K Xavier Selvan
Greetings from Sahaara!
It’s always a joy to look back at a year gone by and review the impact of our vision and work among the vulnerable and marginalized in the cities of Mumbai and Chennai. At the outset I take this opportunity to thank all the Government Stakeholders, Donor Partners, NGO Partners, Volunteers, Board and Staff of Sahaara – without each of your key contributions we would not have been able to complete another year of our “Service of Love” to our beneficiaries.
You may be aware that to gift and fulfill dreams of vulnerable and marginalized children, women and prison inmates – our teams work in very extreme conditions and places. We run our seven programs in the Red-Light districts, Prisons, Government run children observation/shelter Homes and 2 self run Licensed Homes. I take this opportunity to salute our staff and volunteers who are in the field day in day out in all seasons to fulfill the vision of Sahaara.
During the last year as a part of our Child Education Interventions we provided 548 children with preschool, remedial and computer education services. We also reintegrated 51 CSW’s through the Women Empowerment Interventions in the red light districts through capacity building leading to sustainable livelihoods. Through the Prison interventions we freed 190 first time petty offenders by way of legal aid support. We currently as a part of our Children Home interventions provide holistic care to15 minor boys and 13 minor girls in our very owned and operated licensed homes.
Sahaara is currently on a journey to improve the quality and depth of its program interventions through long term strategic planning, creation of advanced performance management systems and a renewed commitment to fulfill dreams of its beneficiaries and stay connected with them till they become leaders in society.
K Xavier Selvan