Aatapi draws its name and inspiration from a Pali word derived from Buddhist’s teachings,

‘diligent hard work’.

Aatapi Seva Foundation strives to facilitate the holistic and sustainable development of the community through need based interventions voiced by the community.

Established in 2009, Aatapi Seva Foundation evolved in response to the needs that emerged in the course of a baseline study conducted in four villages of Gajera, Piludara, Kareli and Vedach villages in Jambusar taluka of Bharuch district, Gujarat. These needs emerged from a dynamic engagement between the founding corporate and the local community. Aatapi’s field of activity is now concentrated in 53 villages of Jambusar and Ankleshwar blocks in Bharuch District.

Aatapi’s interventions stress Financial Inclusion, with emphasis on women’s empowerment. Natural Resource Management and conservation, encouraging scientific practices to enhance traditional sources of livelihood such as agriculture and animal husbandry and developing Alternative Sources of Livelihoods. 

Aatapi believes that the journey from disempowerment to empowerment is a process of negotiating, redefining and pushing boundaries to claim a dignified space in society for the underprivileged and the marginalised.

Geography and Outreach

Starting with activities in four villages covering 300 families in 2008-9, the Foundation today reaches out to more than 7500 small and marginal farmers, socio-economically marginalised women, and single women, Persons with Disabilities and adolescent and children in 53 villages in Jambusar and Ankleshwar blocks of Bharuch District, Gujarat.

1200

Persons with Disability

2500

Small & Marginalised Farmers

2800

Socially and Economically Deprived Women

300

Adolescents

450

Single Women

450

Children

The Community Based Organisations

Ujaas Mahila Bachat and Dhiran Grahak Sahakari Mandli–a Women’s Cooperative
2800+ women members
1cr+ savings
2cr+ turnover
Vivekanand Khedut Mandali–a Farmers’ Producer Organisation
450+ farmers
Viklang Parivartan Sangathan– a Federation of Persons with Disability
1200+ members
Four Women’s Milk Cooperative Societies
450+ members

VISION

We envision an inclusive, empowered and just society, enabling equitable opportunities and a life of dignity for the most marginalised.

 

MISSION

To facilitate and empower local communities, especially the most marginalised to realise their latent potential, and to be active participants and owners of their inclusive and sustainable development.

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2008 – 2009
  • Baseline survey conducted in 4 villages in Jambusar district by Kutch Navnirman Abhiyan to comprehend needs and dynamics of the community
  • Findings of the survey shared with the community through Bhavai, a folk theatre form
  • Key organisational interventions identified with participation of community leaders

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2009-2010
  • Registration of Aatapi Seva Foundation under Section 25 of Company’s Act 1956
  • Intensive focus on individuals in the community. Dialogued with farmers, women, children and community adults and youth to understand their thoughts, needs and aspirations and their willingness to engage with Aatapi in interventions for community development

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2010-2011
  • Community development initiated in four villages (Piludara, Vedach, Kareli and Gajera)
  • Formation of community groups to partner in the development of their community:
    • 25 small and marginal farmers’ groups
    • 25 self-help groups of women
    • 6 groups of Persons with Disabilities
  • Community groups nurtured and empowered through capacity building programmes to partner effectively
  • 10 single women linked with Bank of Baroda to obtain loans under Joint Liability Scheme

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2011-2012
  • Need based geographical expansion from 4 villages to 15 villages
  • Focus on quality of interventions rather then spread
  • First level capacity building of community leaders identified from the formed groups
  • Rights and Entitlements, Livelihood, Leadership Building were common threads-the backbone of all programmes
  • Emphasis on enhancing technical knowledge
  • 26 Persons with disabilities participated in Khel Mahakumbh for the first time

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2012-2013
  • Formation of first women led milk dairy – The Kamboyawaga Mahila Dudh Sahakari Mandli in Vedach village
  • Strengthening community leadership and setting operational systems within groups
  • Strengthening networks and building creditability with government departments
  • Several models of Livelihood tested
  • Preparing the ground and experimenting with various models for community-based organisations.
  • Kharashvistarotthan Yojana project started with Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell in 4 villages
  • Initiated interventions to make water for irrigation available with Gujarat Land Development Corporation.
  • Two community ponds renovated

