The vision of the organisation is to build a world on the pillars of equal opportunities, access to resources, gender equality, democratic governance, participatory learning and respect of diverse cultures.
With a presence in both rural as well as urban areas, Samerth primarily works with women and children. Apart from catering to the educational needs of children between the ages of 3 and 6, they also run centres that double up both as counseling centres for women suffering from domestic violence as well as informational hubs where men and women can access information regarding various government schemes. They also work on providing water security and irrigation in the arid region of Kutch and on capacity building of underprivileged women in the rural areas they operate in.
SAMERTH was started to create a humane, sustainable and equitable society through strengthening peoples' capacities and equipping community institutions so that they are informed and are able to access their rights to have a human existence. The programme is developed as per the requirement of the community. In Kutch, they focus on water availability and leveraging resources around it. In the city of Ahmedabad, the organisation has working with urban poor and giving them access to education and developing leadership amongst women and adolescent girls and boys. In Chattisgarh, the focus is to work with tribal communities and create and facilitate the process of accessing entitlements and education.
Stats for 16-17
No. of children impacted - 55
No. of people impacted - 236
No. of children receiving nutrition - 704
No. of families impacted - 30
No. of children availing the facility - 22
Gazala Paul has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Indore School of Social Work, (Devi Ahilya University), Indore, India in 1987 and a Masters in "Coexistence and Conflict Management" from Brandeis University,Massachusetts, USA in February 2006. Since May 1999, she has been the CEO of Samerth. Since April 2006 she has been a consultant to Paul Hamlyn Foundation, UK as Advisor for developing programme on accessing quality education for the tribals and urban poor, disability rights, forest rights, enabling women's role in local governance and addressing issue of violence against women for the west India programme. She has also worked with with Oxfam-Great Britain as Project Officer from 1992 to 1999 for the Gujarat and Rajasthan States of India developing programme on rights based issues for the vulnerable communities and mitigation strategy for disaster management.