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The work of ASSEFA was started for the development of the Bhoodan families. Sarvodaya is the guiding philosophy of ASSEFA as expounded by Gandhi ji with the welfare of all. All persons are equal in the social order. Sharing the produce of their labour, the strong protecting the weak and functioning as their trustees. ASSEFA is the second phase of Bhoodan, Gramdan movement. The gramdan movement was one of the greatest social political movements running under the leadership of Acharya Vinoba Bhave in 1952.

In 1968-69 Tamilnadu sarvodaya Mandal established an organization named ASSEFA with the collaboration of Tamilnadu Bhoodan Board and Movimento Suiluppo E Pace (M.S.P.) to uplift the social, economic aspects of Bhoodan Gramdan families for throughout development.

It was in 1969 that first Sarva Seva Farm was established at Sevalur (Ramnad District) in Tamilnadu State as an experiment for the benefit of 35 Bhoodan alloties owing and managing 70 ac. farm. The efforts of Mr. S.Loganathan brought success and generated enthusiasm among the people and the team of workers.

During the Bhoodan movement the surplus lands were received and allotted to the landless peasants. In general, it was observed that Bhoodan beneficiaries could not benefit from the land due to various unavoidable reasons such as un-reclaimed, un-irrigated and un -productive land without resources, unskilled managing ability - lack of confidence and unity among the beneficiaries.

By 1976 there were 16 ASSEFA Projects in 5 Districts of Tamilnadu covering about 800 acres of land and 364 Bhoodan families. After it the work of ASSEFA was spread and made popular in the six states of Bihar, Maharastra, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu etc.

It was at this stage, ASSEFA was formally found as a registered body with its head quarter at Madurai (Tamilnadu) till 1976. Now the head quarter is at Chennai (Tamilnadu).

Now ASSEFA is an international non - profitable voluntary organization as well as a member of International Council of Voluntary Agency (ICVA ) & IRED. Network. ASSEFA was awarded ANGOC award Philippines for Rural Development in 1986 by Asian Ngocoatition for Agrarian reform and rural development Makati Metro Manila. ASSEFA gives vast importance to the people’s involvement & participation in all development activities.


To promote Gram Swaraj or self-reliant rural communities imbued with love, truth and justice.


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