Samathwa Human Development Centre (SHDC) is an organization headquartered in Thrissur, Kerala, India. Samathwa directly benefiting over 500 youth, women and their families presently, through our various projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in over 30 across Kerala state of India.
Education is both the means as well as the end to a better life: the means because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one's awareness on a range of issues - from healthcare to appropriate social behavior to understanding one's rights - and in the process help him/her evolve as a better citizen.
Doubtless, education is the most powerful catalyst for social transformation. But child education cannot be done in isolation. A child will go to school only if the family, particularly the mother, is assured of healthcare and empowered. Moreover, when an elder sibling is relevantly skilled to be employable and begins earning, the journey of empowerment continues beyond the present generation.
Samathwa believes that unless members of the civil society are involved proactively in the process of development, sustainable change will not happen. Following this model of Civic Driven Change, Samathwa sensitizes and engages the civil society, making it an active partner in all its welfare initiatives.
Today, millions of children in India are out of school - surrounded by poverty, illness and despair; they are fighting a daily battle for their survival. Also today millions of youth in India are unemployed, because of lack of proper professional education. Millions of women in India are depending their family for their daily needs because of lack of vocational skills sets and so "no income situation". Together, we can help a child and bring hope in their lives. Together, we can bring change and make it last.