K Xavier Selvan
Greetings from Sahaara!
LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD!
Dear Friends of Sahaara!
As we reflect back at 2020, we are filled with positive memories of triumph of the human spirit, grateful hearts, and sheer tearful joy. The last year indeed in many ways also ushered in season of new beginnings and new learning for us at Sahaara.
We were forced to respond speedily in the month of March to meet the mammoth life-threatening crisis, which impacted our beneficiaries and our city. The onset of the deadly pandemic and subsequent lockdowns resulted in sudden job losses for the vulnerable daily wage earners and migrant workers.
For the first time in our 26 years journey in the development service we donned the mantle of a relief and rehabilitation agency and launched the SAHAARA EMERGENCY FAMILY RELIEF PROGRAM to address issues of food security, trauma, anxiety, lack of COVID awareness, short supply of protection gear, medicine, materials and bespoke relief needs of many kinds.
As of date we have provided food security to over 22250 people across PAN India, trauma counseled 5042 needy individuals and carried out awareness interventions for 11655 beneficiaries in Mumbai. We also provided PPE kits, Sanitizers, Gloves, Masks and Medicines to Local Municipalities, Government Homes, Prisons, Police Stations, Schools, the physically challenged, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.
We adapted immediately in all our remedial education centers’ by quickly switching to an online mode of learning. We had to be constantly flexible and innovating with our approach. We provided mobile recharges to needy children, created phygital hybrid methods of teaching deliveries to sustain learning activity and set up IT infrastructure in Government Child Care institutions to spur online learning in our effort to bridge the digital divide.
Now as we look forward to 2021, we are filled with radiant hope and a greater resolve to accomplish our vision of “fulfilling dreams of the vulnerable and marginalized in society.” In the emerging post pandemic world we have identified the following new focus areas to be relevant to the times and deepen our program impact:
- Creation of Alternate Livelihoods through Skill building
- Focused Reintegration to build stronger Children and Families
- Community Development with a focus on Health and Sustainability
These new focused areas will require us as an organization to forge new partnerships and work programmatically in a collaborative and integrated way to further increase our impact.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all our Beneficiaries, Donor partners, Government stakeholders, NGO partners, Board and Staff of Sahaara Charitable Society for your support to the vision of Sahaara and above all to God who enables us to accomplish our labor of love year on year.
K Xavier Selvan
Sahaara Charitable Society