Saath (Initiatives for Equity in Development)

location: AhmedabadGujarat

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Sponsor a fun event, learning activity or festival celebration at Saath Balghar for approx 30 children.
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
To provide a tool kit to a poor person to start a small businesss after completing skill development training at Saath
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
Train a person living in slums of Gujarat by sponsoring his vocational trainer’s salary
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
Reimburse part training fees for a poor student for a livelihood training course of one to three months
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
Provide school supplies to a child labourer/ child of construction workers at Saath’s Child Friendly Spaces
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
Corpus Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
General Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
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Mission: To make human settlements an equitable living environment, where all residents and vulnerable people have access to basic needs for development like health, education, essential infrastructure services and livelihood options, irrespective of their economic and social status.
Saath was founded in 1989 and started its activities in health, education, savings and credit, etc. Saath believes in capacity and institution building for sustainable development.
Niraj Jani is the Executive Director of Saath. He holds an M.Tech in Planning from Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad and B. Arch from SCET Surat. He has worked with Gujarat Maritime Board, All India Institute of Local Self Government and CEPT Research and Development Unit. Earlier he was the Associate Director of Saath overlooking the Education and Housing projects.
Full time staff :23
Part time staff:0
Contract staff :93
Volunteers: 0
Total Receipts for 2015-2016 is INR 31300409
Total Payments for 2015-2016 is INR 35587937
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
No. of children enrolled in Child Friendly Spaces: 587
No. of women trained as electricans, plumbers, petrol pump attendants: 148
No. of youth trained in beauty parlour and retail management: 1168
No. of workers trained as electricians, plumbers and masions: 499
No. of youth enrolled in Youth Groups for development: 6000
No. of households rehabilitated and resettled: 620
No. of girls provided micro entreprenuership training: 114
Rewards & Recognition
In 2016, NGO was awarded the GuideStar Transparency Award by the GuideStar India Accountability and Transparency
In 2015, NGO was awarded the India NGO Award 2014-15 by the Resource Alliance Exemplary work as role model among non-profit organisations by showcasing best practices - Medium Category
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)3,238,6572,861,6713,863,214
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia2,029,241114,147703,282
Other donations from Indian individuals1,457,10329,0351,370,641
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia118,6292,311,803180,250
Other donations from foreign individuals89,074770,276147,454
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)7,757,4157,856,4928,680,598
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)16,610,29024,357,72823,941,319
Sale of assets0425,0000
Total Receipts31,300,40938,828,26738,886,758
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)106,95065,059159,440
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries0379,5800
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits5,088,2106,494,89519,706,995
Staff training955,375488,1361,292,666
Staff travel1,788,1551,582,117371,052
Consultant's fees13,247,75911,361,830918,205
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)3,374,413407,047204,776
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)3,878,2841,089,52213,086
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme1,138,5302,821,9961,834,925
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)276,736319,954455,742
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Payments(revenue) Programme Related
Non-programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits972,246227,868209,953
Staff training21,7407,6900
Staff travel74,38945,2980
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)975,488197,969467,377
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)49,05585,47274,810
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )498,516252,469123,596
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)0058,791
Other non-programme expenses224,304393,829721,214
Total Payments35,587,93736,765,58942,958,626
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Payments(revenue) Non Programme Related
 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Trust [No.E-7257]
2 PAN Number:AAATS3192D
3 12-A [No.HQ:II/S-37/89-90]
4 80G [No.DIT (E) / 80G(5) / 973/2007-08]
5 FCRA [No.041910159]
6 35AC [No.Ref No.F.No.V-27011/68/2011-SO (NAT.COM)]
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 H Rustom & Co.
