The northern districts of Karnataka state have a large population of traditional nomadic shepherds. SAS tries to empower them socio-economically and politically. SAS tries to empower them socio-economically and politically.
It trains them in personality development, community building, better sheep care, judicious use of modern medicines and modern breeding practices.
SAS animates and guides rural women in the formation of Self-Help Groups;helps them to mobilize micro credit from government and banks; creates opportunities for income generation and personality development.It helps them in the area of advocacy and networking for tackling gender discrimination and violence against women.
This initiative focuses on the health needs of the rural poor, especially of women and children, through a community health programme in which SAS identifies,selects and trains rural women to function as skilled community health workers. Through this programme, it creates awareness in the villages about HIV/STD, small family norms and traditional health systems and supplies the community with medicines for common ailments.