Brief History

1989:

SAATH registered as a Public charitable Trust.

1990:

SAATH began to establish and enable community based organizations.

1992:

Community Health Programme began with the outpatient dispensary and TB programme. Over the years, SAATH has expanded health programmes to include the Reproductive Child Health (RCH) programmes, HIV AIDS Awareness Building Programme, and Jeewandan Maternal and Child Health Programme.

The Education Programme started and now includes the integrated child development scheme, bal ghars(pre-school programmes), activity centres and other educational programmes.

1994:

SAATH established its first community based organization- The Ekta Yuvak Mandal, which marks the beginning of its microfinance programme. Over the years, SAATH has expanded its micro finance programmes through various other CBOs, including the Sakhi Bachat Mandal and the Sankalp Mitra Mandal.

The vocational training programme- Udaan started with a goal to cultivate career aspirations and livelihood skills of young people living in slum areas.

1995:

SAATH participated in the Slum Networking Project to enhance the Physical infrastructure of slum communities, including household water connections, drainage connections, street lighting, solid waste management and paving of internal roads.

2000:

SAATH set up its Research and Documentation cell.

2001:

Gujarat Earthquake- Ekta Yuvak Mandal members initially participated in relief work and rapid assessments in Kutch and later helped facilitate the community based organizations in affected areas.

SAATH'S initial relief and rehabilitation activities were scaled up with 2204 household in 17 villages in Khadir and in Rapar town.

SAATH began Urmila, a home manager service that links women from slum communities to domestic career opportunities.

2002:

Roost: SAATH partenered with Sankalp Mitra Mandal (SMM) and Ekta Yuvak Mandal for Care's Gujarat Harmony project for reconstruction of Houses; rehabilitation and reconciliation through psycho-social care, counselling, interface and common programmes.

Ekta Yuvak Mandal and SMM applied the principle of 'do not harm' in riot affected areas to promote conflict resolution.

2003:

SMM partnered with Handicap International for participatory assessment of disabled persons in various towns of Gujarat. SMM trains CBOs (Community Based Organizations) and NGOs in PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal) techniques.

A women's group from Rapar (SAATH’S urban earthquake rehabilitation project) registered as a CBO.

2004:

Slum Electrification Project was initiated. The Ahmedabad Electrical Company partnered with NGOs for city wide electrification.

2007:

SAATH inaugurated its 1st Urban Resource Centre in Vasna as a means to facilitate change between communities and service providers from both public and private sectors. SAATH currently has 4 UHCS. Other cites: Juhapura, Berempura, Shampur.

Udaan expanded into the more comprehensive vocational training programme of Umeed in Rajasthan.

2008:

SAATH initiated the Jamnagar Slum Development Project, which is a partnership with M P Shah Charitable Trust and the Asian Foundation of Philanthropy.

SAATH launched the Child Labour Project.

SAATH began the Construction Worker Project.

Umeed expanded to Rajasthan with the support of Rajasthan Mission of Livelihoods (RMoL).

Umeed Disability Programme was started.

2009-2010:

SAATH launched Urban Resource Centre (URC) membership, with membership fee Rs. 120 per family, per year.

SAATH launched YUVA MAST- a self-finance initiative and proved to be a sustainable innovation with many youths joining it.

In 2009, SAATH launched a new programme: SAATH Child-friendly Spaces for Child Labourers. It’s a unique 4 hour non-formal education course.

Child Rights Programme was started in 2009 with a view to ensure child rights in 120 villages of Viramgam and Dholka of Ahmedabad city.

2010-2011:

Project ‘U’ launched in Limda and Ishwarpura Village in collaboration with Apollo Tyres Foundation for youth employability training.

Umeed Disability being supported by AIF and Wadhwani Foundation

Employability training  to semi and unskilled plumbers, carpenters, electricians and masons, supported by Bosch India Foundation

Saath received approval for 35 AC funding for several programmes meaning the funding given to us is 100% tax-deductible. This is up to Rs. 12.77 crores, including 3 crores corpus fund.

Keren Nazareth appointed Executive Director and Niraj JaniAssistant Director of Saath.