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Charity Tuesdays: Sagar’s story

Here’s a story from a faithful well-wisher of the organization, Sagar Patel. He worked for Saath as a volunteer for two months in 2010. Since then he became a regular online-donor. Read about his experience and motives below.

Sagar (center) at an Umeed center.

My name is Sagar Patel. I was an Ambassador Corps fellow from the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at my university in Caliornia in the United States for 2 months in 2010. I am a regular donor to Saath and wanted to describe my experience with Saath.

Volunteering at Saath was a phenomenal experience. I worked for the Umeed youth employability program, helping with the evaluation of the English language portion from the curriculum. I spent a lot of time interviewing faculty members at the Umeed centers and visiting a few English classes as part of my research. I helped teach the English class as a guest lecturer a few times at the Khadia Umeed center. I was very impressed by this program which trained slum youth for employment in entry level jobs in the service sector. It addressed a great need of the modern economy of India, and proved that these youth could contribute to society when given the opportunity.

I had the opportunity to visit all the urban programs in Ahmedabad and some of the rural programs in Dholka during orientation. One of the aspects of Saath which is unique is how integrated all of the programs are in its approach to development. For example, a single family may use multiple programs like the urban resource center, balghar (preschool), microfinance, and Umeed (livelihood training). In addition, Saath had developed a couple of very unique programs including home manager and the urban resource center which had not previously been developed anywhere else.
I saw firsthand the vast impact that the various programs have had on people living in the urban slums as well as rural areas. For example, I saw slum areas which had been completely transformed by the slum networking project where residents had access to all basic resources like metered electricity, housing, sanitation, and paved roads.

From the perspective of a donor, I like Saath’s social business model. It is more efficient than many charities because many of the programs are self-sustainable and don’t require donations or government funding after a certain point. The money donated can be recycled and go much further than in an organization which relies entirely on donations and government aid for income. Service users have to pay a fee for most services at Saath. Instead of giving handouts of food, clothes, and other basic necessities, Saath empowers people to be able to earn or borrow money and access basic resources. I feel that this type of community based development will help to reduce the problems of inequality in Indian society.

I have regularly donated to Saath using the globalgiving.org website. I have received in-depth and regular updates about the impact of my donations in Umeed as well as Child Friendly Spaces from the Research and Documentation Cell at Saath. It is nice to see such thoughtful effort put into documentation. When I made my first donation, I received a sweet message from Keren Nazareth (executive director) saying that I could meet with the children that I was helping the next time I come to Ahmedabad. I would like to thank everyone at Saath for all the hard work they’re doing to improve society and encourage others to support the noble work of Saath!

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!

The India Tax Saving Challenge 2011

In this attempt to raise funds for this organisation, I wanted to do it for the people who have worked selflessly, tirelessly for the thousands of slum residents and vulnerable rural households. If today, Saath reaches over 100,000 households in Gujarat and Rajasthan and hopefully soon Pan-India more, it is because of people who believe in what they do! The money you donate will go towards supporting the programmes they work in – education, health, livelihoods and employability training, linking slum residents to basic services and information, eradicating child labour in urban and rural Ahmedabad, supporting tangaliya, patola artisans in rural Surendranagar and many more.

Our community supporters and Saath to improve the lives of their community members. They inspire people around them to be a part of their own tomorrows – to contribute to it, to take an interest in their own development and look for innovative solutions. Saath’s staff who work tirelessly, with an inner motivation and belief that they are changing lives.Implementing projects, mobilising communities, developing new programmes, supporting finances and administration in Saath and leveraging and linking the market to the Bottom of the Pyramid population.

And lastly, but not the least.. our volunteers, and interns. There have been 100s who have contributed their time, skills to aid in a better tomorrow for children, youth, women, men, differently abled persons, farmers, artisans and so many others.

Saath is an Accredited member of Credibility Alliance.

With this donation, if you are an Indian donor you will receive a tax benefit.

As a foreign donor, you can donate to Saath as it has FCRA registration – but you would not receive any tax benefit.

Click on the link below to start!!


Stepping up to a challenge. Join in.


We thought of trying something new to raise funds.

Through the India Giving Challenge, Give India will match the funds we raise! Below are details about how you can go about it. It would be absolutely great if you could pass this on to those in your networks. The Challenge ends 2nd October – so we have the Joy of Giving Week to raise funds.

Saath has decided to join the India Giving Challenge! And it’s a challenge we cannot win without you.

The amount we raise within this coming week we will get a matching Grant from GiveIndia. It’s a double bonus!!

Our target is:

Rs. 5,00,000   =   ₤7018.57 / € 8,371 / $ 10,948

Why should you donate now?

You will help raise double the amount you donate to Saath!

Your donation will support urban programmes that are working towards employability of youth, getting children out of labour, supplementing nutrition for under nourished children in slums, subsidising a child’s higher education, giving families an opportunity to experience an improved life!

What do you need to do? SIMPLE

  1. Click on http://www.giveindia.org/give/pledgepage/saath
  2. Register with Give India
  3. 9.1% of your donation will go to Give India, the remaining will come to Saath.
  4. Click the donate tab at the bottom and you can donate via netbanking, credit card or by sending in a cheque to the amount you pledge
  5. If you’re from India:  You will receive Income Tax benefits.
    1. If you’re from outside India, then you may not receive a tax rebate but you’re definitely making a huge difference to the life of vulnerable family and that too for as little 3$, €2,₤1.5

Its a click away! Pay it Forward.

Thank you for simply taking the time to read this. Your time is greatly appreciated.

It’s that time of the year to experience the Joy of Giving.