Founded in 1990 as a women’s rights organization, VACHA has a long track record of advocating – and obtaining – improved rights for women and for building strong women leaders as well as a generation of male feminists.
Vacha works with girls ages 10 – 18 who live in the ‘bastis’ (slums) in and around greater Mumbai. Vacha runs over 17 after-school centers that teach the girls their rights, support them to stay in school, provide them with nutritional and sexual education, and expose the girls to the world outside the slums. Vacha empowers the girls to become leaders in their own communities – advocating for change to support their interests. The girls then decide what issues they want to address and then they develop and implement the advocacy campaigns to address those issues in their communities.
Shadhika supports two of VACHA’s centers where girls receive secondary education, life-skill training, and advocacy training on women’s rights. Shadhika also supports gender-based anti-violence training for young men.