The work being done by Saath is truly amazing. I had previously been a volunteer two years ago and have continued as a donor. I have just visited some of the new programs at Saath during a trip to India in November 2012 including the Women's Development Center, Yuva Mast, other livelihood programs, and affordable housing. Saath has a comprehensive approach to integrated development, and covers everything from healthcare to education to livelihood training and microfinance. By visiting the programs, you can see the integrated nature of the programs helping with slum development. Many of the staff have changed since my previous visit in 2010, yet the essence has remained the same. I feel very well respected and at home here with the Saath family. I am very proud to be involved with Saath now as a donor and plan to continue in the future.
I worked with SAATH for few days. SAATH has been doing a great job and a great deal of service to the slum dwelling people in and around Ahmedabad. I closely observed the way the staff of SAATH functions with zeal and with an aim to make lives of underpriviled better and help them live a dignified life.
The work speaks for itself, truly amazing. I feel blessed to be able to donate to this organisation and it is simple to understand and donate, Perfect!
Working with Saath as a Volunteer was a really memorable experience and helped me to gain knowledge in the Development Sector well. Infact, I am so impressed with the accolades of Saath and the gamut of activities undertaken on the ground level that I am planning to be a part of Saath as an employee leaving the Corporate rat race. I wish Saath all the best for coming endeavours.
I worked as a trainee in SAATH for 3 weeks a little more. During the period, I was really impressed by the concept of this NGO and how they work things out. My team leader is a very nice woman who taught me a lot of things. Her passion for her work, her care about us. As I stayed there for such a short time, I did little things for them. But i wish i could have another chance to stay there longer and do more things.
I had an opprotuity to know about SAATH's work in an experience sharing workshop held at EDI, Ahmedabad. The range of activities is good and it builds upon the model piloted in AP under the DFID funded program but the beauty of it is that it has been done on a voluntary basis with taking the community needs as its priority and then looking for external help.
Saath's work represents a crucial piece of the solution to India's slum problem. Poverty is a systemic problem that requires holistic solutions, and Saath has achieved considerable success in generating societal and economic wealth with its progressive approach to slum development. Speak to slum residents in the areas Saath has worked in, and you are invariably told what a great positive impact Saath has had on their lives. I worked first hand with Saath staff, and I found them to be professional, motivated, and capable in working with the community. The organization has strong second-line leadership in place that will lead the organization well in coming years. The founder, Rajendra Joshi is extremely humble and down-to-earth for a man of his accomplishments. Rajubhai's work with Saath is nothing short of path-breaking, and should be an excellent mentor to up and coming social entrepreneurs. His insight into the policy solutions for slum development should be seriously considered on a national level. Its market-based approach to slum development and the Urban Resource Centers represents the future of Bottom of the Pyramid thinking. Saath has done great work, but there is still so much to be done in terms of slum development, even within Saath's home city of Ahmedabad! Saath needs financial and human capital to build its capacity, and locally-grounded individuals across India to help replicate its model. If you have capital, talent, or resources you want to channel to improving the lives of the less fortunate, Saath is a proven and innovative model to invest in. I strongly urge you to find out more about the organization.
I first came in touch with Saath last year around this time while I was working on a project that was trying to capture the work of organzations which were using a mutli pronged approach to address the issue of urban poverty. Saath to this end was an obvious choice given the holistic nature of its intervention in commumities it engages with. Saath's approach is striking not only in its inclusiveness of the issues that it tries to address but more importantly the investment it has made in setting up robust community owned institutions which serve the foundation for the stupendous work that exists on the ground.
I volunteered at SAATH through the Asian Foundation for Philanthropy, a UK based charity in 2007. I was impressed by SAATH's innovative approach to help the urban poor. I was in awe of all the people at SAATH of their commitment and drive to better the lives of the urban from from Rajendra Joshi to the slum reisdents who work in partnership to implement the schemes.
Prior to my current role with Saath, my academic work involved an in-depth analysis and research of many Saath programs. The sheer commitment of the organization towards equitable development is of a very rare and high standard. It has a clear vision, credible strategies for goal achievement, and tremendous grassroots knowledge of urban living conditions, and workable social mechanisms. Much credit goes to the leadership of Rajendra Joshi, both for a style that is inspiring, and grounded in the real world of the urban working poor. The influence of this leadership is visible in the transformation of the social conditions where the members of Saath work. The achievements therefore are to credit the commitment of all Saath members, and benefit all that they serve selflessly.