Saath Charitable Trust (Saath) seeks to turn slums into vibrant neighbourhoods by catering to multiple needs of the poor by providing them with one-stop centres, through which slum residents have access to basic services such as health, education, employment and microfinance.
Their programs include:
Education & Health: (i) Balghars - Saath runs ‘Balghars’ that provide basic education, health and nutrition support to uneducated and underprivileged children (3-6 years age group). They also assist children for enrollments in Government schools for formal education. (ii) Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) – CFS Centers are learning centers for child labourers and kids of construction workers, mostly being migrants. CFS provides children with quality informal activity-based learning, nutritious meals, and a safe and secure shelter while their parents are working. (iii) Project Sujal – The project aims to mitigate water related problems by providing safe drinking water to preschoolers by installing water purifiers in village schools. So far, 51 RO machines have been installed in over 40 schools.
Livelihood: (i) RWeaves - These are high quality hand-woven products, made by rural artisans. Saath aims to sustain traditional arts of Patola and Tangaliya weaving, supply artisans with honorable and sustainable livelihoods, and establish an exclusive, high-quality brand of handwoven products. (ii) Udaan – This is a continuation of Umeed, Saath’s flagship program, which has trained 32,000+ youth and placed 25,000+. Udaan provides vocational training to underprivileged and uneducated youth residing in urban slums. Currently, 14 Centers are operating across 6 cities. (iii) Others – Men and women from slums are trained in electrical work, carpentry, plumbing, masonry, etc. Project Urmila trains maids on home management in cooking, cleaning, geriatric, etc. The Livelihood Resource Centre assists youth in becoming more employable.
Microfinance: Project Griha Pravesh facilitates in the process of availing affordable homes to those who would be unable to buy houses from the formal market. Saath provides a range of services like counselling, for margin money management, and assistance in formalities associated with availing loans.
Resettlement & Restoration: Saath helps in rehabilitating and resettling slum dwellers. They operate Urban Resource Centers which provide information to underprivileged communities members on basic rights and public benefit schemes.
Income Rs3 cr
Expense Rs4 cr
Source : Audit Report 2016
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