The new economic order has led to rapid growth in the urban sector. Based mainly on economic needs the rural population is forced to risk migration. Saath’s key focus has been in the areas of health, education, livelihood, infrastructure development and microfinance with the aim of making these basic services affordable and accessible to the urban poor.
UMEED/UDAAN: The programme aims to provide young adults from economically weak backgrounds an opportunity to assimilate in to the competitive job market. The programme has a presence in Gujarat and Rajasthan and till date over 50,000 youth have been trained through the programme and 75% of them have been placed.
Youth Force: Aims to build a platform for youth from urban slums of Gujarat and in the next coming years aims to facilitate over 25,000 youth for livelihood options. Currently working in 4 cities Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat of Gujarat and Mumbai Maharashtra with 1152 youth members.
Nirman: Program works with people unskilled or semi-skilled labourers in any construction based work in the informal sector and aims at improving their skills, working efficiency and proficiency. 4 trades are taught currently namely Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrician and Masonry.
Urmila Home Manager: Identifies unemployed and poor women and train them as ‘Home Manager’ and place them, thus helping them earn their own living. The program runs in Ahmedabad city and till date has trained more than 683 Home Managers and placed them with 250+ clients.
Microfinance Cooperative – Saath Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Ltd.: To facilitate savings and affordable credit for the slum residents and move towards institutionalization for increased reach and accessibility is the aim of this programme, A total of more than 20,000 members with cumulative savings of more than Rs. 6 Crore.
Community Participation: Community participation forms the essence of each of Saath’s developmental efforts. Empowering local people, to ensure that they are able to carry on the process of sustainable development, is the chief motto of Saath. Saath has helped initiate and facilitate many Community Based Organisations CBO’s.
Urban Resource Centers: They are one stop solution for the urban poor. The centers make people inhabiting slums aware of various beneficiary services available to them by government and provides knowledge and resources to them to deal with important documents and processes. The 4 centers reach out to more than 27,000 households.
Education / Health: Saath has networked with the local governance mechanisms for quality, accessible health services for the community. Saath has also facilitated awareness amongst the community people regarding availability of quality health services and how it can be accessed.
Community Health Programme (CHP): This includes the Integrated Child Development Scheme (Aanganwadis), Reproductive Child Health.
Pre-School Education – Balghars: Essentially Balghars are pre schools following the Montessori Method of teaching to make learning fun for 3 – 5 year olds in the slums. Currently there are 7 Balghars running.
Women Development Center: Set up in August 2012 a community based livelihood center named “Falah- E- Niswa” at Juhapura for vulnerable women with the aim of linking them to livelihood resources. A total of 151 women benefitted through this programme by training in courses of English Speaking, Computer Course and Beauty Parlour.
Physical Infrastructure: To improve/facilitate basic physical infrastructure and environment improvement in slums/poor settlements and facilitate access to affordable and legal housing Saath has facilitated the Slum Networking Project and Slum Electrification Programme.
Affordable Housing: ‘Griha Pravesh’ aims to empower potential buyers from urban low income areas so that they can purchase their own home. The program is tied up with micro-finance program to provide slum dwellers with affordable loan solutions and is operating in cities of Ahmedabad and Surat of Gujarat.
EWS Housing Sites: Aims to facilitate the rehabilitation and resettlement of people in the sites. Helps in formation of resident associations and has a participatory approach towards the beneficiaries. Currently Saath is working at 9 sites in different areas of Ahmedabad. 6,120 houses come under EWS project affecting around 30,600 individuals.
Child-Friendly Spaces: This is a programme aimed at identifying children working as domestic labour, improving their conditions and physical well being and ensuring them child friendly space, integration into mainstream education and imparting life skills and vocational training to children.
Housing Rights: The programme aims to build the capacity of slum communities to understand their housing rights and be able to organize themselves against unlawful and illegal evictions, resettlements or housing that are less adequate, as well as to secure their entitlements under the policies and programs that are being initiated in the state.
Rural Cooperative – Saath Mahila Bachat ane Dhiran Sahkari Mandali: It is micro-finance program for the rural women. Close to 2,500 women from 99 villages of the Dholka and Viramgam blocks of Ahmedabad are part of the initiative.
Sujal – Sanand Water Project: The aim of the project is to provide safe drinking water to the 193 Aanganwadi children of the Sanand District through installation of RO systems at these Aanganwadi’s. The project will also keep an eye on the health status of the children studying in this Aanganwadi’s and will conduct regular health checkups of the children as well as monitor the RO systems. In the phase 1 of the project to be completed by June 2014, RO Water systems will be installed in 30 Aanganwadis of the district.
Child Rights for Change: Programme worked for protecting issues of children defined by the Child Rights Act. It focused on creating awareness in the communities in issues of child rights violation and child labour. The programme had a network of 120 villages in Dholka and Viramgam and reached out to more than 84,000 child labourers.
RWeaves: Aim to provide rural artisans of Surendranagar district with opportunities at fair trading. Rweaves mainly works with two dying arts ‘Patola’ and ‘Tangalia’. Program provides small loans, helps artisans to develop new designs, new products and also organizes weaving workshops for the artisans. Program does 80% of marketing of the product of this artisans.
SAATH offers students and young development professionals from all over the world a chance to get a better understanding of development issues through Internships, throughout the year.
Research, Documentation and Communication Cell
SAATH has an in-house documentation and research cell that provides ongoing monitoring and evaluation of our programs as well as research support to NGOs, corporates and institutes with research interests in Below-Poverty Line groups.