Vidyanikethan is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1988 to improve the lives and livelihoods of people from the vulnerable, marginalized and under-developed sections of the society. Based in Bangalore, (India) Vidyanikethan's special focus is on development of children and women from the low income group families. It works in four key areas - health, education, natural resources management and socio-economic development. Its primary working areas are the urban, peri-urban, and about 270 villages in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Its interventions have impacted more than 12000 families. It has initiated about 600 Self-Help Groups in almost 10 divisional areas in two major states in South India - Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.