SAYODHYA is a charitable non-profit organization based in Hyderabad, established in 2010 by a group of women employees in Dr. Reddy’s Foundation which seeks to primarily cater to women in need of shelter and support. These women felt impelled to start this home after witnessing in their field work a need for a safe haven for women in distress. This shelter home is a transit refuge center for women and children who are escaping range of abusive situations-physical, sexual and emotional, who have no social support systems to rely on and also to rehabilitate them.
Sayodhya - home is a registered society under societies registration act. Our mission is to address women in distress, specifically to provide the victims of domestic violence with a short stay home (from one day to a week).We strive to accomplish this mission by offering services that include 24-hour availability of emergency shelter; counseling and support for victims’ .We believe that each survivor of domestic violence has the right to a safe, secure home and the capability to self-determine their violence free future. That is why we center our efforts in providing an environment that will help the victims recover from the traumatic effects of victimization and develop an understanding and awareness of the dynamics of domestic violence, relationship difficulties, financial hardship, and difficulties at work by empowering them to gain independent and self sufficient livelihood ahead.
Sayodhya helps to beat distress and find new avenues. These victimized women come to the home either by themselves or with the recommendation of Govt official, police, court and NGOs. we currently operates on 30 bed emergency shelter, with plans to start accommodation to young girls and aims to inculcate self -confidence in them to lead a dignified life.
Age :Women above 18 years of age are admitted, girls who are below18 years are referred to child welfare committees and state home
- Women who are abandoned by Family or Husband
Domestic violence (domestic abuse, spousal abuse, child abuse or intimate partner violence) which includes pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, friends or cohabitation. It also includes physical aggression (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse, emotional abuse, controlling or domineering; intimidation, stalking, passive (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation. Domestic violence is the most frequent assault on the women which leads to great distress.
difficulties at work: work place harassment( sexual, mental, verbal and physical
financial hardship: women who are not able to meet the minimum living standards(food ,clothing ,shelter)
early stage of pregnant women are accepted(no health complications)
Marital problems which includes conflicts between the spouses or conflicts because of family members
Seeking divorce: women who are in the court period of divorce
Separation: women who are separated from the spouse , isolated ,left out
forceful marriage.false assurances of marriage: As a result of absconding with the boy eventually they are thrown away from family and the community for such actions.
Facilities provided for women in distress:
First a warm welcome and assurance that all will be well .We will collect personal details and information regarding the current situation.
Free accommodation includes stay, bedding (bed sheet, blanket, and pillow),Toiletry (brush, paste, tongue cleaner, soap, shampoo, comb, oil, towel,)Clothes according to the necessity.
We have trained staff who are available 24 hours and 7 days a week
Counseling: counseling part includes building up the rapport with the victim, helping her ventilate by ensuring confidentiality and helping her understand the problem, explore different possibilities, and plan for future course of actiion
Legal advice: Sayodhya connects the client to a legal advisor who will help her in legal counseling and how to go about the problem.
Support for reintegration with family: Sayodhya supports the inmate and helps her in the process of reintegration if she wishes to do so.
Support groups and community networks: Sayodhya connects the inmates to different support groups, community networks, vocational training institutions whenever and where ever required.
availability of 24 hour help line:
Since its establishment in 2010 to till date, Sayodhya has provided emergency shelter to more than 2000 women and young girls.
To offload our burden we have started working with women in slums to strengthen them become counselors and at present we have opened free family counseling centers in 10 urban slums in Hyderabad where women themselves address cases of crimes against women by supporting with crisis intervention and if necessary shifting them to Sayodhya home to create an environment that will help the victims recover from the traumatic effects of victimization.
- 600 underprivileged students have been covered since 2011 with vocational training and orientation on job placement.
- Around 500 underprivileged young women from rural and urban AP were imparted Professional Development Course on ECCE.
- 2000 women and young girls received Shelter and food at Sayodhya Home so far and 200 girls pursuing further education stayed at Sayodhya.
- Cases of Domestic Violence, harassments, child marriages, physical and mental abuses for 1500 women have been addressed so far providing support in the form of legal and psychological counseling.
- Reached 600 girls from poor socioeconomic backgrounds for supporting their education.
- Prepared 30 youth girls for writing degree entrance and 15 students for open 10th class examination.
- Motivated and joined 60 dropout children of 6 to14 years in Govt. Schools, KGBV and Bridge Course Camps run by NGOs
- Established 10 free family counseling centers in slums of GHMC to resolve the family disputes
Our Operating Expenses over the years
As on date
Our Fund Raising Goal
Our fundraising goal is to raise Rs. 10,00,000 in 30 days. This will allow us to provide three times meal to the inmates, legal assistance, professional counseling services, medical aid and offer more long-term skill training programmes to young women to ensure these women become independent and lead a dignified life.
You can help us do this by:
1. Sponsoring the stay and accommodation of a victim by donating Rs. 850/ woman for a week stay
2. Sponsor the Education of a Girl / Provide her with Vocational Training by donating Rs.10000 per girl
3. Donating daily necessities -
helps women address immediate needs but it empowers them to develop skills and confidence to become self sufficient,
Items to Donate :
Clothes, Mattresses, beds, bed sheets, Kitchen tables with chair, Sofas, small entertainment units, Office chairs and desks, TV and used computers, Cabinets, books, Bicycles (We request that donated items be in good condition and gently used)
It is worth life changing encouragement and emotional support that she will get to help her change her life from being a victim to an active citizen.
Volunteers fulfill an important role at SAYODHYA. They bring spirit and enthusiasm to many areas. Our home for need can always use LOTS of extra hands.
Raise awareness by becoming a volunteer if you would like to
- Gain some experience
- Meet new people
- Just want to help out
We are always looking for volunteers who can help us organizing various events/workshops/activities.
We welcome school volunteers and community groups. If you would like to volunteer, PLEASE LET US KNOW