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2013-2014
  • Formation and strengthening of community-based organisations
    1. Ujaas Women Savings Credit Consumer Cooperative Society
    2. Morwaga Mahila Utpadak Mandali
    3. Viklang Parivartan Sangathan
    4. Farmer Producer Organisation
  • Khel Mahakumbh for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) organised by Aatapi at block level. 111 persons with disabilities participated

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2014-2015
  • Registration of Ujaas Women’s Credit Cooperative Society
  • Registration of Kamboyawaga Mahila Dudh Utpadak Mandali
  • Kharashvistarotthan Yojana project in collaboration with Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell expanded to 10 villages
  • First women’s Garima Utsav organised in Vedach village in which 400 plus women participated

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2015-2016
  • Asmita project for women’s empowerment initiated in 5 villages of Jambusar with PI Foundation
  • Formation of Viklaang Parivartan Sangathan (VPS) initiated
  • VPS organised Khel Mahakumbh for the first time with record online registrations, 190 PwDs participated
  • Sneh Dhanush training for 75 leaders organised, creating base for strong leadership
  • Registration of Laljipura Mahila Dudh Utpadak Mandali, Uchhad Mahila Dudh Utpadak Mandali, Morvaga Mahila Dudh Utpadak Mandali
  • Kharashvistarotthan Yojana project in collaboration with Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell encompassed 20 villages

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2016-2017
  • Aatapi intervention expanded to 45 villages
  • Asmita project expanded to 10 more villages of Jambusar block
  • Independent office of VPS in Jambusar
  • Health and Well-being programme initiated in 15 villages
  • Best Secretary of Women Dairy Award to Jamnaben of Kamboya Waga Mahila Dudh Utpadak Mandali
  • Rapid Rural Appraisal of 45 villages conducted
  • Evaluation of Women’s Empowerment Programme
  • Integrated Rural Development approach shift, four pillars of development defined – Livelihood and Economic Development, Health and Well Being, Inclusive and Holistic Education for Children, Water and Environment

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2017 – 2018
  • Received Certificate of Merit from FGI for Women’s Empowerment
  • Ujaas received Best Mandali award from Gujarat Rajya Sahakari Sangh
  • Five women of Self-Help Group received certificates of appreciation from GNFC for Limbodi Collection
  • Vivekanand Farmer’s Sangathan – Farmers Producer Organisation Sanghthan covers 17 villages, strength 427 members
  • 11 women leaders elected in Gram Panchyat elections from leadership groups nurtured by Aatapi
  • Kharashvistarotthan Yojana project in collaboration Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell implemented in 30 villages
  • First Khedut Garima Utsav organised – 600 plus men and women participated

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2018-2019
  • Ujaas spread expanded to 45 villages,
  • Sahiyaru Prayan Tool Bank with 17 tools initiated with support from Excel Crop Care Ltd (Now SUMITOMO Chemicals)
  • Baseline and need assessment survey of Persons with Disabilities undertaken in 5 villages of Vagra block in collaboration with Hindalco, Aditya Birla Group
  • Health and Well-being and Education programmes initiated in 15 villages

On the Path to Empowerment: The Journey with Aatapi

2019-2020
  • Asmita women’s empowerment project expanded to 5 villages in Ankleshwar block

Awards and Recognitions

Aatapi’s work in the field of Women’s Empowerment was recognized with a Certificate of Merit awarded by the Federation of Gujarat Industries, 2017-18.

The Kamboya Wagha Mahila Utpadak Mandali was honoured with the Best Dairy Award by the Bharuch District Development Committee, 2016-2017.

Aatapi’s work in the field of Women’s Empowerment was recognized with a Certificate of Merit awarded by the Federation of Gujarat Industries,2017-2018.

The Ujaas Mahila Bachat Dhiran Grahak Sahakari Mandali, a collective of self groups,honoured with the Best Mandali Award by the Gujarat Rajya Sahakari Sangh, 2017-18.

Mentors

Aatapi was founded in 2008 and mentored by TML Industries, a group Company among the Shroff Group of Companies.

The visionary leadership of Shroff Group of Companies emphasises People, Planet, and Profit as the credo for all enterprise – commercial or social.  Aatapi was born from this deep conviction that social responsibility is the foundation of any endeavour. 

