Anjali was founded by Smt. Anita Shah & Dr. Lalit Shah in 1988. Ever since his graduation from a medical college in India, Dr Shah had a burning desire to improve in some way, lives of needy and underprivileged people of the area where he grew up. He prepared himself for 8 years for the work he wanted to do by working in various hospitals and voluntary organisations to gain medical and management experience.
While working in a voluntary organization in 1982 he met Anita Desai, a co-worker, whom he married in 1983. In 1987 they moved to Ranasan, a village in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat state in India.Instead of forming an organization, Anjali founders started medical practice in Ranasan in May, 1987, with the intention of knowing the local population and the area, and building rapport with patients and villagers. Anjali Society for Rural Health &Development was registered with charity commissioner in 1988 as Public Trust and Registered Society. Dr Shah’s medical practice came to an end after 18 months in November, 1988.
As founders themselves were the workers and had not been in private practice long enough, the resources were limited. All the medicines, furniture and equipments of the private medical practice were donated to Anjali and a small health center called Gramin Arogya Kendra (Village Health Center) with 5 workers including the founders was started in a rented house in Ranasan. As rapport with community already existed as a result of time spent in private practice, the Gramin Arogya Kendra was readily accepted by the community.
The process of moving Anjali from a concept to reality got a big boost when a family of village Ranasan purchased and donated 3.5 acres of land in prime location and USA based Share & Care Foundation showed desire to assist Anjali in constructing hospital.
Construction on the donated land started in 1991, OPD block was inaugurated in 1992 and activities of Anjali shifted to OPD block. The construction of the hospital was completed in May 1993 and a 30 bed hospital was inaugurated and named Anjali Hospital.
Promotion of health & all round development of rural population without any distinction of caste, colour or creed.
1. Activities promoting community health & primary health care.
Credibility Alliance is a collective of voluntary organizations, which come together to enhance the credibility of the voluntary sector and build confidence among all stakeholders including the public, the government, the donor community and the corporate sector. It plans to achieve this by enhancing transparency, accountability through good governance within the sector by the promotion and adoption of ‘norms’ of governance evolved through consultation with a large number of VO throughout the country.
Accountability and Transparency are the key issue in governance, and Anjali expected to set benchmark in this regard, and hence the organization had gone for Accreditation by Credibility Alliance, Mumbai in April, 2009. By Accrediting, Anjali will become the member of Accreditation Alliance for 5 years, and at the end of the 5 year, the membership needs to be renewed.
Certificate Registration No : CA/36/2014
frequently asked questions
A. ANJALI is a community based Voluntary Organization.( Also called Non Government Organisation, NGO).
Educational activities empowering women, children, youth and over all development of rural population & rural areas.
Environment enrichment by tree plantation, rain water harvesting & use of renewable energy.
Activities conducive to & fostering moral and ethical values.
A. Both the founders of Anjali, Mrs. Anita L. Shah (Managing Tustee, Director Community Based Development Action Programm) and Dr. Lalit C Shah (Trustee & Medical Director) are involved in day to day management of Anjali. Dr. Lalit C Shah is looking after medical & administrative aspects of Anjali Hospital, while Mrs.Anita L Shah is looking after Community Based Development Action programs and overall administration of Anjali. Along with both of them there is a group of key departmental heads involved in day to day management of the organisation.
A. Economically and socially depressed members of the community regardless of their caste, colour or creed are the primary beneficiaries of Anjali.Locally Anjali focuses on the Thakardas, Harijan, Bhangi, Ravad, Vaghri, Vanzara, Vadi, Pagi, Rabari and migrant tribal labourers and their families.
A. Yes!!! Presence of Anjali is indeed necessary and relevant and will remain so for years to come.With direct connection with the local population and understanding of the area, Anjali has been able to bring about significant societal and economic changes among the underprivileged communities of surrounding region. Villagers often refer to Anjali as a God’s gift to them. The primary reason behind such success is that Anjali is located in a village, not unlike villages that these people come from. Anjali Hospital is the only 24x7 facility in around 25 kms and located in a village. At Anjali they find a number of services provided in a warm, friendly and secure manner on a well landscaped campus that they love to hangout in.
A. The organization is solely dependent on the donations it receives from the Doners from India and abroad, it wont be possible to run this organization without donation, as the healthcare services are provided at very negligible cost, the organization provides up to 100% free treatment to the needy patients, and the ratio of these needy patients are about 75 to 80 % from the total beneficiaries. Every year organization produces the deficit of around Rs1,50,00,000 , which is ultimately met through donations only.
A. Yes, Medical doctors, computer professionals, individuals interested in community work, skill development work , non-formal educational activities , youth activities, sports activities for the youth and environment programms like tree plantation and water body development are welcome to contact us.
A. Visitors are welcome at Anjali. Anjali is located about 90 Kms from Ahmedabad which is main city of Gujarat state. Take help from the map here:
A. Anjali has become a popular and reliable health care destination for the poor & needy people of surrounding 200 villages. Immediate plans are to increase medical services and availability of specialist doctors. Initiation of activities related to children and youth including non formal education. At long term,consolidating hospital activities with addition of advanced investigation facilities and super specialist doctors visiting the area regularly. Consolidating children and youth activities. Developing skill development, capacity building and sports activities for youth. Make efforts at involving capable local individuals in the some aspects of management of the organization.