 1st Floor, Mistry Chambers, Near Cama Hotel, Khanpur Road, Ahmedabad
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 Staff Remuneration (INR)
Gross salary plus benefits paid to staff (in INR) p.m. Male Female Total
 less than 5,00062026
 5,000 – 10,000263864
 10,000 – 25,000191130
 25,000 – 50,000448
 50,000 – 1,00,000101
 Greater than 1,00,000000
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0000
 5,000 – 10,0000
 10,000 – 25,0001
 25,000 – 50,0002
 50,000 – 1,00,0000
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 749988
2 Lowest Paid: INR 103200
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 749988
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel56807
2 Domestic travel0
3 Local conveyance0
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other0
  Total 56807
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Rajendra Joshi
 Male, Trustee , INR 516,978.00,
2 Sudhin Choksey
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
3 Gagan Sethi
 Male, Trustee , INR 192,360.00,
4 Gazala Paul
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
5 Prabhat K Ghosh
 Male, Chairperson, INR 0.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Rajendra Joshi Rajendra Joshi has initiated and developed the Integrated Slum Development Program. He has received the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2009, NagriktaPuraskar in 2004, has been a finalist for Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2007; Listed amongst 50 Pioneers of Change by India Today in July 2008; is an Ashoka Fellow, September 2008; and was awarded the KarmaveerPuraskar, by iCONGO, as a Real Wealth Creator for the communities on the 26th November, 2008.
2 Sudhin Choksey Managing director of GRUH, Mr. Sudhin Cholksey is a fellow member of the ICAI. He was appointed as the CEO of the GRUH in 1998 and the Managing Director in 2000. He has working experience of handling functional areas of finance, commercial and general management both in India and abroad. He is a director on the board of Deepak Nitrite Ltd., Gujarat Ambuja Exports Ltd. and Hunnar Shala Foundation for Building Technologies and Innovations.
3 Gagan Sethi Mr Gagan Sethi is a Development educator and practicing Organizational Development expert and a Gender trainer. As founder of Janvikas, he has helped set up several strategic organizations in the country.. His professional expertise lies in Human and institutional development training and designing.
4 Gazala Paul Gazala Paul founded Samerth, an Ahmedabad based NGO to promote participatory development among marginalised and vulnerable communities. Her area of expertise has been on raising the awareness of educators about war and peace issues and conflict resolution strategies and to promote conflict resolution education in zones of conflict, educating for tolerance and reconciliation, and overcoming entrenched attitudes of prejudice and hatred, with required intensive efforts at a people-to-people level
5 Prabhat K Ghosh Mr.P K Ghosh is the current Chairperson of the Board. He is a retired IAS officer and has also been Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat and Ex-Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).
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Board Resolution
SubjectsBoard Meeting/Annual General Body Meeting DateNo. of members presentStrength of the board at the time of this meeting
Budget for the year 2016-201719/09/201645
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201719/09/201645
Annual Report for the year 2015-201619/09/201645
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201619/09/201645
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Rajendra Joshi China
To attend World Economics Forum Conference
 INR 56807.00 1 100% Geneva Global
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 Livelihood Lifeline
Mayuri Raval, 19 a resident of Bapunagar comes from a family of seven. Mayuri is a third year student at PD Pandya Commerce College and has to travel a distance of almost 10 Km daily to reach her college. Her father works at a textile finishing workshop while her elder brother is an estate agent (realtor). The monthly family income of Rs 20000 is enough to meet the demands of the family but it leaves no room for future savings or asset creation. Mayuri would return home from college at 12:00 and thus always had an ample amount of time left for other activities or for a part time job. She felt that instead of wasting her time she could utilize it and get a job and earn some extra money. Her elder sister who had witnessed one of the SAATH road shows suggested her to visit the UMEED Saraspur center. Mayuri visited the center and the trainers at the center gave her details about the courses offered, the timings, the charges of the program and other relevant details. Mayuri always had a keen interest in the nursing field however due to her mediocre performance at school level she was not able to pursue further education in the nursing field. She immediately enrolled her name for the nursing course at the center. The course timings of 1:30 to 5:30 were perfect for her as it meant that she did not have to miss out on her studies and also had ample amount of time left after the completion of the day’s lectures. She says:The UMEED course acted as a turning point for me. It was an opportunity which I felt I had to grab. The first thing I learned at the center was that the main goal of a nurse should be to provide help to others, without thinking of any kind of personal gains. Along with training in the nursing department I received training in spoken English, basic computers and personality development. To develop our social skills the trainers at the center conducted a number of activities on Saturdays which also gave me a chance to bond with my batch mates. On the completion of the course I got a job at Ashirwad hospital which is extremely near to my house and thus I do not have to waste my time on conveyance. I am able to balance my time between studies and the job and still have some time left for recreation. I hope to become a part of the Government nursing management programme in the near future.
