History

1989

  • Saath registered as a Trust.
  • Integrated Slum Development Program (ISDP) conceptualized.
  • Saath Founders approached community to initiate youth activities.
  • Conducted Social Animators course for slum youth.

1990-92

  • Through Social Animators course youth conducted survey in the slum to identify the problems faced by the people.
  • Registration of a community based organisation (CBO) called Ekta Yuva Mandal and started a savings group.
  • Local community leadership established for program planning and management.
  • AMC’s subsidy scheme – 80:20 toilet construction implemented in Behrampura through revolving loans. 

1993-1994

  • 2296 households covered during the Ayodhya – Babri riots.
  • Rehabilitation and Resettlement work in Ahmedabad.
  • Women from the area were selected as health workers and teachers for the implementation of the program in the community.

1995

  • SNP Initiated by Saath, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Sharda Trust, First Pilot Project Implemented. 
  • Capacity building of local community associations. 
  • SNP pilot conducted in Sanjaynagar. CBO members got the opportunity to impart skills among the community and to establish linkages with referral hospital.

1996

  • Sakhi Mahila Mandal registered for savings and credit activities. Women from different castes and religion were the members of this group.

1997-2000

  • Completion of SNP in Gujarat and city wide expansion initiated. 
  • 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.
  • 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 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 were 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 Urban Resource Centers 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

2013-2014

  • 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.

2015-2016

  • Received India NGO Award.
  • Awarded with the Guide star platinum transparence award.
  • Awarded the HUDCO Award.
  • Business Gym, Women @ Work and Salon I Programs initiated.
  • On the 1st of April, the short circuit tax was set on fire at the accompanying Head Office.

2017-18

  • Certificate of Appreciation under HUDCO Award.
  • Leadership Award, 2018-19 from Gujarat CSR received. Inspire Award, 2018- 19 received.
  • SROI Analysis conducted of Saath Interventions.

2019

  • Saath initiated the set-up of Rweaves – A studio for Rural Art Weavers in Ahmedabad.
  • Mehnat Manzil (Museum of Work) inaugurated in collaboration with Conflictorium.
  • “SMART CITIES – BREAKING THE POVERTY BARRIER” – book launched by Mr. Rajendra Joshi.