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We began our work in Gujarat state in 1991. Over the past 20 years, our work has spread programmatically and geographically in the state. We work in Surat, Sanand, Ambujanagar (Kodinar) and Gandhinagar. A short term project was implemented in Dahod district, completely funded by Government of Gujarat, where mason training was provided in villages.

Kodinar region is marked by salinity ingress which had an adverse impact on people. Due to this, our focus of work since the beginning has been water resource management through various techniques. Some of the activities being promotion are roof rain water harvesting structures, pond deepening, using the mined out pits to fill water and so on. Efficient irrigation methods such as drip and sprinkler irrigation have been promoted to sustain ground water resources. Today the work on water has positively impacted the lives of the numerous residents.

The extensive work in water coupled with support in agro based livelihoods has changed the landscape in Kodinar. We established the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at Kodinar which assists farmers in on and off campus training, front line demonstrations, on-farm testing, farm development and various extension activities. In other regions regular training is provided to farmers coupled with exposure visits and demonstration farms.

Ambujanagar also has a strong cadre of sakhis (village health functionaries) who ensure health care services 24 X 7 in their respective village. In Surat the SHG groups are gearing up to promote healthy behaviour in the villages apart from regular savings. Infrastructural work in being carried out in various villages to promote sanitation practises across the locations in Gujarat. For more information on our work in Gujarat, please see the attachment.

Skills training is another area where we have focussed immensely in Gujarat. In Ambujanagar our Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institute- SEDI, is fast gaining popularity especially the nursing assistant training apart from various other courses. In Surat, the SEDI provides the option of an alternate source of income to the women by introducing the sewing machine operator course in collaboration with ATDC. Gandhinagar SEDI also provides training in different courses. For more information on our SEDI, please read the SEDI section in our website. Partnership with various departments of State and Centre Governments as well as other organisations, communities have added effectiveness, increased spread geographically and make possible for new initiatives in the programme areas.

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