About Us



Who we are

Friends of Shelter Associates (FSA) is a Non-Profit organization comprising of student groups, faculty, and community members from Connecticut and Rhode Island that raises funds for Shelter Associates, an Non-Governmental Organization based in Western India. Since it’s inception in 2005, FSA has funded toilets and sanitation projects benefiting over 475 families living in Western India slums. 

FSA fulfils its twin goals of education and fundraising by forming partnerships with different segments of the community that are sensitive to issues of global and urban poverty. Our core volunteers come from the local and educational communities who want to make a difference in the community they come from.. 


Our Mission

Raise awareness about global poverty   

FSA strives to educate and create awareness that the lack of access to proper sanitation for children and families is a fundamental human rights violation. Through its work, FSA focuses on addressing three core components of human rights:

  • Disease prevention: Construction of sanitation systems prevents the spread of infectious diseases
  • Sexual Assault: Women and children are at risk of sexual assault while using open fields, open sewage systems and garbage dumps
  • Human Dignity : Privacy during toileting is essential to human dignity

Raise funds for Shelter Associates

FSA assists in raising funds for Shelter Associates for the construction of  toilets in the slums of Pune, Miraj, and Sangli in Western India. Shelter Associates is an internationally recognized Non-Governmental Organization  (NGO) comprising of architects, planners and social workers. It’s aim is to link the poor and agencies that fund or provide the resources for housing and basic infrastructure.

Shelter Associates works closely with Baandhani (Building Together), a federation of slum dwellers to further its mission to:

  • Promote community participation in housing and infrastructure projects for the urban poor
  • Support community-led housing and improvement projects
  • Form savings and credit groups for poor women
  • Socio-economic research and documentation 

Shelter Associates was founded by Pratima Joshi , an architect  based in Pune. Pratima Joshi was elected as an Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.

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