Sopena Adivasis Deployment Association
Fr Frederico Sopena was, is and will always be an Inspiration for many. SADA was formed in his memory and to continue his legacy of selfless service, especially to the Adivasis - the tribal people of India. These people have been ignored, discriminated against and marginalised for centuries from the mainstream of Indian society. 'Deployment'means "the action of bringing resources into effective action"; SADA’s resources will be raised in India and deployed for the development of the Adivasis, supported by encouragement from ADA in Spain.
The acronym SADA sounds like saada (simple) or sadaa (forever) in Hindi and other Indian languages - a fitting tribute the memory of Fr. Sopena who led a life of exemplary simplicity and served his cause for nearly 70 years.
We are SADA India.
FR. FREDERICO SOPENA
Seven decades of tireless contribution to adivasi development
A Jesuit priest who dedicated his life to empowering the people at the grassroot level, Fr. Sopena was born in Barcelona, he left Spain as a teenager and sailed to India in 1949 to promote education, health and social emancipation projects with local organisations. India soon became his adopted homeland.
Though Spanish by birth, he was Indian at heart - and after three decades of effort, finally Indian by citizenship just a year before his demise at the ripe old age of 92.
Dressed in a simple kurta-pyjama, striding along with a Jaipur foot from a road accident many years ago, this tall, lanky priest worked tirelessly to achieve upliftment for even the most disadvantaged tribal communities.
A deep rooted faith and his commitment to the poor and the outcast powered his work. He passed on in 2017, leaving a legacy of hope, goodwill and the undying love of the people he worked with so closely for nearly seventy years.
"The Good You Can Do With One Foot in the Grave" reminds us of his tenacity and spirit.
SO HOW DID IT START ??
The unfliching love for humanity...an infectious idea germinated by Fr. Sopena lead his family and friends to the creation of ADA - an Adivasi centric NGO founded in Spain.
Raising funds through charity events in the local communities ADA has been funding grass-root organizations in their efforts towards better lives and livelihoods for the tribal and marginalized population of rural India.
SADA - the SOPENA ADIVASI DEPLOYMENT ASSOCIATION, was started as a vision of Fr .Sopena, to support local initiatives and agencies through local resources,
WHO WE ARE
Carrying forward the legacy of Fr. Sopena
Founded by a small group of Fr Sopena’s friends and admirers, SADA has a managing committee comprising five members. All the members are voluntary in their participation and committed involvement. As time moves on it is expected that there will be many more members enrolled with the Association to carry forward its purpose.
All projects and program identified for support and sponsorship are tribal-centric. Projects for the next few years will be restricted to Maharashtra so that access is easy and convenient to coordinate.
SHORT TERM PROJECTS
Support is provided to short-term projects that span from 3 months (single transaction) to a year (recurring). Projects such as emergency assistance, rights awareness, medical, health and hygiene camps, herbal medicine and home remedies, school supplies, kitchenware, footwear, clothing, house repairs, or bicycles are some of the work we have deployed funds towards.
LONG TERM PROGRAMS
Support is provided to long-term programs that span more than 1 year, up to a maximum of 3 years. Examples of such projects are nutrition programs, skill development, long term illness, medical and mobile clinics, off-site schools, transportation, self-help groups, self-employment programs, empowerment programs, teacher training, vocational classes or computer training.
DISBURSAL OF FUNDS
Funding through donations is disbursed only through registered organizations that have expertise and track record to carry out the proposed projects and programs. SADA conducts due diligence to screen the prospective projects and programs, and will monitor progress and use of funds.
SADA members are encouraged to visit various projects and programs, as an encouragement to the organizations as well as an immersion into the work SADA is associated with. Visits of members, volunteers and others are organized from Mumbai and conducted at the sites of the Projects or Programs.
WHAT WE DO
Deploying Resources to Make A Difference
SADA has funded over a hundred projects and programs covering the full spectrum of Adivasis life. SADA funds activities across Maharashtra, in the tribal areas of Kolkhe, Tara, Penn, Tala, Khopoli, Karjat, Kolad, Mangaon, Mahad, Vasai, Ashagad, Naagzari, Talasari, Karazgaon, Shilonda, Shelti, Nagar Haveli, Nashik, Nandurbar, Shirpur and Subir. We work with projects in education, healthcare, civil rights awareness, vocational training and more
SADA India helps deploy funds and resources for school buildings, facilities, uniforms, teachers and hostel facilities for Adivasi children.
SADA helps fund NGOs that provide healthcare facilities in adivasi regions, periodic health checkup camps and a mobile health clinic.
SADA India helps coordinate activities that help Adivasis learn about their rights and how to exercise the rights.
OUR CURRENT PROJECTS
TARA - PANVEL
The project is to train and propagate traditional herbal remedies while creating awareness for sustainable practices for basic healthcare.
Identification of plants used as health supplements.
Planting and cultivation of herbal remedies
Process the herbal remedies to obtain the final product.
Sale of the finished products are sold as health supplements.
Guidance on the use of herbs for common ailments.
The SADA group has been actively engaged by way of visits and observation of the entire process as well as financially supporting the cause.
NEWS & VIEWS
SADA FIELD TRIP 03 FEB 2020
30 APRIL, 2020
A field trip of SADA members to various project sites in the local tribal region presents the opportunity to meet with the diverse organizations and understand their challenges - for a full report click here...
SADA FIELD TRIP 05 FEB 2020
30 APRIL 2020
Continuing the journey to the local tribal region, this time heading north of Mumbai along the busy Mumbai- Ahmedabad Highway... for a full report click here...
NATIONAL LOCKDOWN RELIEF - MPSM REACHES OUT TO FEED THE NEEDY
30 APRIL, 2020
The overnight nationwide shutdown to counter the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted livelihoods of millions of migrant, daily wage and rural poor. Far out of reach from government graces, these communities are being helped by NGOs and private initiatives through regional outreach programs.
SADA recevied a call for support from MPSM - Nashik and responded both as an organization and directly through its members to contribute towards its efforts in the Nashik region. Click here for additional information on this effort......
NATIONAL LOCKDOWN - JEEVANDHARA PROVIDES RELIEF IN KOLAD REGION
30 APRIL, 2020
While India fights the COVID-19 pandemic, the marginalized rural population is particularly vunerable in this time of emergency. Already far from basic needs the nationwide lockdown means starvation to many rural poor and daily wage earners. At a time when the loss of livelihood is complicated further by the lack of access to government relief efforts, grass-root organization such as JEEVANDHARA are actively responding to the needs of these rural communities.
BECOME A MEMBER
Membership is open to all, voluntary and free; no subscription is required.
SADA meets once a month or so. Attendance at meetings is not compulsory. Members are expected to participate in various activities regarding gathering donations. Members can also choose to get involved in the actvities, projects or programs that are selected for deployment and make occasional visits to Project locations.
Members are expected to encourage new memberships by sharing their experiences and spreading the word about the good work being done.
MAKE A DONATION
Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Sopena Adivasis Deployment Association an even better Non-Profit Organization than it already is.
Donations do not qualify for tax exemption yet. Tax exemption under section 80G of the Income Tax Act is expected soon.
Please send your cheque or NEFT to:
Sopena Adivasis Deployment Association
ICICI Bank A/c 123601001444
IFSC code: ICIC0001236
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"
Vincent Van Gogh
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