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When we visited India our friend asked us if we wanted to visit Saath. We already heard about the good work and projects of Saath so off course we wanted to visit the office.

First we went to a school (non-formal education) in a slum area in Vasna. This school is a place where child-labourers get a chance to get prepared for regular education. Our friend, who’s a researcher at Saath’s RDC, had the idea to make origami flowers….an Indian Lotus and a Dutch Tulip flower! After some practice we were ready to learn the kids how to make it! When we arrived all the kids sat nicely together listening to what the teacher was telling. When we showed them the origami paper everybody got excited. Demian turned out to be the best Tulip origami person. All the boys gathered around him. All the girls went to Simea and Jennecke to make lotusflowers. All the kids did a great job, some already knew how to fold flowers! The boys knew how to make airplanes…so many airplanes flew through the classroom 🙂

It was great fun, and we laughed a lot! At the end everybody received a nice sticker. We left some more so when somebody has a good result he or she receives a sticker! Saath really created the opportunity for these kids to go to school and it was fantastic to be a little part of that!

We continued our journey to the URC office of Saath in Vasna where we met the coordinator and three field-officers.They explained us about the projects and showed us drawings of a new project for affordable housing.

It was a great experience an we truly believe that Saath really makes a difference for a lot of people!

Thanks a lot for your hospitality!

Warm regards,

Demian and Jennecke

IIM students at Saath

A group of 26 young, enthusiastic students from IIM (Indian Institute of Management), Ahmedabad visited the Urmilla programme last Saturday. The students had prodigious time learning about the Home Manager Programme which identifies the poor unemployed women, trains them as home mangers and finally places them so that they can earn their living.

The students were primarily oriented about the whole program by Belaben Joshi who heads the Urmilla Program. The students also learnt everything about our partner organisation, ‘Empower Pragati’, and the work done by them. There they also had an interactive session with the home managers. They were very pleased to know our policy and the way we deal with this program.

They also interacted with the Relationship Manager who is a mediator between the client and the home mangers and takes care of the home mangers’ rights as well as clients’ satisfaction.

They also visited our clients’ homes and had a Q & A session with the client as well as the home manager who works there. This helped them understand the program better and they got an idea about how successful this program is in terms of client satisfaction, home manger satisfaction and in terms of profit as well.

Later they were further de-briefed by the Executive Director of Saath, Keren Nazareth about the program. Overall, we both had an enlightening experience.

We wholeheartedly thank the IIM students for visiting us and spending their valuable time with us.

If you would like to make a similar visit to our organisation or if you have other ideas to support one of our programmes, you are most welcome! To do so, please contact the RDC unit at rdc@saath.org or give us a call (079 26929827)

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‘Mahindra United World School’s ‘ & ‘Journeys for Change’s’ visits to SAATH

This week a group of around 10 social entrepreneurs from different parts of the world visited us at SAATH Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Ltd. and URC (Urban resource Centre) at Vasna. The visitors are all a part of ‘Journeys for Change’ (http://www.journeysforchange.org ) an organization that organizes journeys for leaders and companies in inspiring  journeys.
They had an enlightening interactive session with SAATH employees at SAATH Cooperative centre and later they visited the URC centre at Vasna. They were given an orientation about what SAATH is all about, its’ brief history and also about the various programmes run by SAATH.
Towards the end of the program they had an interactive session with Mr. Rajendra Joshi, founder and Managing Trustee of SAATH, where he shared with them his personal experience about the adventurous journey of SAATH and also talked about spirituality in work. They left our organisation with a great sense of gratification and contentment in their hearts!
Also on 16th of November, a group of 12 students along with 2 teachers from the Mahindra United World School, Pune (http://www.uwcmahindracollege.org ) visited us at Yuva Mast Centre (Youth Employability Programme), Usmanpura and SAATh Cooperative, Vasna.
The main aim of the students was to get an exposure to various issues prevalent in the urban sector and deepen their understanding of environment and urban sustainable development issues in India. We helped them achieve this by sharing with them our experiences at SAATH.
They also interacted with the children at Yuva Mast. The children at Yuva Mast gladly pieced up their experience with the students and teachers. The students were glad to get such an enthusiastic response and had a life time experience at SAATH.

We are very thankful to ‘Journeys for Change’ and ‘Mahindra United World School ‘for visiting us and interacting with us.

If you would like to make a similar visit to our organisation or if you have other ideas to support one of our programmes, you are most welcome! To do so, please contact the RDC unit at rdc@saath.org or give us a call (079 26929827)

Tulip Telecom celebrates Joy of Giving!

To celebrate the Joy of Giving week, Tulip Telecom Ltd. decided to do something for a good cause. They approached Saath to help them realize their ideas. During one week employees of Tulip Telecom collected items like toys, clothes, packaged dry food and stationery for Saath’s Child Friendly Spaces for child-labourers (CFS). The collection was a succes and resulted in a station car stuffed with useful items! In total 250 children will be supplied with packaged dry food, slates, penboxes and books.

Last Tuesday a group of Tulip Telecom visited the CFS in Behrampura to distribute some of the collected goods to the children. The rest will be distributed among the remaining 7 CFS centres in the Ahmedabad Area.

On behalf of the children of the CFS we’d like to give a big thank you to the people from Tulip Telecom Ahmedabad!

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If you would like to organize a similar event or if you have other ideas to support one of our programmes, please contact the RDC unit at rdc@saath.orgor give us a call (079 26929827)
Financial donations are also welcome ofcourse! Visit our pledgepage at GiveIndia. Until the 20th of October, we will receive a matching grant for your donation!

Support my School Telethon

NDTV organizes a special event for the Support my School Campaign. On Sunday September 18 there will be a Telethon with Sachin Tendulkar, from 9 am to 9 pm on all NDTV channels. Last Friday NDTV was shooting for this event at Moti Kishol Primary School and Asalgam Primary School in Viramgam. And Saath’s RDC team was there too! The NDTV team interviewed students and teachers of both schools that participated in the SMS campaign.

NDTV in action: Interviewing a student at Moti Kishol Primary School

Support My School is a campaign initiated by NDTV and Coca Cola India and is supported by Charities Aid Foundation India (CAF). The campaign supports schools to improve the infrastructure at their sites. The main components are:
• improve water facilities
• improve sanitation facilities
• provide rain water harvesting
• improve facilities for sports
• facilitate landscaping

Saath’s role concerned the identification of schools and implementation of the programme. To ensure its sustainability, a follow up will be conducted after 6 months of implementation. In April this year Saath started the implementation of the Support My School campaign in 4 urban schools and 5 rural schools in Ahmedabad district.

Playground at Asalgam Primary School facilitated by the SMS campaign

On September 18 there will be a NDTV team stand by for live coverage at Goblej Primary School in Ahmedabad. You’re invited to come to the event or tune in on NDTV.

For more info visit the Support my School page at the NDTV website.

Supportive regards,
Chetasi & Simea – The RDC team