LAHRC - Legal Aid and Human Rights Center

Project Brief: Strengthening of People's Organizations (POs) in 7 talukas of Surat District through education, legal training, and logistical support.
Project Type: Community Awareness Programs (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Stanford
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Sapna Satagopan
Project Partner(s): Stanny Jebamalai
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , LAHRC,Nr. R.T.O., Ring Road,,
GUJARAT  395 001
Tel: (0261) 3475683, 472226
Stewarding Chapter: Stanford
Sep 2003SeattleUSD 5000
Dec 2002StanfordUSD 5000

Total = $10000

The beneficiaries of the project are the tribal people of the seven talukas of Surat District where LAHRC is working at present. The plan is to cover around 380 villages in the seven talukas. In these villages, People's Organizations (POs) have been set up. These POs seek to strengthen tribal identity, unity, self-dignity and prosperity.

Tribals comprise about 15 percent of Gujarat's population, compared to a national average of approximately 8 percent, where they are concentrated in the eastern belt of the state. In the Surat district, the tribal population totals more than 1.2 million and constitutes 36 percent of the overall population. In the seven talukas of Surat (Nizar, Ucchal, Songadh, Vyara, Mandvi, Mangrol and Umadpada) where LAHRC operates, nearly 99 percent of the population is tribal.
To empower each tribal person individually, each village as a community, and thereby the tribal population as a whole, to unite themselves into an organization that may fight for the rights of one and all; make sure that government schemes reach the people for whom they are meant; and act as a pressure group when the legitimate interests of the tribal community are at stake.
The proposal is for a project to be implemented by the Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (LAHRC). LAHRC is an autonomous branch of Navsarjan Trust. The following is an introduction to the work of Navsarjan in general and LAHRC in particular.
Name of the organization: Navsarjan Trust
Date of Establishment: 12th May,1986
Registration Number (Public Trust Act): Guj. 518-Surat; F/423/Surat
Tax Exemption Certificate Number: SRT/CIT/SIB/104/518/98-99
Exemption Valid Dates: 31st March 2002
(This is renewed every three years. The application is already made for renewal.)
Status: Partial Funding from Asha-Stanford