Social Need Education and Human Awareness (SNEHA) incepted in 1984 and its work covers villages in coastal districts of Nagapattinam and Karaikal in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. SNEHA’s work gained momentum in the last several years due to the changes in the macroeconomic policy in the fishing sector. SNEHA is facilitating the processes of empowerment through training, information dissemination, enabling participation in decision-making, creating awareness through literacy and involving in participatory researches to transcend the micro level issue to the macro level policy
SNEHA has reached fisherfolks and other coastal-dependent communities (including Dalits) who are dependent on coastal resources for their livelihood and fisheries allied activities. The main focus of SNEHA is been, Women and Children. SNEHA has also facilitated the formation of Community-Based Organisations such as Women Sangams, Self Help Groups, Taluk, and District Level Federations were promoted for the empowerment of women.