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The Joy of Giving Week – 2nd to 8th Oct

Next month is ‘The Joy of Giving‘ week which will be celebrated for the 5th time jgw.jpgacross India. Started in 2009, the idea for celebrating it didn’t came from a single person or organisation. Between Nov – 2008 and Feb – 2009, several individuals, NGO leaders and others got together and decided to launch an “India Giving Week”, that would be an open platform encouraging everyone in India to give back. Specific events were organised for the week and “Joy of Giving Week” brand identity was created in March 2009.

So, what’s the week? Well, it’s a festival for giving. The week begins on the birthday of the Father of our Nation and during the week various individuals, schools. colleges, social groups, NGOs, Companies organise various events to raise funds for donation. In 2012, events were organised in 70+ cities across India, so do check the website joyofgivingweek.org, there may be an event in your city that you can participate in or volunteer as there is always need for more volunteers. Do participate in the week and bring joy in someone’s life.

Now, for the people in Ahmedabad, “FoodforChange – 2013” is the event that is going to be held in the city on Oct – 6. Saath is a partner for this event and your participation will help Saath in providing education and nutrition to child labourers, offer skills to disenfranchised youth and women and in various other social development programmes. Details for the event are in the poster below and for any more information do write us at vama@saath.org.

Food for Change 7

Don’t miss out on this week and celebrate the festival of giving and bring a smile in someone’s life.

SAATH Visitors

On Wednesday, December 23, SAATH hosted philanthropists Reema and Amitabh Chandra who have supported SAATH programs through American India Foundation, at our Umeed Youth Employability training facility in Old Wadaj, Ahmedabad. 

Managing Trustee Rajendra Joshi and Umeed Director Bhuneshwar Chaudhary discuss SAATH's Umeed employability program with Reema Chandra.

The morning began with an overview of Umeed, which trains and places youth from low-income groups in fast-growing sectors like hospitality, nursing and business process outsourcing. In just two short years, SAATH has trained and placed over 19,000 and provides Umeed graduates with post-placement support through our Livelihood Resource Centre.

After the students conducted the morning prayer and Umeed pledge, Mrs. Chandra met with SAATH service users from slum communities across Ahmedabad to learn more about the ways SAATH’s market-based services link together to address the myriad needs of India’s poor.  Post-visit, the Chandra’s invited our senior staff to lunch in honor of Managining Trustee Rajendra Joshi who was recently named a 2009 Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year for India.

AIF Site Visit to SAATH

Philanthropists Reema and Amitabh Chandra visit SAATH programs and host a lunch in honor of SAATH Managing Trustee Rajendra Joshi, 2009 Schwab Social Entrepreur of the Year.

SAATH would like to thank the Chandra’s and American India Foundation for their support of inclusive development in India. 

If you are  interested in visiting SAATH programs to learn more about market-based strategies for poverty alleviation in India, please come to our Open House on January 9, 2010 at 11 AM in Vasna.