History

1989

  • SAATH registered as a Trust
  • ISDP conceptualized the community of Behrampura approached to initiate activity with youth to guide them towards creating a more inclusive society and productive quality of life
  • Activities were initiated to provide youth a forum to come together, to communicate and to identify the problems existing in the settlement.
  • Conducted Social Animators course for slum youth

1990

  • Linkages between local TB hospital and AMC for identification and treatment of TB patents
  • AMC’s subsidy scheme – 80:20 toilet construction implemented in Behrampura through revolving loans
  • Local community leadership was established for program planning and management
  • First CBO – Ekta Yuvak Mandal (EYM) registered & savings group started

1991-1992

  • Expansion of ISDP in Pravinnagar-Guptanagar areas of Vasna with the help of EYM
  • Health& education activities initiated after community consultations, group meeting and surveys
  • Community Health Program started in which TB reduction activity, mother and child care and outpatient dispensary was carried out
  •  A pre-school, sewing classes & electrician course started

1993-1994

  • Women from the area were selected as health workers and teachers for the implementation of the program in the community.
  • 2296 households covered during Ayodhya – Babri riots – Rehabilitation and resettlement work in Ahmedabad
  • Rehabilitation & Resettlement work in affected areas
  • Food supply and medicine distribution

1995

  • Slum Networking Project (SNP) initiated by SAATH, AMC & Sharda Trust
  • SNP pilot conducted in Sanjaynagar. CBO members got the opportunity to impart skills among the community and to establish linkages with referral hospital.
  • Capacity building of local community associations.

1996

  • Sakhi Mahila Mandal registered which led to saving and credit activities. Women from different castes and religion were the members of this group.

1996-2000

  • Completion of SNP in Gujarat
  • Formalization of activities into various sectors and programs
  • ISDP as a replicable model was successfully implemented in the field
  • Setting up of the Research and Documentation Cell
  • Citywide expansion of SNP begins
  • Livelihood activities expanded to include vegetable sorting & job work for sewing

2001

  • CBO members actively involved in relief work during the earthquake in Kutch. Saath covered 2204 households of 17 villages of Khadir and Rapar during earthquake.
  • After rapid assessment, local groups were formed and were given training for relief work
  • Successful Slum Electrification pilot program

2002

  • Participated in relief and rehabilitation work during communal riots across the city
  • Worked with the riot affected slum pockets for overall development and conflict resolution of vulnerable groups.
  • In coordination with CBOs, participated in Gujarat Harmony Project for reconstruction of houses
  • Saath partnered with CBOs for undertaking research for the formulation of the Draft Gujarat State Urban Slum Policy & participatory poverty assessments
  • Facilitated the registration Sankalp Mitra Mandal- CBO in Sankalitnagar, Juhapura.

2003

  • Slum electrification was scaled up in Juhapura area covering 5000 households and subsequently across Ahmedabad.
  • Partnered with Handicap International for participatory assessment of disabled persons in various towns of Gujarat.
  • Saath’s governance, financial and management systems are in compliance with global norms laid down by ‘Credibility Alliance’ and Give Foundation. In a rating of 1342 NGOs by the Planning Commission of India, Saath stands 281st in India and 7th among 50 in Gujarat.
  • Towards institutionalization and better governance setting up of gender, personnel, monitoring and evaluation policies

2004

  • RCH- Jeevandaan (Mother & Child Care Program) was started in partnership with AMC and Counterpart International
  • AMC & SAATH collaborated for running of 191 Anganwadis. Which are managed & monitored by SMM in 25 Wards
  • Conceptualization of Urmila Home Manager program

2005-2006

  • Formulation and documentation of Saath’s Vision for the next ten years
  • Initiation of the Ek Mouka Udaan Project in Ahmedabad with AMC
  • In coordination with Sankalp – CBO, SAATH negotiated with AUDA to provide basic infrastructure & services in Sanklitnagar.
  • Urmila Home manager programmme implemented
  • The Snehal Project started to support artisans in Surendranagar – funded by CARE and in partnership with NIFT in 25 villages
  • Natural Resources Management with rural communities in Rajkot district

2007

  • Registration of Saath Livelihoods Services – Section 25 company
  • Ek Mouka Udaan, renamed Umeed with GUDM support and expanded to Gujarat to 8 districts through 55 centres
  • 4 URCs started in Ahmedabad

2008

  • SUVAS – Surendranagar Vankar Samiti registered as a Federation of over 2000 Patola, Tangaliya, and cotton weavers.
  • Umeed expanded to Rajasthan with the support of Rajasthan Mission of Livelihoods.
  • Partnered with IIM and AMC to develop Public private partnership Model for Managing Urban Health in Ahmedabad City
  • Child Rights for Change program was started in 120 villages of Dholka and Virmagam with the support of Save the Children, funded by IKEA

2009-2010

  • Launched Griha Pravesh, a program started to facilitate purchase of affordable houses
  • Rweaves brand created to promote, Patola and Tangaliya artisans work
  • Merger of Cooperatives into the Saath Savings and Credit Cooperative Ltd.

2011-2012

  • Rajendra Joshi retires from executive functions
  • Ms. Keren Nazareth appointed as an Executive Director and Mr. Niraj Jani as Associate Director of Saath
  • Nirman – Skill building program for construction workers launched

2012-2014

  • Launched the Youth Force Program covering Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot in Gujarat and Mumbai.
  • Launched the Housing Rights Program for Gujarat
  • URC launched in Rajkot with RMC
  • Housing Rights and Governance initiative in Gujarat