Saath is a non-government organization, registered as a Public Charitable Trust (E-
7257) with the Charity Commissioner, Ahmedabad in February 1989. In Gujarati, the word Saath means `Together, Co-operation, a Collective or Support’. The vision behind Saath was to facilitate participatory and sustainable development processes that would make human settlements equitable living environments, especially for the vulnerable groups.

Saath conceptualised the Integrated Development Programme for the slums of Ahmedabad in 1989 to facilitate participatory processes that would improve the quality of life for the slum residents and make slum areas in Ahmedabad more equitable living environment. Until December, 2000 Saath's fieldwork was primarily in the regularised slum areas of Ahmedabad. Its area and scope of work expanded to the rural communities (12 villages and 5 hamlets) of Khadir region in Kutch in response to the earthquake on 26th January 2001. Saath extended its short term relief interventions to integrated development in the long term with the objective of improving the quality of lives of people in the region. After the communal riots in Gujarat, especially Ahmedabad, in February, 2002, Saath took up relief work in the riot affected areas of Ahmedabad which eventually led to long term development initiatives in these areas, integrated with efforts to encourage social reconciliation.

To work towards its vision of equitable and sustainable human settlements, Saath works towards building partnerships with the local government, private sector, other NGOs and professionals. Recently, Saath has taken up some new projects namely, the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) Project in Behrampura ward, the Reproductive Child Health (RCH) Project at Vasna and Paldi ward and the HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme in all the areas of Ahmedabad that Saath is working with, in collaboration with Gujarat Aids Prevention (GAP). Jeevandan Child Survival Programme has also been initiated in collaboration with Counterpart International.

The flexible approach of our funding partners, support and partnerships with various NGOs, individuals and institutions have also played a vital role in Saath’s development.

Saath has evolved as an organisation over the last 15 years. Its model of Integrated Development has received recognition as one of the most comprehensive, integrated and practical approach to development. Today, we are placed in a crucial position, where we have moved from being a small to a medium sized credible non-governmental organization (NGO). This has brought along with it the need for more formal structures which promote equity, growth and scope for expansion in an organized way- that is moving towards institutionalization process such that the working environment does not remain people centric but organizational strategy centric.

With the expanding scope of work, the Saath team has grown too. The team now consists of 252 persons. 70 percent of the team members are women, reflecting the critical role of women in development.






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