Last month in August two volunteers from Global Giving UK, Dan and Hannah visited Saath. They visited Saath on 12th August 2013 and stayed with us till 16th August. As per our earlier conversation, their main focus was Saath’s Education Programme “Child Friendly Spaces (CFS)” and help us in understanding and using the Global Giving portal more effectively to raise funds for our programmes on the portal.
While in the beginning they were more focused on the CFS programme, but after getting to know about our different programmes, they showed interest in visiting our other education programme called Balghar. They visited one of our 7 Balghars in the Juhapura area and interacted with the children and our coordinator, Ms. Sanjidaben who is working with our organisation from last 11 years. They asked questions with an aim to get a thorough idea about Balghars and get field level workers’ focus and what encourages them to work for the community people.
After that Dan and Hannah focused on the working of the CFS programme thoroughly. They took information Saath’s HR Policies, Account Policies, etc. They met the programme coordinator Mr. Niraj Jani. Dan and Hannah visited our construction site classes like Devnandan Suprememe – Vastral, Swaminarayan Park –Naroda and Umang Lambha classes and also 2 of our slum based classes situated at Khodiyarnagar area. They interacted with children by asking their experience at classes and also asked questions to the centre coordinators to know about their experience with Saath, how long they are working, what encourages them for working with these children, what is their main focus while teaching, what strategies are used while teaching to different age group of children, how many children are enrolled in formal education, how drop out children are contacted again etc.
The last day was for discussing the fundraising techniques, important guidelines for promoting project, which are the things which we can change to improve our project, the organization detailed working strategies and implementation techniques are discussed. Here’s their experience with Saath in their own words:
Dan Sheridan: “The CFS program is doing a great job at the construction sites and the hosting by Saath was amazing. The teachers and the coordinator were extremely informative and the community very welcoming.”
Hannah Sainsbury: “We had a really good time. It’s been very interesting and we hope that we’ve been useful. The staff has been really helpful and very friendly and we really enjoyed the field visits seeing CFS in action.”
The visit has been really helpful to Saath and we are positive that now we will be able to effectively promote our programmes through Global Giving. Many thanks to Dan and Hannah and to Global Giving for sending them.
If you want to see our Global Giving profile do click on the Global GIving link given on the top right side of the page beneath the calender.