It has already been mentioned elsewhere that in its work Sarvodaya Sewa Ashram is guided by the philosophy of let all (the people) be happy and healthy. While doing so, it has high ideals set for itself by the illustrious leaders, Acharya Vinoba Bhave and Jai Prakash Narain. Over the years, vision and mission of SSA have evolved and become defined.
Establishment of a society in which every individual regardless of caste, creed and religion can live a life of self reliance free from poverty and fear. Always keeping in mind its vision, SSA does not discriminate among the people just because of their caste, creed and religion, which it feels are just because of accident of birth. The only criteria of its work is that the person must be from the disadvantaged group. Thus, it primarily works with tribals like Kols and Baigas and Scheduled Castes, a name given by the Government to scores of untouchables. SSA regards women across the entire population as disadvantaged. Therefore, women are high on its agenda.
Providing opportunity and alternatives for upliftment of disadvantaged and marginalised groups including women and children through improved health, information and food security to enable them to enter the mainstream of development. Over the years, SSA is making sincere efforts to provide food security and health services to the people. Their tenure has, however, changed from time to time, keeping in view the realities of the times. Thus, while in yesteryears it was spinning wheel to enable the women earn their livelihood, now-a-days the emphasis is on sustainable agriculture. Likewise, earlier it was traditional medicine system, now it is modern medicine system. And information is the key to the advancement of the people. Better informed citizenry always has an edge over uninformed people.