Chetna Samajik Sanstha has been working for 20 years, quite absorbed in thinking and working for the people ,their socio-economic development, gender equality and democratic empowerment.


Chetna Samajik Sanstha

We work towards socio-economic development, gender equality and democratic empowerment.

The Center for Health, Education,Training, Networking and Advocacy(CHETNA) organised in the year 1998 and registered in the year 2001 under the Societies Registration Act 1860, had its modest beginning as a grass root level Voluntary Development Organization(VDOs) working in the area of people centered development.The geographical area it chose to specially work covered the whole of India. socio-economic development, gender equality and democratic empowerment and have been serving the society without a stake.


Envisions in having emerged to build nation with the participation of youth and to serve the specific and growing needs of the society, in which down trodden people become self-supporting, self sustaining.


CHETNA 's mission has been to promote people-centered development through participation and sharing with focus on youth, women and children and deprived section of society.Over the years CHETNA 's mission has remained the same but not similar. Over the year of experiences and changing environment together have rubbed and sharpened it to be more penetrative, effective and equitive.



-Working with youth to enable them good citizen with challenging attitude.

-Working with poor communities at the micro level to understand poverty better in order to address the generic causes.

-Influencing change agents like the media academics through advocacy.

-Promoting CBO's/group working eradication at all levels.

-Supporting the process of skill development and entrepreneurship development.

-Forming strategies alliances with other key players particularly VO's.


A critical element in the process of empowering the poor is the bringing them together for collective reflection and action. This not only increases their bargaining power but also helps build democratic institution of the poor at the grassroots level.

One of the first group activities, at most projects, is a saving and credit association to enable members to grant and receive production and consumption loans. These association multiply and often grow into large informal cooperatives releasing the members from the stranglehold of the local moneylenders. In many of our projects, membership to these associations is by written application which has to be signed and not thumb impressed -an effective incentive to spur literacy.

CHETNA tackles a host of health related problems through education and primary health care. Particular attention is paid to women and children.In many areas we are acknowledged partners of the government in the joint running of Primary Heath Care Centers.

The community is a rich resource is spreading the word and bringing effective peer group pressure on the importance of hygiene and sanitation, immunization, food and nutrition and simple home remedies for minor aliments.It provides from within its own ranks health workers,midwives and commanders and effective low cost herbal preparation.


Most of the people we work with have little or no access to , or control over, productive resources in the community. Garnering the little that they do have and supplementing it with alternative sources of income is an important component in enhancing both their economic and social well being. Since the bulk of India's poor depends on agriculture for its livelihood, the management and development of land and water resources forms the mainstay of our work at the grassroots level.

The poorest are usually the landless and for them, different initiatives are devised depending on local conditions.

Here again, recognizing the woman as proprietor and manager of livelihood resource has, in  our experience, made a dramatic improvement in the socio-economics condition of the community.


Literacy and lack of access to information is now increasingly recognized as a fundamental cause of poverty. We are one of the few international NGO that has had over 20 years experience in children's education outside the formal government school system. Evidence of this, and of our resolve to make make learning a happy and stimulating experience, is a unique series of workbooks and teachers notes aptly titled "Clock-a Doodle-Dool"- introducing the joys of reading and writing to primary school children.

Apart from non-formal educational inputs for children both within and outside the formal school system, we also support work at the preschool, we support adult education initiatives. Again the focus is on girl education and women, with the object of empowerment and giving people choices.


CHETNA believes that women can and should play an active role in development. We recognize that women's subordination has to be tackled in the home and society and that men also have to be involved in this process of change.

The strategy includes creating spaces for women,helping them build up confidence and skills, enhancing their role as producers and helping integrate them into the mainstream.

Our gender activities a nodal point for us to consolidate and build upon our own and other's experience in developing greater gender sensitivity in order to enhance the quality of our work.


We recognize that poverty and social issues is not simply a local problem that can be solved at the village level. From the international sphere to the village, policies and decisions are made that affect the lives of the poor. Problems of poverty and social evils cannot be tackled unless each of these levels is addressed in some way.

CHETNA lobbies with CBO's /Group and local administration. While organisation of poor people at the village level ensures that their voice is heard locally, advocacy strives to ensure that their voice is also heard at higher levels.


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Account Number: 39010100003714

Bank: Dakshin Bihar Gramin Bank

Branch: Main Branch, Samastipur.


All donations are eligible for tax savings under 80G.


Sarjug College Campus,Mohanpur,Samastipur 848101


Vill.+ P.O. - Mohanpur, Via - Kashipur, District - Samastipur Pin code -848101 BIHAR