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Visit to SAATH’s Save the Children project

This blog post was written by SAATH intern, Luciana Hoshanna, after a visit to Laliya, one of the villages where SAATH and Save the Children are partnering to curb child labour and set up Anganwadi pre-schools. 

When arriving in the village, Laliya, we find a group of women waiting patiently for us next to the local Anganwadi (informal pre-school). These women have come to participate in the health campaign.

According to the government Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), children from 0 – 6 years of age, teenage girls, pregnant and lactating women have access to some health education, nutrition and vaccination. SAATH has been providing these services in partnership with Save the Children. The local population, however, sometimes doesn’t understand the importance of taking proper care of their health, and refuse to take the vaccines, they give the children’s nutrition supplements to the cows and don’t take care of themselves during pregnancy.

This campaign, through talks, discussion, games and movie screenings show the women the importance of these services and encourage them to take full advantage of them. Along with some biscuits and tea, the women learn more about their health and the importance of staying healthy for their children.

Congrats, Rajubhai!

On November 6, 2009, SAATH Founder and Managing Trustee, Rajendra Joshi, was named the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year [2009]. Along with Brij Kothari of PlanetRead in Mumbai and Padmanabha and Rama Rao of RIVER in Andhra Pradesh, Rajubhai was honored at the India Economic Summit in New Delhi on November 8.

Rajubhai receiving SEY Award

Rajendra Joshi receives the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2009.

The trustees, staff and communities of SAATH want to extend their heartfelt thanks to our supporters who have made this honor possible. We’re here because of you.

From the Press Release: 

Rajendra Joshi, Saath (http://www.saath.org), Ahmedabad

Today, more than 60 million people live in slums across India, lacking access to healthcare, education, employment and housing. In 1989, Rajendra Joshi developed Saath, which uses public-private partnerships to improve the lives of over 40,000 people per year. In 2009, Saath’s employment programmes with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation placed 8,000 slum residents in jobs at firms like Tata Indicom and Kotak Mahindra. Its Slum Networking Program has improved the physical infrastructure of 6,000 households while its four Urban Resource Centers in Ahmedabad have given 22,000 slum households access to microfinance accounts, insurance packages, preventive and natal healthcare, and pre-school education.

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