Since 1995 Saurashtra Voluntary Action (SAVA) has been working to find long term and permanent solutions for the issues of poverty and deprivation.
In Saurashtra region it has adopted a strategy of setting up people’s organizations at village level that can inspire people to be self-reliant. The organization had started its operations in three blocks of Jamnagar district. The first phase of grounding and self-image creation was ended in initial five years. After the earthquake of 2001 SAVA decided to focus on disaster preparedness and also to expand its area of operation in remaining blocks of Jamnagar district. After the successful experiment of creating local organizations to take over tasks then implemented by SAVA, it has started to work in Porbandar district from 2006 onwards.
SAVA believes in long term strategic plan to design its interventions. Such an exercise was done in 2011 when it has completed 15 years of its work in Saurashtra. A five strategic plan was prepared for 2011 to 2015. As per approved plan SAVA has begun its activities in Manavadar, Malia, Keshod and Mangrol blocks of Junagadh district in addition to Jamnagar and Porbandar districts. Currently, SAVA is active in Jamnagar, Porbandar and Junagadh districts.
Inclusion of scientific approach in traditional occupation to increase productivity and profit, increase utility and efficacy of public services and development of responsible local leadership to carry out developmental activities at village level on sustainable basis.
Vision & Mission
- Enhance productivity and employment in traditional occupations to increase income of communities engaged in it.
- Create sustainable peoples’ organization and leadership to increase access of developmental programmes.
- Achieve a balanced development with just and equal distribution of public resources.
- Develop natural, public and private resources for removal of poverty and deprivation.
- Build organizations and leadership for implementation of developmental programmes.
- Ensuring just and equal distribution of increased produce, income, employment, and facilities.
- Increase income in agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry with the use of traditional as well as modern knowledge, information, technology and management skills.
- Set up Krushi Kendras (Agri-centres) to organize farmers around input supply and output marketing.
- Through proper management and development of natural resources like water, soil, animals and minerals bring environmental balance so that occupations dependent on these resources became sustainable and profitable.
- Promote joint initiatives of government and public for basic amenities like water, health, education, sanitation, etc.
- Create means of livelihood and peoples’ organization for growth and employment in non-farm sector through strengthening and establishing links with markets for financially weaker section of the society.
- Encourage individual and group economic enterprise through training, financial assistance, providing market facilities and incubating innovative livelihood options.