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About Arka

Arka is a leading national developmental organisation with an extensive global network. Through our pro-poor programmes, we have impacted on extreme poverty and social injustice in India by working with poor women and girls from the most disadvantaged communities. We place a special emphasis on working with poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of Arka's community-based efforts to improve basic education, boost maternal and child health, prevent the spread of HIV & Tuberculosis (TB) and expand economic opportunity. Arka also delivers emergency aid to survivors of natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Our Vision

We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
Arka International will be a global force and a partner of choice within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We will be known everywhere for our unshakable commitment to the dignity of people.
In India we seek a society which celebrates diversity, where rights are secured, citizenship realised, and human potential fulfilled for all.

Our Mission

A shared understanding of the organisation’s mission is also critical to lead everyone’s work towards a common purpose. Our mission statement is:
We fight poverty and exclusion by empowering women and girls from the poor and marginalised communities.


Five million women and girls from the most marginalised communities in India have the power to realise choices in personal and public spheres to advance their positions.
Arka India will accomplish this goal by working with 50 million people to help them meet their health, education and rural development entitlements.


Respect – we affirm the dignity, potential and contribution of participants, donors, partners and staff.
Integrity – We are honest and accountable for what we do and say.
Commitment – We work together to serve the larger community.
Excellence – we strive towards the highest level of learning and performance.

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