About Atmashakti Trust

Atmashakti was established in July 1995 with a broad mandate to support a mix of development initiatives in rural areas as well as urban slums. Since the principal trustees Mrs. Malti Singh and Mr. M. M. Singh were actively engaged in supporting/working for other voluntary agencies, the trust remained dormant till 2008.

 

Mrs Malti Singh was President of Amnesty International (Indian Section) for several years and later a member of the International Mandate Review Committee. She was also a co-founder of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and its first Chief Executive. She was also President of the Delhi School of Music.

 

In 1989 Mr. M.M. Singh gave up a fourteen-year career in the corporate world and chose to volunteer his time and efforts to the 'development sector' (a hazardous and addictive occupation that he is still stuck with!). Most of this time was spent volunteering with and subsequently growing and mentoring SRUTI (Society for Rural Urban and Tribal Initiative).

 

Driving Holiday in the Himalayas' and half the royalties received go to supporting Atmashakti's work. A guide on Delhi & Agra has also just been completed. 

Anuradha Sharma completed her post graduation in Social Work from Delhi University, but chose to follow a successful career in the garment industry. However demanding her work, she managed to devote time and energy to help fledgling voluntary organisations (Pan Himalayan Grassroots Foundation, Society for Rural Urban and Tribal Initiative (SRUTI) and Aarohi) as they took their first small steps.

 

A part of the experience gained with SRUTI was disaster relief and rehabilitation. When the Kosi River flooded its banks in North Bihar in September 2008 resulting in widespread devastation, Atmashakti Trust mobilized over Rs.12 lakhs to provide relief and rehabilitation to around 1200 families in one the worst affected areas.

 

Atmashakti is now engaged in a long term mission to bring the benefits of government programmes to the poorest of the poor with a focus on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and Food & Nutritional Security.

 

 

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