Update: Shri KR Joshi is no more!
SMTA is a voluntary agency, which began in 1983, having drawn inspiration from SWRC. It was registered as a society in 1986. It is operating predominantly in the Mid Himalayan ranges of Chakrata, Kalsi tribal blocks of Jaunsar Bawar and Vikas Nagar of District Dehra Dun and remote areas of Mori, Purola, Naugaon and Dunda blocks of District Uttarakhand.
SMTA is presently working in seven blocks located in the districts of Dehra Dun and Uttarkashi. In the former, SMTA is working in Vikas Nagar, Chakrata and Kalsi blocks of District Dehra Dun and Mori, Purola, Dunda and Naugaon blocks of District Uttarkashi in the State of Uttarakhand. Of these, Chakrata and Kalsi are tribal population inhabited blocks.
It was founded by Ruben and Maggi (above) - from Manglore and Kerala respectively - and other dedicated citizens of this region: Late Shri Gulab Ramchandani, Mr Mohan Joshi, Shri Kripa Ram Joshi, Late Ms Devika Chauhan, Shri Tika Ram Sharma, Shri N D Joshi, Shri JPS Rana, Shri Rachit Gupta and many friends and well wishers, too numerous to name.
SMTA has implemented many programs; Education remained one of its most popular and successful initiative in remote mountains. Then, watershed interventions, solar lights, water filters, student summer course etc. followed over years.
Currently, the team consists of Shri Sultan Singh Rawat, Mr Kundanlal Sehgal, Ms Dhaneshi Rawat, Kedar Singh, Mr Sohan Singh and Dr Satyendra (sachin) Srivastava, as Director/ Secretary. We are hoping to expand this team and get many more programs off the ground in coming days.