SAATH

Rating: 4.53 stars   19 reviews

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Location: O/102, Nandanvan 5, Near Preranatirth Derasar Jodhpur Tekra, Ahmedabad -- 380015 India

Mission: To make human settlements equitable living environments, where all residents and vulnerable people have access to health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.
Geographic areas served: Gujarat and Rajasthan
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Child Education, Youth Employment, Micro Finance

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure more Professional approach of working.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Excellent

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Rating: 3 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their concept about how to reconstructe the slums and how they do it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are really excellent and kind people. They taught me a lot of things and how to do things in better ways.

Ways to make it better...

I can have more work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love this NGO :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the progressive, market-oriented approach to slum development. It has demonstrated that slum residents have dignity, and are not looking for government handouts. They can improve their material conditions, but need to be given the right opportunities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Genuine, down to earth, humble, and capable. Everyone treated me so well even though I was a foreigner. They are people who I will want to keep as friends and see every time I return to India.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create thousands of more jobs through its livelihood programs, increase access to microfinance. Connect slum residents with the world through the URCs. This organization has the potential to change India.

Ways to make it better...

better systems had been in place. the organization needs more trained professionals to invest their time to build capacity. Also, staff could have been more punctual, but that criticism applies to many other organizations.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Scaling up the work across India. Working with government can be difficult, and locally-based solutions do not always replicate themselves easily in other cities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Just go there and experience Saath and the slums for yourself. It is sobering (the sheer scale of the problem), yet inspiring because it shows us that progress has been made in battling this goliath of a problem. Saath needs your help, don't wait.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I entered SAATH as an intern as walked out as a changed person. Dedication shown by the head Mr. Joshi to everyone who worked in the organizaion was spectacular. Working in the non-profit sector needs a highly selfless attitude. On field, when interacting with people, it comes across very clearly that SAATH has touched their lives and changed it towards a positive direction. During my interaction with the Community Video Unit team, my interaction with them led me to having an experience of a lifetime. By being associated with SAATH, these women of the minority community, coming from the lower income group had become independent confident and positive. Touching lives of people across the state is a big feat achieved by SAATH.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the selfless attitude showed by people working on field and the passion to help make other peoples' lives better.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Touch many many more lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

SAATH is an amazing organization and works on the core fields that are very relevant and important for the Indian Society right now. I wish them Best Luck of the incredible work they do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well the ones i have meet are really passionate and happy with what they are doing, which is great.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Should invest a lot more on advertising the work they do and increase their level of operations. Also budget certain amount to take and send young people for International Internships.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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