WHO WE ARE
Dr. Shambhunath Singh Research Foundation, commonly known as SRF is a secular, non-profit making development organization, which was established by the group of development professionals under the inspiration of renowned literary figure, culturist and social activist late Dr. Shambhunath Singh. The foundation of organisation was laid on November 9, 1989, while formally registered under the society registration act on December 31 1991.
Over the period, the organization has marked its presence as a committed, target oriented development agency, guided by professional values, with long term objectives to pursue integrated community development. In the journey of two decades, SRF has undertaken various interventions on the issues like, child centred community development, child rights, women empowerment, gender issues, human rights, urban development and environment protection in rural semi urban and urban areas.
Working with multicultural communities, the organization believes that individuals have inherent capacities to grow and develop, and it is the duty of the society to support them in finding out their way to success. Over the period, the organisation has collaborated with a number of national and international organizations. Some of the Ministries and organizations include, MSJE-GoI, MWCD-GoI, MoL-GoI, NCW, UNICEF, Plan India, Action Aid, CRY, Step Foundation, PACT Inc. (USA), Jensaikyo Foundation, UPSACS, UPHSDP, HLFPPT, Mahila Kalyan Nigam, SIFPSA etc.
SRF, in order to promote the collective efforts and community based organisations for sustainable development, have formed various groups and federations across the Project area and at state level. Some of the milestones, achieved in terms of formation of federations including, federation of women group which is known as, Savitribai Phule Swam Siddha Federation, operational in Bhadohi, a group of children known as Bal Paharua, in urban and rural areas of operations, a state level action group on child protection, a state level forum of children etc.
While working in SRF we introduce the best practices and approaches for community development, while to disseminate the same we provide on demand technical support in terms of research and capacity building of primary stake holders. We add value in our field operations by embedding the learning we acquire from our research and reciprocate the same, creating a loop of learning which ultimately benefits our clients and community at large.
SRF believes that knowledge is the key to bring social change, which should not be concentrated in a few hands, but should be disseminated widely. It believes in common leadership and common action, where participation of women, children and other deprived and disadvantaged sections of the society is ensured in decision making and planning. It follows the maxim of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar: shiksha sherni ke doodh ki bhanti hai, piyoge to gurrana swayam seekh jaoge(education is like milk of lioness, once you consume it you learn to growl)..
This philosophy has led to the emergence of vision and mission organisation.
To establish a society which is free from exploitation, has motive of self-governance, is self-sufficient, and is enriched educationally, socially, culturally and environmentally, and which creates inspiration for the next generation.
To bring enlightenment out of gloom, meaning a novel, dynamic and swift social change through awareness among the people and the community.
- Protection of human rights, especially those of children, women, dalits, torture victims, and other deprived sections of the community like urban homeless, workers from unorganised sector and people living with disability, HIV and AIDS (PLWHAs)
- Promoting women liberation and empowerment through socio-economic, political, cultural and legal awakening
- Re-establishing a just and equitable society
- Ensuring people's participation and community mobilisation in the development process
- Conserving, protecting and propagating communal harmony and cultural heritage