Founded by Ronnie and Zarina Screwvala, the Swades Foundation operates with the single-minded focus of empowering rural India. Our vision is rural empowerment through best practices, modern technology and values.

OUR VISION

To create a permanent, irreversible change in the lives of 1 million people in rural India in the next 5-6 years.

To create a permanent, irreversible change in the lives of 1 million people in rural India in the next 5-6 years.

OUR MISSION

Our vision is to bring together the best global practices, corporate thinking, and accountability, the highest standards of corporate governance to create a model of sustainable development, which is a benchmark in the industry and can be replicated at scale.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

At the Swades Foundation, we believe that the partnership of rural India with corporates, young urban India, the Government and other foundations is the key to create a permanent and irreversible change for good.

OUR STRATEGY

Our strategy is to Engage, Empower, Execute and Exit: To engage rural communities with corporates, young urban India, not-for-profit organizations and government to empower our communities to execute programs that transform their own lives.

FOUNDER'S STATEMENT

We believe that India will never achieve its true growth story until the rural sector of the country is empowered to make choices and transform their own lives. With this thought, we initiated SHARE (Society to Heal Aid Restore Educate) 15 years ago. Today SHARE has metamorphosed into the Swades Foundation with a mission to empower 1 million lives in 5-6 years through 360-degree development across Health, Education, Water & Sanitation and Economic Development. Our aim is to create a model for development that can be replicated at scale across India and perhaps the world.

While we, with our 300+ strong team and 1000+ volunteers at the Swades Foundation, strive hard to find and execute solutions to the multiple challenges Rural India faces, we’d be happier if we don’t achieve our goal alone. We believe in a collaborative model and work with multiple partners which include NGOs, other foundations, the government and corporates. We at the Swades Foundation are committed and raring to go. We aren’t naïve about the task we’ve set but are determined to create communities that will have the ability to contribute substantially to India’s growth story.

We have always dreamt of One India, an India where the Urban-Rural divide doesn’t exist. We hope that you will pledge your support to the Swades Foundation, to our Rural communities. Pledge to support their dreams with the same passion as we pursue our own. Pledge to become a part of their world and welcome them to ours.

Today, we want to leave you with three thoughts

If not now, then when? — If not here, then where? — If not you, then who?

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Ronnie & Zarina Screwvala

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