We are a country where more than hundred languages, a little more than twenty religious beliefs and a multitude of cuisines come together each day to stir up a pretty mosaic. And yet, these are the same wedges that are driven into the mosaic to polarize people and propagate a vision of citizenship that traps the ‘self’ in borders drawn around identities that exclude the ‘other’.
SAHER enables young people to think critically to foster respect for diversity, build perspectives around relevant issues and become active, boundary-less citizens so that peace does not merely become the absence of war.
Founded in 1997, SAHER has been actively responding to communities through working with adolescents and youth to build life skill competencies, create exposure to multiple realities and foster motivations for discovering the active citizen within each of us to initiate meaningful change in the world around. Our key concern is lack of social peace and growing communal polarization between communities. This stems from the socio-political environment in which young people have been growing up.
To address this concern, the overall emphasis has been to work with adolescents and youth who are still at an impressionable age and open to accepting ideas. We have realized that as a person grows, his/her ideas about life and outlook gradually go through a process of internalization. This becomes so embedded in the person’s consciousness that it becomes near impossible to do away with the baggage of experiences and construction of thoughts. A continuous exposure to multiple realities and contextual situations, with adolescents and youth, can mould their minds to recognize and respect differences more easily.
SAHER is registered under Societies Registration Act 1860 GBBSD 732/2005: Registered under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950, F-28871
All donations to SAHER are eligible for 50% tax exemption under section 80G of the Income Tax Act.