Sakhi Trust works with the underserved population in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region (HYKA) which comprises six districts of Karnataka: Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bellary and Koppala. The HYKA region is, according to the Human Development Indices, the most unprogressive part of Karnataka in terms of human development indices. The Nanjunadappa Commission report from 2003, submitted by the High Power Committee on regional imbalances, describes in detail the backwardness of this region.

The main reason for this lack of development is the 400 year long ruling of the Nizams of Hyderabad that lasted until the region’s liberation in 1948. The Nizams neglected the youth in their territory immensely which led, among other things, to a huge lack of education and employment opportunities.

Sakhi started to intervent in the HYKA-region, more precisely in Hosapete Taluka (Bellary), in 2002. When our trust became registered as a formal trust in 2007, it became a platform for youth, women and children in both rural and urban areas. Since then, Sakhi gives a voice to the voiceless and holds out a helping hand to those who suffer from oppression and unequal treatment. At present, we are working in 5 slums, 10 villages, 3 girls hostels, 12 colleges and 20 government schools.