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Shroffs Foundation Trust (SFT) has successfully blended the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, Ramkrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananda with modern science and effective corporate management and governance systems. This unique blend of the personal with the professional, the traditional with the contemporary, the emotional with the rational and the prudent with the innovative has given SFT its leading edge. Persistence and patience… moving the boulder a little bit day by day… to pursue even the very prosaic ground tasks with utmost rigor has led to many monumental transformations.

The operative strategy of the Trust is "Sahaviryam Karva Vahey", a Sanskrit phrase broadly translated as 'the joy of togetherness… together we will achieve the best, together we will grow and together we will prosper'. The strong belief that the liberation of the vulnerable is closely linked to the liberation of the 'liberator' is at the heart of this philosophy. In the development lexicon, SFT places utmost emphasis on active community participation as the key to building an empowered community.

SFT has actively groomed local Samaj Shilpis (local leaders/change agents) to play meaningful roles to change the destiny of their communities from a chronicle of deprivation and exploitation to one of enlightenment and empowerment. With this approach, SFT strives to ensure that the capabilities of the society are built to a level where the key driver of development and growth is the society itself, and institutions, government and funding agencies only remain as a support system.

For SFT, community development is not powered by an elite leadership, but is the work of every member of the community-local, regional, national and global. SFT has striven to mobilize the support of educational and training institutes, subject specialists, government departments, donors and concerned citizens to generate expertise and resources that are needed to respond to the aspirations of the communities they are working with.

The commitment of the community to the long-term vision has ensured program sustenance and resulted in remarkable and exemplary success in Vadodara, tribal Chhotaudepur district and Banni region of Kachchh district.


Vision

The teaching of Ramkrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananda:

"Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature. Do this either by work, or worship or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free. This is the whole of religion... Doctrines or dogmas or rituals or books or temples or forms are but secondary details."



Mission

"To assist the village population in improving their productivity, efficiency and creativity through services and goodwill, with the support of industries, academic institutions, voluntary and government agencies and with the guidance of competent and committed experts by knowledge, inputs and effective management of available resources viz. land, water, energy, livestock and people. To upgrade the quality of lives of everyone in the villages: the children, the youth, women, men and the aged, mainly through their own involvement, interest and initiative."

To evolve such a society through transformation of

  • Garibi Mukt (Poverty free )
  • Nyay Yukt (Fair Justice)
  • Shoshan Mukt (Exploitation free )
  • Poshan Yukt (Healthy and Nutritious)
  • Pradushan Mukt (Pollution free)