers spend two hours every week in service to the youth in municipal schools and with various projects in the slums.