SMTA is a voluntary agency, which drew inspiration from SWRC, and is working in Chakrata region since 1983, on broad fronts of social development: watershed, Community based organizations, human resource development, water and sanitation, environment, non-conventional energy, education, gender and culture. 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.

TEAM : Currently, we have a small multi faceted team: Chain Singh, an experienced teacher with talent for extra-curricular activities and overall development of the child. Sultan Singh, a community mobilizer with four decades of hands on experience of many programs. Kundan Sehgal is expert on program monitoring and financial management. Kuhelika Chakraborty has done her masters in Agricultural Sciences and has just joined at Vikasnagar coordination office.

We also have volunteers in the field, playing their crucial roles: Sita Ram is the campus assistant at Jakhadhar and also helps with the mid day meal for children. Himanshu Rawat is the assistant teacher at our Primary school at Jakhadhar. Sohan Singh and Darmiyan Singh are helping us implement watershed program in Sarigad region.

Dr Satyendra, a medical doctor with considerable experience in rural development and counseling, is heading this team (linkedin).

Ruben and Margaret, our founders, are currently based in Bangaluru: more about them, below.

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Maggi and Ruben, Founders and Friends

Our History
SMTA was founded by Ruben and Maggi (left) - from Manglore and Kerala respectively - a couple inspired by personal faith and dedicated to human development; other committed citizens of this region joined them: Late Shri Gulab Ramchandani, Mr Mohan Joshi, Late 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. 
It will hardly be an overstatement that Maggi and Ruben gave their lives, to build up SMTA to its current stature. They nutured it through numerous ups and downs and cultivated a large group of young Jaunsaris, who continue to work for the upiftment of this region, whether within SMTA or without. Due to health resons, they stepped down in 2016 and settled in Banglore, with their youngest son, Nishant. They continue to take interest in our work and keep in regular touch. This region and SMTA, will always be grateful to them.


  1. धन्यवाद सर, इस संस्थान को यहाँ खोलने के लिए, मैं आपको व्यक्तिगत रूप से तो नहीं जनता हूं लेकिन मैं आपकी इस संस्था के टूंगरोली स्कूल से 5 वीं कक्षा तक पड़ा हूं । आज मैं जो भी हूं उसमें समता स्कूल का भी बड़ा योगदान है. Thank you Sir