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What is Sahaya International?

  • Sahaya International, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, based in Davis, California. Sahaya International. Click here to see our IRS determination letter.
  • To learn more about our sister organization in Europe, go to
  • We consist of a diverse network of friends, who are committed to make a difference towards improving the quality of life in developing countries.
  • 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.
  • Our organization is relatively young. 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.

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Where does the name Sahaya come from?

The name Sahaya is derived from an old Sanskrit word that means "HELP".


How did Sahaya International start?

The idea for Sahaya International grew out of the experience of our secretary, Dr. Koen Van Rompay, after an inspiring trip to India. (Click here to read Koen's stories). With the help of friends and family, Sahaya International was born.


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