Sahaya means “help” in sanskrit
Mission & Vision statement:
Sahaya International consists of a network of friends who volunteer their time to build awareness and support of healthcare, education, environmental and socio-economic grassroots programs in developing countries. Together we believe we can contribute towards a world where everyone gets chances to succeed and live together in peace and respect with others, and with nature.
What is Sahaya International?
- Sahaya International, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, based in Davis, California. Sahaya International.
- Our organization is the brain child of our founder, Dr. Koen Van Rompay, after an inspiring trip to India (click here to read the story). In June 1999, we obtained official approval by the California Secretary of State, and we acquired state tax exemption status by the California Franchise Tax Board. In November 1999, we obtained federal approval and official 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
- Since then our network of volunteers, supporters and well-wishers has been growing each year.
- We are 100% run by unpaid volunteers. Not a single penny is spent on salaries. We want to make sure that the maximum amount of your donation can go overseas to directly help the people who are in need.
- Through our volunteer efforts, we provide much needed assistance to social development projects in developing countries.
- To learn more about our sister organization in Europe, go to www.sahaya.eu.
- To learn more about the origins of Sahaya International, please watch our short documentary “Sahaya Going Beyond”.
Our primary objectives are:
- To promote awareness and education of social, medical and environmental issues in developing countries.
- To support socio-economic and educational development projects in developing countries.
- To collaborate with local non-profit organizations in developing countries for the purposes mentioned above.
- To provide a link between non-profit organizations in developing countries and non-profit organizations and other agencies in developed countries.
- To create an international network of interested volunteers and other non-profit organizations to provide broader and more efficient support.
- To support programs that provide medical assistance to people in developing countries.
- To assist programs that do research on better ways to promote socio-economic, medical or environmental development in developing countries.
- To assist in disaster relief.