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Announcing Two New Intiatives at Saath

Since its inception, SAATH has worked in the fields of Health, Education, Micro Finance, Training, Livelihoods, Policy Advocacy as per the needs of the community and has innovated its programmes and started new initiatives for the benefit of the people. Recently Saath started two new initiatives – Sujal water project for providing safe drinking water to Sanand Aanganwadi’s children and Housing Rights project for creating awareness amongst slum dwellers regarding their housing rights. Given below is the brief overview of both of these projects. Do let us know what you think about them.

Sujal – Safe Drinking Water for Everyone

According to Ahmedabad district annual report 2010-11, under the ICDS programme there are total 1,600 Aanganwadi’s functioning in Ahmedabad district out of which Sanand Taluka has 193 Aanganwadi’s (Village: 70, Population: 1,93,335). There are basic facilities like toilets and drinking water at each Aanganwadi but the quality of water is a major concern. Due to high PH level, poor quality of water and lack of RO systems children who come to the Aanganwadi’s suffer from water borne diseases like diarrhea, cholera and jaundice etc and many suffer from flourosis and kidney stone problems.

Through the Sujal project Saath will implement and monitor RO water system in 193 Aanganwadi’s of Sanand Taluka. For the phase 1 of the project we aim to implement RO systems in a total of 30 Aanganwadi’s. More than 1,000 children of 3-5 year age group of about 18 villages will get access to clean and pure drinking water during this first phase. The RO systems have been installed in 6 Aanganwadi’s by now and the rest ones will be covered by June,2014. The project will also keep an eye on the health status of the children studying in these Aanganwadi’s and will conduct regular health checkups of the children along with monitoring of the RO systems. The project is also an initial point for us to get to know the Sanand area so that later on we can reach out to a larger public base.


Children with their teacher at Aanganwadi in Pilupura village of Sanand where the RO system has been installed.

Housing Rights for the Urban Poor

The Constitution of India under Part III Fundamental Rights under Articles 19 and 21 ensures every citizen right to reside at the place of his choice and right to life. India through its elaborated five year plans and formation of national housing policies strive to achieve the goal of Slum Free India through various national housing policies. JnNURM is one such ambitious scheme launched nation wide in year 2005 implemented by Ministry of Urban Development and Urban employment and poverty alleviation.

Major cities in Gujarat are set to have the highest number of new housing units built by the government in the coming years. This effectively means that many more communities will be evicted, and moved into EWS housing schemes – there is no safeguard against violations and denials of their rights of due process. Also, there is no assurance of adherence to standards and principles for in situ redevelopment and rehabilitation.


One of the EWS sites in Ahmedabad where Saath is working

To tackle the situation Saath proposes 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. In longer term, the program aims to contribute to strengthening the national level work and platforms on housing rights. In the coming years Saath will work in 3 cities of Gujarat – Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot and train 60 community leaders, 10 community organisations and reach out to over 2,30,000 slum dwellers and work with them.

Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year to all our supporters! A lot is happening at Saath and we are eager to share this with you through our newsletter.

You can find our newsletter by clicking here: Newsletter December 2011.

Wishing you all the best for the year 2012,

The Saath Family

Newsletter May 2011

We are happy to share our latest newsletter. The last six months at Saath have been quite exhilarating.

We have been working on new programs and scaling up our established ones. Our staff has been working tirelessly to create inclusive societies.  New interns and volunteers have come in and have added great value to the SAATH family.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our donors who have contributed through Global Giving, Give India or our portal. We would also like to thank all our partners in constantly supporting our work.

Thank you!

To read our newsletter click on the following link: Saath Newsletter_05_2011_final


Dear All,

We are very happy to share our Saath Newsletter with all of you! We hope you’ll enjoy reading it.


Launching Rweaves!

Saath has been working with Patola, Tangaliya and cotton weaving artisans from Surendranagar since 2006 through the Snehal project supported by CARE India. The project ended in 2009 and through it, a Federation was set up of the artisans. Today the artisans have better linkages to raw materials and can purchase them at an affordable rate from the Raw material banks set up through the Self Help Groups. However, marketing is still a problem for these artisans. Most of them have to individually seek out retailers and wholesalers who will sell their product, or if they are lucky individual buyers seek them out.

What is R-weaves?

After 4 years of working with artisans along with NIFT in improving their access to affordable credit and developing contemporary designs for more marketable products, Saath has recognised a need to link artisans to markets and also to increase their profits by developing a marketing and retail outlet in Ahmedabad for sale of Tangaliya, Patola and Cotton products.


Patola is a weave, the raw material used for patolas is traditionally silk. In comparison this Patola is from Patan in Gujarat. However the Patola that we refer to here is the one from Surendranagar district. It is a single ikat (Ikat is the Indonesian word that means knot). Weaving these products is an intensive process that include the entire family from dyeing of the silk threads, marking the design and then the weaving. A saree takes approximately 10-12 days to complete from the very first process of spinning the silk onto a spindle.

The products in Patola have been diversified from traditional sarees to stoles, scarves, cushion covers. Similarly more contemporary designs have been introduced along with the traditional patola weave.


A product of the Dangasiya community in Surendranagar District, the name originates from the cloth worn traditionally by the Bharwad community’s men (herdsmen), until very recently where it was adapted to the design of the weave, which is unique and labour intensive. Every dot in the design is made by the artisan wrapping yarn around a number of threads, which brings out the design on both sides.

Earlier only wool was used in making products especially shawls, and dhaablas (blankets), this has been expanded to using cotton and making products such as kurti materials, dupattas, cushion covers, napkins, coatis etc.

Best out of Waste

India has always been a land of making the most out of a resource and in a similar effort families in Surendranagar use old sarees to fashion foot mats, rugs, runners, and asans (long mats for seating diners traditionally). This innovation helps use old synthetic sarees and also supports entire families through the income earned.

Hand woven Cotton

In the land of Gandhi, where large machines today manufacture miles of yarn, there are still a few families that weave cotton on wooden looms preparing a blend of soft designs of this cool fabric. The material is sold by the metre, but one can also find sheets and curtains of these.

The Exhibition-Sale will be held:

Date: 6th—8th Aug 2010 (Friday-Sunday)

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 6: 00 p.m.

Venue: “Shree Ramdev Villa”, 1 – A, Aagman Row Houses, Nr. Satatya Heights, Prernatirth Derasar Road Jodhpur Gam,

Ahmedabad – 380 015