Nihal Bhatt is an engineering student currently studying at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. He did his internship with Saath last month. Given below is his experience of working with Saath.
My working with Saath was compelling and exhilarating beyond doubt. The short tenure of 24 days from 15th May till 7th June at Saath inculcated new spirit and approach of thinking in me. Our college, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University provided a platform to improve our social and interpersonal skills through an internship and Saath changed it into reality. The experience to explore the slum dwelling areas and the underprivileged people was quite engaging and worth a consideration.
On the first day of internship, all the interns were given a synopsis of all the programs at Saath. The field visits to slum dwelling areas motivated me to do something for a social cause. The initiatives by Saath act as a flame to ignite spirit to aid the needful.
I was allocated the department of Research, Documentation and Communication Cell (RDC) and Saath Livelihood Services (SLS). Both of the departments helped in improving my designing talent, innovative thinking and analyzing skills. I was given a task to design the Annual Report and the Saath Brochures. It was rather a slow and uphill task to think out of the box keeping in mind the constraints. I got assistance from the RDC team and fellow interns during the job, which made it simpler. It took lots of effort to prepare the designs, but at the end the results were pleasurable.
Nihal with the CFS Juhapura centre children
The most valuable experience I got at Saath was to visit the CFS (Child Friendly Spaces) center and Nirman Center. CFS is a program spearheaded by Saath to help the small poor kids. They are provided with quality education at the CFS centers. Nirman is a program to skill the unemployed poor men. They are skilled as electrician, plumber and masons. It was good to see a 10th grade passed man to repair a table fan and a 7th grade failed man to fix the hot water geyser.
I was contented with my work as I was indirectly dropping my sweat for the needful. It was worthwhile experience to work with the team of Saath. I even made new friends from various colleges who came in as interns. The short tenure of work helped me in improving my intellectual skills. I am thankful to Saath to make me aware of the outer world that faces difficulties each day. The days I spent at Saath will be etched in my mind forever. The experience was truly valuable and I appreciate all the endeavors spearheaded by Saath. I would like to express gratitude to all the officials of Saath for their hospitability. It was a precious experience to work with the whole team.
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MEGHDHANUSH! What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear this word? Obviously, the thing that comes to each of our mind is a rainbow. Meghdhanush is the name of the new campaign initiated by SAATH with an aim at raising awareness among people on the issue of Child Labour. I am sure that the question that would now be concerning you is why is the name of the campaign Meghdhanush and how is it connected to the issue of Child Labour? Meghdhanush is a campaign which will have a series of seven workshops for the kids in the course of the year with each event connected to a colour of the rainbow and thus, the name Meghdhanush. The objective of the campaign is to add colour to a child’s life.
This campaign is associated with our programme called Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) which works towards providing informal education to the child labourers and children belonging to vulnerable households. We want more and more people to get encouraged from this initiative and help us in adding colour to the lives of our little children.
The campaign was launched on 12th June, 2014. You all must be wondering as to why we chose this particular date for the launch? It’s simple. 12th June is a World Day against Child Labour and so, we thought that this was the best day to launch our campaign. Our hospitality partner for the launch of the campaign was Courtyard Marriott. Our guests of honour for the launch were Mr. HP Singh, Director General of Police, Mr. Gaurav Singh, General Manager of Courtyard Marriott and Mr. Rajendra Joshi, the founder of SAATH. The event was started with a small act to tell people to not discourage the kids as we never know what the kids would be doing 20 years down the line. We then, welcomed our guests of honour with a token and then invited Mr. HP Singh, Mr. Gaurav Singh, Mr. Rajendra Joshi, Ms. Keren Nazareth, Ms. Chinmayi Ben, one of our CFS center teacher and one of our CFS center child to light the lamp.
Children performing at Meghdhnush Launching
Post the lighting of the lamp, our guests of honour shared their views on the issue of child labour and on this initiative taken by SAATH. We then had our little kids perform a welcome dance on Vande Mataram. We also had two of our kids sing a Lokgeet for us. The audience were informed about the seven workshops that we would be conducting for our little kids in the course of the year. The guests were informed about the seven CFS centres that SAATH is currently running. A positive case story of one of our little kid who studies in our Vejalpur CFS centre was shared and he interacted with the guests about his experience at CFS class. Gopal Bhai, the coordinator of our CFS programme and all the teachers of our CFS centres shared their experience with SAATH and about the difficulties that they face in getting children to join the CFS centres.
At the end the guests were requested to lend their valuable support to help us fight the issue of child labour. All the children present at the event were given gifts from Women of Voyage Circle. The launching ended on a very good note and we look forward to more positive response and support for the next events to help as many children as possible.
Parth Kapadia is an engineering student currently studying at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. He recently finished his summer internship with Saath. Given below is his experience of working with Saath.
My working with Saath was truly a mesmerising experience. I worked with Saath from 15th May till 7th June. I was always keen on working for a social cause and a course from our college, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University gave me an opportunity to do the same. Our main aim was to get sensitised to the issues of slum dwellers, which by working as an intern at Saath really made it possible. In a short period of 24 days I was exposed to the distressing condition of the slum dwelling people.
I started my internship at Saath with an orientation to all the programmes and initiatives taken up by Saath and was thoroughly convinced with the programmes which demonstrated high level of transparency and accountability.
I was assigned a job under the Research, Documentation and Communication Cell (RDC). Because of this I was able to interact with the community people and was really touched with the dire condition through which people have to find their way through. I made various case studies and talked to people of every age, from kids to elder citizens. It was a quite challenging task to prise things out of them and at the same time making sure that their sentiments and values are not hurt. Many people just happened to burst into tears while talking about their problems.
Parth with the CFS centre children
Alongside getting an insight of the people’s life I really learned values that we should be really thankful to God for what we have and never complain about it because there are many others who actually are craving for a life like what we have presently. I developed my interpersonal skills and got first hand experience of a professional environment which was quite overwhelming. I made new friends here and travelled across various places at Ahmedabad mainly the slums.
At particular I am most awestruck with the working of CFS which I felt is the most amazing programme taken up by Saath as it is rendering children with basic facilities of elementary education. The slum dwelling kids are so enthusiastic about it and they readily drop into CFS centers for learning new things everyday!
I would like to thank all the officials at Saath for heartily welcoming me and for such cordial behavior all throughout my days at Saath. It was really great working with all of the members at Saath.