SEVAK stands for Society for Empowerment through Voluntary Action in Karnataka. SEVAK is a registered non-governmental organisation, founded in the year 2009 with the objective to improve the socioeconomic status of the society, particularly the most vulnerable populations in Belagavi district of Karnataka. We work with the poor and marginalized communities in rural and urban areas; we help them to create their own community-based organisations and strengthen them. 

Target communities

The major communities we concentrate are vulnerable children, women, farmers, tribal communities and slum dwellers.

Areas of operations

SEVAK’s core projects are located in Belagavi district. Recently, we are also extending our operations in Dharwad, Uttar Kannada and Koppal districts of Karnataka State.


SEVAK believes that development is propelled by the full and conscious participation of the people at the grassroots level. People’s participation can be achieved only through target community approach starting from the bottom-line. SEVAK supports and guides communities in the following ways:

  • Management and development / utilization of natural resources, 
  • Promoting livelihood opportunities, 
  • Improving health and education status of the community, 
  • Protecting and promoting the rights of children, 
  • Empowerment of women and building capacities of the communities to raise and manage resources independently. 

Further, we believe that the battle against poverty can be successfully fought only when people learn to work together. We support the communities to think, plan and achieve their own development through collective actions.

Legal status

SEVAK is a registered society under Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 at Belgaum. It is recognized under section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. SEVAK has also registered under FCRA, 2010 and is eligible to receive foreign contributions.

Partnership and collaborations

We also partner and collaborate with other NGOs, Government, Networks and other partner organisations to influence and advocate for the rights and opportunities of the communities with whom we work.