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
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.
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.