About us

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. 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.

Meet our officers and directors

To learn more about our officers and directors, click here .

Koen Van Rompay

Founder, Secretary-Treasurer

Ramin Yazdani


Adele Moussas


Laurie Brignolo


Mary Philip


Rino Dizon


Sara Summers


Danielle Newberry


Vinita Domier


Paulina Crook-Zielinska


Cincin Young


Anisha Bowles


Chung Truong


Andy Lauer


Louise Angermann


Marion Jenkins


Laleh Rastegarzadeh



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We believe that

we can build bridges of friendship across the world, and make people aware that we can all be catalysts of change and make this world a better place. Together, we can make an incredible difference in the lives of underprivileged people in developing countries.

Through this process we become enriched in unimaginable ways, and we learn what life is all about.

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