With a focus on WASH and Environment, we begin interventions in village Saunda, Tehsil Muradnagar in District Ghaziabad , Uttar Pradesh……..


Gaon Mera, A rural development project has been initiated in village Saunda which is located in tehsil Muradnagar of Ghaziabad district, Uttar Pradesh. The total population of the village, comprises 1030 families with a total population of 6042. The male population is 54% of the total population. Saunda village has a higher male literacy rate at 85 % as compared to female literacy rate at 66 %.  (Indian Census: 2011).


Inside of Village Saunda

Though the village has all the basic infrastructural amenities such as hand-pumps and tap water facilities, electricity, drainage system, yet not all living there have an access to the same. About 10% of the households practise open defecation as they do not have toilets within their premises. The drainage system is open and the village doesnot have a very high standards in cleanliness. A major reason is that local people do not consider the issues of hygiene and cleanliness important enough for consideration.

SADRAG in implementation partnership with HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company through CAF India is initiating a long term Village Development Plan for Saunda. The major componemts under the VDP are envisaged as Health & Sanitation, Skill Development & Livelihood and Literacy & Education.

To begin with, a few areas of intervention having been initiated are:

Strengthening the existing Anganwadi Centres:

In village Saunda, around 150 children in age up to 6 years attend Anganwadi centres under ICDS programme of the Govt. of India. The centres would be equipped with teaching learning resources, seating arrangement, toys and games for an optimum growth and development of children.


Rejuvenation of Community Water Bodies:

The existing water bodies in village Saunda are either decayed or are encroached upon by the local people.



Decaying Water Body in Saunda waiting to be rejuvenated

There is no water body in the community. Therefore revival of an existing water body, measuring 1000Sq.Ft. would be done through rejuvenation and recharge of water. A water Drainage system would be established to reduce environmental pollution for a healthy living.

Provision of Sanitation facility:

The 10% population practicing open defecation would be covered with an aim to declare Saunda, a village free of Open Defecation.


Survey for Household Identification under Sanitation intervention

Construction of toilets at home and a robust campaign for the use of toilets by the people who are being selected on the criterion of number of women & young girls in the household, a differently able member and the occupation & income levels.

The Implementation is facilitated through a Partnership Model as follows:

  • An active partnership with local panchayat institutions and key members of the community.
  • Engagement with community through volunteering and active involvement in development work.
  • Mobilizing the community for behavioral change to adopt and use the available facilities.

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Livelihood for Underprivileged Youth


MAST Model


 Youth Development Centre 

The Youth Development Centre  is essentially for promoting creativity through digital technology and facilitating sustainable livelihood for youth from the underprivileged communities through two means:


1. Market Aligned Skill Training (MAST): Going with the essence of Skill India, this Six months certificate course equips the youth in  age group  19 – 24 with  creative skills in computer aided graphics and designing. Youth with a creative bent of mind can learn to become trained Graphic Designers and move forward with a steady career path through job or entrepreneurship. The youth who have passed class XII under the formal school system and are currently pursuing  graduation course are eligible to enrol for the course that would  provide career options through placement and intern ship options. The basic knowledge of  MS Office is desirable in order to apply for the course.

2. Adobe Youth Voices: Keeping with digital technology, this programmes equips youth with basic skills in digital literacy that may be used for social action. The youth learn to research social issues and create digital media such as documentary films, radio programmes, creative posters and digital stories. The youth create these media keeping in perspective the particular issue and the solution in terms of how it can be addressed at large. Our youth have created meaningful media to reflect on issues of concern such as dowry system , school education, child labour and environmental cleanliness.

The Youth Development Centre is functioning within the organisation’s premises. Those interested to enrol, may contact us at 0120-4129831 or write to us at youthmedia@sadrag.org


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Social and Development Research and Action Group creates a A cell phone App, Safe Noida, to keep women aware and safe by providing empowering information.

To help women ensure better safety, there has been an increased attempt at seeking solution in technology. While most are mobile apps for personal phones, there is also an alarm system now that can be fitted into public buses

Social and Development Research and Action Group creates a A cell phone  App, Safe Noida, to keep women aware and safe by providing empowering information.

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Workshop on “Child Protection and Child Rights: Reality and Response with Special focus on District Gautam Budh Nagar, (U.P.)

Training on Issues of Child Protection and Hman Trafficking



The recent years have witnessed the emergence of discussions on the issue of child protection and child rights. District Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh is striving towards protecting children from economic exploitation and for ensuring a conducive environment for their physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development. However there is a need to enhance the understanding of the ground reality and also to address are issues of coordination among various departments, agencies and sectors including labour, health, education, the judiciary, and police towards providing  protection to all children in need of care and protection particularly of the migrant, trafficked and working children.

 Against this backdrop a Workshop on “Child Protection and Child Rights: Reality and Response ( Special focus on District Gautam Budh Nagar, (U.P.)”  was organized jointly by the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute autonomous body Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India and the Department of Child Protection, Government of Uttar Pradesh with facilitation by Social and Development Research and Action Group SADRAG on Friday, 7th August 2015, at the Seminar Block of the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Sector -24, Noida.
 The keynote address was given by Dr. L.D. Mishra, former Union Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Government of India and was inaugurated by Shri N.P. Singh, District Magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar District, U.P.
 Mr N.P Singh, District Magistrate inaugurated the workshop and called for all the concern departments and agencies including police to work for stopping human trafficking particularly with regard to the innocent children’s.  The workshop was attended by 50 participants drawn from various government departments of the District. On this occasion Dr. Helen Sekar, Coordinator National Research Centre on Child Labour expressed her desire to partner with ChildLine and district administration for the larger cause of Child Protection in the district. Dr. Bhandari, Childline Greater Noida called it the beginning of a new era where the convergence among the various stake holders would bring in the desired change in child protection scenario. Speakers from CHILDLINE India Foundation, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights discussed about the issues related to POCSO.
The recommendations drawn from the workshop will be sent to the District Magistrate for an immediate action, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Ministry of Labour And Employment and Ministry of Women and Child Development.

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Our Work gets Recognition!

Safe Noida Mobile App was duly recognized at 3rd E Ngo Challenge, held in India Habitat Centre in 2014. The mobile App was among the finalist and was appreciated by the Jury..


The Convergent Model on Women Empowerment was duly recognized under the category Safety and Mobility at Dasra Girls Power Awards 2014. The multi-stakeholders approach to address issues of violence against women and young girls was appreciated by the Jury….



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Strengthening the Government School System

stregthRMSI and SADRAG conducted a Survey of two schools in NOIDA with the criterion that the selected school should be close to RMSI office. The team visited the Primary and Middle school at village Harola in Sector -5, NOIDA. The school was found lacking in many basic facilities. It required major construction work. However, subsequent talks with school authorities revealed that the local panchayat leader had a lot of influence over the school. He is the elected representative of the local community and is, by and large, known to be resistant to assistance from outside particularly in school and other common spaces.

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