Richard Melson

May 2006

Sankat Mochan Foundation

Sankat Mochan Foundation:

The Sankat Mochan Foundation is a non-profit, non-political, secular, non-governmental organization. Founded in 1982 at Varanasi, it has been struggling to alleviate the environmental degradation of the River Ganga.

The Foundation's efforts to restore the Ganga to its pristine purity and glory by preventing discharge of pollutants into it has found support from all corners of the world.

The Swatcha Ganga (Clean Ganga) Campaign launched by the Foundation has brought to fore not only the extent of damage caused to the river but also to the environs around it.

In the last seventeen years the SMF has proved its credibility as an effective Non Government Organisation capable of generating necessary influence to solve the problem of Ganga Pollution at the local level. Its studies have also revealed that Ganga Action Plan launched by the Government of India in 1986 have failed in its objectives to purify the waters of Ganga. The Swatcha Ganga Laboratory setup by the SMF is generating a scientific database on water quality.

Our Mission


Objectives of the Sankat Mochan Foundation

To restore and preserve the Ganga by alleviating its fast deteriorating environmental condition.

To promote education and health care programs for the less privileged members of the society

To maintain and encourage the age- old cultural traditions of the ancient city of Varanasi.

To propagate the literature of Swami Tulsidas Ji.

How You Can Help

Promote use of non-polluting technologies in our day-to-day life.

Mobilize people to bear upon the State and Central Governments, as well as municipal bodies to install proper drainage facilities and sewage treatment plants.

Minimize pollution by limiting consumption.

Please contact at following addresses to find out more about how you can help.





Postal address:

Tulsi Ghat, Varanasi - 221 005, INDIA

Electronic mail

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