Governing Body and Team

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Mr. Gagan Sethi

Chairperson

Expertise: Human and Institution Development, Development Educator and Gender Trainer

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Mr. Tushar Dayal

Founder and Director, Business Head/Leader

Expertise: NGO Management, Professional Coach, Treasury Management and Audit

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Ms. Aruna Lakhani

Director

Expertise: Rural Development, Women Empowerment

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Mr. Ramnik Patel

Director

Expertise: Corporate Management, Administration, Governance

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Mr. Paresh M. Saraiya

Director

Expertise: Ecology and Bio-Diversity, Social Development, Leadership and Responsible governance, Corporate Management

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Dr. Bhavna Mehta

Director

Expertise: Social Work Educator and Researcher, Gender Expert, Corporate Social Responsibility

Governing Body and Team

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Mr. Gagan Sethi

Chairperson

Expertise: Human and Institution Development, Development Educator and Gender Trainer

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Mr. Tushar Dayal

Founder and Director, Business Head/Leader

Expertise: NGO Management, Professional Coach, Treasury Management and Audit

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Ms. Aruna Lakhani

Director

Expertise: Rural Development, Women Empowerment

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Mr. Ramnik Patel

Director

Expertise: Corporate Management, Administration, Governance

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Mr. Sanjeev Mantri,

Director

Expertise: Social Development, Education for Under Privileged, Corporate Management

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Dr. Bhavna Mehta

Director

Expertise: Social Work Educator and Researcher, Gender Expert, Corporate Social Responsibility

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Dr. Nandini Srivastava

Chief Executive Officer –

Expertise: Public Health and Nutrition, Population Studies, Programme Management

OUR TEAM

The Ground Team comprises a dedicated team of 45 full time and part time personnel working under the able leadership and guidance of the CEO and the Board.

Dr. Nandini Srivastava

Dr. Nandini Srivastava

CEO

PhD

26 Years

Public Health and Nutrition Expert, Population Studies, Program Management

Chandrika Makwana

Chandrika Makwana

Program Director

MSW & NGO MANAGEMENT

25 Years

Project Planning and Implementation, Capacity building, Community Based Organization,
Leadership development

Jyoti Dhomse

Jyoti Dhomse

Senior Coordinator

MSW

20 Years

MIS, Research and Documentation

Sardarsinh Gohil

Sardarsinh Gohil

Senior Coordinator

BRS & MSW

15 Years

Capacity building on agriculture practices, Monitoring and Evaluation

Kamlesh Parmar

Kamlesh Parmar

Field Scout

B.A & MSW

04 Years

Community liasioning, networking and coordination

Janaksinh Rathod

Janaksinh Rathod

Field Scout

B.A & MSW

06 Month

Community coordination

Sanjay Rathod

Sanjay Rathod

Senior Coordinator

MSW

15 Years

SHG strengthening, Govt. lasioning

Bhupendrasinh Jadav

Bhupendrasinh Jadav

Accountant

B.COM & M.COM

03 Years

Accounting and Documentation

Asmita Shah

Asmita Shah

Senior Coordinator

MSW & NGO MANAGEMENT

10 Years

SHG strengthening, community relationship building, project implementation

 Dinesh Vaghela

Dinesh Vaghela

Field Mobiliser

B.A

2.5 Years

Community mobilization and coordination

Mahesh Vaghela

Mahesh Vaghela

Field Mobiliser

B.A & P.T.C

03 Years

Group formation and documentation, PwD liasioning

Jalpa Patel

Jalpa Patel

Field Mobiliser

MSW

06 Years

Project implementation

Pushpa Vasava

Pushpa Vasava

Field Mobiliser

BRS & MSW

Fresher

Community mobilization and coordination

Dhananjay Patel

Dhananjay Patel

Field Mobiliser

BRS & MSW

06 Months

Community liasioning and coordination

Akshay Chauhan

Akshay Chauhan

Hr

B.COM & MSW(HR)

Fresher

HR procedures and polices

Mariya Padvi

Mariya Padvi

Senior Coordinator

B. A

12 Years

Project implementation and community coordination

Mona Vasava

Mona Vasava

Field Mobiliser

SSC

08 Years

Community mobilization and coordination