28th February 2014, the day marked the silver jubilee of Saath. As you may have read in the previous blog post a huge celebration was planned for the day and here’s what happened on that day.
The day began at 3:00 PM at the Imperial President Hotel, selected for the celebration, with a press conference organised in which Mr. Rajendra Joshi, the founder shared his 25 years journey of working for upliftment of the urban poor with the media. The conference was a huge success as the news of Saath completing 25 years got covered by 12 newspapers and 3 news channels.
The main event planned for the day was the launching of the special coffee table book of Saath a tribute to the people who have helped during its journey. The guest for the event included the community people and several dignitaries, including Mr. Piyush Desai, Chairman and MD of Wagh Bakri Industries. After sharing of Saath’s journey by Mr. Rajendra Joshi and the Key note speech given by Mr. P.K. Ghosh, the chairman of Saath’s Board, the making of the book was shared with the guests. The book was officially launched by Mr. Piyush Desai, along with Saath and community members.
The community members shared their own experience with Saath over the years with full enthusiasm and expressed their opinion of working together with Saath in the future as well. The launching of the book was a huge success as well as and a lot of people went home with their own copies of the book (If you would like a copy of the book do write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org). The day was of double celebrations for Saath as on the same day Saath launched its first ever and one if it’s kind mobile application Saath Service Point App to connect construction workers and other informal sector service providers such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and domestic workers, directly to clients and thus helping in increasing their chances of getting regular work and proper payment and the service providers getting a proper network to contact these workers as there are no proper networks or channels to contact them in emergency situations.
The celebrations ended with dinner and the whole event was enjoyed by the guests and Saath members equally. The evening ended with Saath getting a lot of good wishes and to continue its work in the future and promises were made to have even bigger celebrations on its 50th Anniversary.
Saath would like to thank all the people who have supported it through the years in reaching this landmark and we hope that we will continuously get your support in the future as well.