How are we different?

Shivganga Samagra Gramviaks Parishad (SSGP) is a group of Social Entrepreneurs committed to restore the ecosystem of sustainable living through holistic village development. The foundation of this NGO lies in the moral values and ideology that they pro


A Progressive unfoldment

It all started around twenty years back. Mahesh Ji roamed around village-to village in Jhabua for five years, observing and living among the tribal people. He felt that a community living with the highest values of humanity is suffering and is perceived as backward, uncivilised and even ‘aboriginal’. Mahesh Ji and Shri Harsh Chouhan - a tribal himself, began discussing a need for a movement. In 2005, along with some tribal social leaders, they organised a training camp for youths. It was the first time the tribal youths of Jhabua were discussing the pain of their community. The water crisis came out to be the most stressful pain. Thus began Shivganga - a movement taking inspiration from Raja Bhagirath’s effort to bring Ganga to Earth - to bring Ganga (water) to quench Jamee Mata (mother earth) of Jhabua.  In 2007, it became Shivganga Samagra Gramvikas Parishad - a voluntary nonprofit organisation for ‘Holistic Rural Development’.



Leveraging of any kind of motivation for self, family or village becomes a deadlock in bringing collective prosperity and leads to conflict. Parmarth is about finding blissfulness in working for others without expecting. The motivation of Parmarth upholds self-respect and leads to sustainable development for everyone


The real development of a person or community means ending their vulnerability and empowering them to become self-dependent(Swavlambhan). But , it is often forgotten that self-reliance comes only from self-esteem(Swabhiman). Hence, the building of self-esteem is the beginning of development.


Samvardhan leads to Samruddhi’ (Prosperity through Enrichment) is a principle which says it is not enough to conserve the natural resources, but there is a need for enriching them. The five basic resources of this planet .i.e., Jan(people), Jal(water), Jungle(forest), jameen(farmland) and Janawar(animal), be not only conserved but also be enriched.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development is the ultimate goal. The solid base of sustainable development is Swavlamban. Only a self-reliant community can attain sustainable development. Swavlamban comes from Swabhiman, i.e. a community with high self-esteem. And one can have high self-esteem only by virtue of Parmarth.

Meet the Founders

Mahesh Sharma


Shri Mahesh Sharma spent his formative years in the company of social reformers and leaders. This instilled in him the drive to work towards the betterment of communities. With an experience of over 20 years in the social reform field; he came to Jhabua in 1998 to study the tribal ecosystem there. Over the years, he has developed a deep understanding of the tribal ecosystem and now has networks in over 800 villages. He has played a critical role in bringing the tribal people together and was recently conferred with the ‘Padma Shri’ in recognition of his tremendous contribution

Harsh Chouhan


Graduated from SGSITS, B.Tech in Mechanical in 1985, completed in Masters from IIT Delhi. Since 1988, he has been active in the field of social work. Beginning with Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, he’s been part of Shivganga since its conceptual inception in 1998. Shri Harsh Chouhan has been recently appointed as Chairman of NCST - National Commission for Scheduled Caste by the President of India.

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Shivganga is registered under Madhya Pradesh Society Registration Adiniyam 1973
Registration number – 03/27/03/10295/07
IT Exemption U/S 80G,
F.No. CIT-I/Ind/Tech/80G/08/09-10, Dated 24/12/2009, Sl.No. 51/2009-10
Valid from 01/04/09, Extended from AY 2022-23 to AY 2023-24 with
Provisional Approval Number: AADAS4039HF20206.