To ensure enrollment of children in schools convincing parents and sustain them in schools simultaneously encourage school dropouts to continue their education by way of organizing coaching classes also revive coaching talented youth with sports skills

Help in the alleviation of rural unemployment and poverty by encouraging women to create income generating activities and cottage industries.  We will also provide women with business education, vocational skills and start up loans, equipment and working space.

Councelling & Mentorships

We also provide help and counselling assistance to have the girls continue with their education and training.

Raising Awareness

Raise awareness and trough campaigns in rural centers on primary health care, family planning, immunization and vaccination, HIV/AIDS/STD, sanitation, and sex education and workshop.

Training and Support

We aim to provide vocational skills to girls who are threatened with early marriages as a result of family pressure and/or unplanned teenage pregnancies. 

The siddi are tribes, the community scattered across the country but concentrated mainly in Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh and very few families live in other parts of this country. The Uttara Kannad Gazetteer reported (page 189) that many ran away  slaves from Goa settled down in Haliyal & Supa (presently known as Joida) Taluks and they are termed as Siddis.

 “Siddis are Decedents of African, who were brought to India by Arabs, the Portuguese and the Dutch. They are chiefly found in the forest areas of Ankola, Mundgod, Haliyal and Yallapur taluks. They live in small clusters constituting settlement of a villages or an independent settlement. Their occupation is agriculture, they are also engaged in harvesting honey and hunting some of them are forest laborers, they are superior wrestlers.

They worship Nysa halli devaru, Atchakanyeyaru, hanumantha, basavanna, dyamavva, yellamma, Siddarameswara. They worship their agricultural implements; they are the followers of swarnavalli muth of Sonda. Havyaka Brahmins are invited to officiate as priests in their religious ceremonies. They speak marati, mixture of marati, Konkani and kannada.There is no authentic official source of information regarding their population and their socio-economic condition, quality of life and the problems being faced. However, The Siddis are found in Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharastra, Andhra Pradesesh, Goa and Tamil Nadu.


Siddis are socially most backward community mostly settled in villages, they are being treated on par with dalits and there is a practice of untouchability, however, the upper castes and a few backward communities at the individual house level observe similar practice. They are also being invited to functions & ceremonies such as marriage, etc, food will be served separately and they will be made to clean vessels & floor after serving the food.

The majority of siddis are illiterates, though the trend of sending their children to schools increased, the rate of school dropout on the increase, as usual girls are not encouraged to pursue education after reaching puberty in all three religion Almost 90% of the men & 25% women are alcoholic, resulted in spending large portion of their income on this leading to ill health, poverty, violence on women, neglecting children; borrow money on exorbitant rate of interest, etc, found in common.

The illiteracy, school dropout rate, child marriages, child abuse, neglecting girl child education, teasing Siddi children in schools and social discrimination on the basis of race still continued. It is in this context the educated youth within Siddi community realized and began planning for intervention to address their issues.

Live Project

The Siddi Community of India

Employment & Skills


Supporting Women

Supporting single mothers, widows and destitute girls with food clothing, education, health and shelter.


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