 Lots of Dreams
Sanya Mohammad Siddique, age 12 years. Her father, worked at a mill. He used to earn enough to satisfy the needs of her family. Unfortunately he was later diagnosed with asthma and his health deteriorated. So he left his job and now drives a rented rickshaw but only up to short distances from his home. Her mother, a cardiac patient, could not support her family too. The flow of income was highly irregular which forced Sanya to leave schooling and join work. She works as a maid and earns Rs. 50 a day. Ruksana Shaikh, our Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) teacher went for field visit in the Vejalpur community. That is when she came across Sanya and helped her to join CFS (Vejalpur). It was because of Ruksana and our Saath officials, that her fees got exempted. Sanya worked in the morning and attends lecture in the afternoon. She is very dedicated towards studies and never misses any lectures. The CFS has helped Sanya to grow as an individual. Talking about the class, she says: When I joined the class I entered into a different world where everything was new for me as I had never attended a class of any kind. In the class she was very eager to learn and showed a lot of enthusiasm for learning new things. Now, her Gujarati is really good, she reads and writes with full speed and her handwriting is beautiful. She further says: I really want to study further and join a school, my dream is to become a Doctor.
 Better support his family
Nayan Dineshbhai Chavda, 25, lives with his family. There are 5 members in his family. His mother and bhabhi are working as domestic workers. After Grade 12 he had to leave his studies to support his family. After leaving studies, he couldn’t find any work and was looking for something. His neighbour, who was working as plumber, suggested him to join him. After that, Nayan stated working as a helper for his neighbour. He was facing a lot of problems as he was not trained in this profession. He faced problems while working with water tanks or pumps. He worked as a helper for 2 years and was earning Rs. 3000 per month. A Nirman programme member met Nayan and gave him information about plumbing course. As, Nayan was facing problems in understanding fundamentals of plumbing work, he took decision to join the Nirman plumbing course. He wanted to be more efficient and increase his earnings. He used to work in the mornings and came to classes regularly in evenings. He learnt how to fit Geezer and learnt the different plumbing techniques included in the course. He learned life skills like, how to present yourself in front of other people, how to introduce yourself, how to talk with others, etc. After the training due to his skill up-gradation he is now earning Rs. 8,000/- to Rs.10,000/- per month. Nayan says Nowadays, I am getting work from the Shopkeeper. I am also getting work from the Naka (place where all the daily wagers gather in the morning). I am working as a professional plumber and my earning have increased. Now, I am able to get work daily. I get call for 25 days per month form the contractor. I am happy that I got opportunity to learn all techniques practically. I have also opened my bank account after taking information on Financial Security. I am thankful to Saath Nirman Programme. I want to become a contractor to earn more and make my family happy. I just wish that I always get work in future.
 Make a day special for migrant children
Mantassa Ayubhai Sheikh, called Alfeena with love at home, is 10 years old, is a resident of Ronakpark, Juhapura. She was left at the hospital by her real mother right after her birth and was then adopted by Kausar Shaikh. Her step father, Ayub Shaikh is a driver. Our Balghar teachers regularly met with parents in the area and when they met parents of Alfeena they expressed their concern regarding her behaviour. They told our Balghar tutors that Alfeena was stubborn and wasnot able to express herself properly. It was through the constant joint efforts of our Balghar tutors and her parents that helped her develop both mentally and physically. Balghar helped her change from a coy girl to a jovial child. Alfeena has a sharp mind and the practical learning at the Balghar has helped a lot in her development. She is currently in the third grade and is doing considerably well. I am very grateful to Balghar for making my daughter what she is today.
 Create employment opportunities
Amit Sejvani is 19 years old and he is living with his parents and 2 siblings. His father has a small business from which their family monthly income is Rs. 4,000. Amit came to know about Skills to Succeed – Digital Learning programme through one of the road show conducted by our team. He joined Retail Management course at Nadiad Centre. Along with the retail training he was also provided additional sessions in Computer Basics, Spoken English and Life Skills. After completion of the course he got a job at Surya Prakash Textile at Revdi bazaar Ahmedabad at salary of Rs 5,000/- per month. He is very satisfied with his job and at present along with the job he is running his own business from past 1 month in Nadiad.

You can communicate with Saath (Initiatives for Equity in Development) at
Keren Nazreth
O-102, Nandanvan - V, Nr. Prernatirth Derasar, Jodhpur-
Ahmedabad - 380015,India

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Phone : 91 79 26929827
Fax : 91 79 26929821
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