Our Indian Partner
Our Indian partner is the Nazareth Association for Social Awareness (NASA), a grassroots non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded by Dr. Christopher Premdas in 1985.
The purpose of NASA is to provide a better future for the most vulnerable and oppressed sections of Indian society, particularly orphans, the disabled, leprosy and HIV/AIDS sufferers, sex workers, Adivasi (tribal) peoples and Dalits (Untouchables).
Dr. Premdas is a Dalit and a Christian who has dedicated NASA to empowering Dalit people living in extreme poverty and fighting for their rights against the practice of Untouchability. While working for a local relief agency, he was inspired by an encounter near the town of Tuni, in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
Now supported by a number of international charities and frequently by the Indian and Andhra Pradesh governments, NASA's work includes:
Construction of housing, wells and sanitation
Dalit and Women's empowerment
Emergency food and disaster relief
AIDS, TB and Leprosy education
Eradication of child labour and bonded labour