Sahachari Foundation, which has set the standard in charity and upliftment of the underprivileged, recently celebrated 10 years of service.
Established in 2009 by a group of women, the trust has aimed at creating an inclusive society and has grown from a small start-up, partnering with several NGOs in the areas of education, women empowerment, healthcare, economic upliftment and others.
Among the notable work undertaken by the Sahachari Foundation are donation of 1,000 water wheels in the Karjat area that has spared many marginalised families the trouble of water collection and improved health and hygiene, The Economic Times reports.
The trust has also supported mid-day meals in government schools through the Annamrita Foundation. This has helped in addressing the problems of malnutrition and illiteracy.
The Sahachari Foundation has also supported the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind to provide education and training across various skillsets to visually challenged boys so that they become self-sufficient. The Sahachari Foundation has helped to construct the school’s dining hall.
The foundation gets financial support from both private individuals and corporations who participate in special events organised by the foundation.
Some of the charities supported by the Sahachari Foundation are Aangan, which helps more than 20,000 girls from economically depressed backgrounds by providing them vocational training and livelihood opportunities; Aashray, which gives homes to senior citizens so that they can live their lives with dignity; Nanhi Kali, to educate girls from underprivileged communities; SOS Children Villages, which gives orphans a family environment and provides them education, medical facilities and vocational training; Sakha Cabs, which trains women drivers and caters exclusively to women passengers to ensure women’s safety; Vandana Foundation, which provides micro-finance for women; and others.
Therefore, though the word ‘Sahachari’ can be translated as ‘women walking together’, it has been said that it is much more than that. It is a glowing example of the many miles in social service that women can go when they walk together.