SWEAD was established in 1994. It was formed for the benefit of the poorest and most disadvantaged people, specifically poor women and children, for their socio-economic empowerment, and liberation. A group of 11 educated women from the Dalit community (India's so-called untouchable community) founded it in 1994 under the leadership of Dr. C. Jayaraj, Professor of St. Joseph's Eve College in Bangalore. It is a voluntary social action group headed by a woman. Currently, it is working in 36 villages of Bhuvanagiri, Parangeepet and kurinjipady taluks of Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu, India.
• Registered under Societies Registration Act 1975 Rule – 21, Regd.
No. 3/1994 on 20-01-1994
• Registered under FCRA Act 1961 Registration No. 076010148 on
• Registered under Section 12A of Income Tax Act 1481,
Registration No. AACAS8029CE20218
• Registered Under Section 80G of Income Tax Act 1481, Registration No.AACAS8029CF20216
• PAN CARD Number AACAS8029C
• NGO Darpan Unique Id of VO/NGO TN/2010/0035833
Aims and Ojectivies
SWEAD aims at creating an environment abundant with equal opportunities for vulnerable, marginalized and poor people, particularly women and children, ensuring a sustainable development process in rural areas.
Child Development : SWEAD works towards protecting the rights of children through child participation and child rights action against exploitations and abuses, enhancing their learning skills through formal, informal and alternate education methods and educating the community members to ensure a child-friendly society.
Women Empowerment: SWEAD is involved in empowering rural women by organising them into Self Help Groups (SHGs) promoting savings and credit and sensitising them on gender equality. We provide them with production and trade skills and facilitate them to obtain loans from financial instituions to initiate their own micro enterprises individually and/or collectively for improving their living standards. We also equip them with information knowledge and skills on health, nutrition, water and sanitation to usher in an integrated and wholesome development.
Livelihood: SWEAD offers multiple livelihood options to the marginalized poor by imparting them with marketable and employable skills and helping them to become employed or successful entreprenuers by facilitating them to acquire capital, equipment, and tools by facilitating them to receive grants and/or interest-free or subsidised loans.
Sustainable development: SWEAD is involved in preserving and promoting environment and ecology in rural areas by educating the community on minimizing the resource usage and proper utilization and recycling of available resource to meet the developmental needs and thus achieving sustainable development.