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When was SARD established?
Is SARD a registered organization?
Is SARD exempted from Income Tax Act?
Is SARD eligible to receive foreign grants?
What is the Vision and Mission of SARD?
What are the major thrust areas of SARD?
Which community or group is SARD mainly working with?
Is SARD working with the youth and women?
How does SARD reach the people at grass root level and ensure their participation?
How does SARD ensure the sustainability of its programme?
Who have been the major partners of SARD so far?
Is SARD working with the corporate sector?
How did SARD’s education model become so innovative and child friendly?
Does SARD have any publication(s)?
Does SARD have any volunteers programme?
 
When was SARD established? TOP
SARD was established in 1996. The current Chief Executive Officer and a group of like-minded individuals decided to combine their talents and considerable years of experience within the NGO sector to set up an organization that would differ from others by focusing on previously ignored communities (particularly rural communities) and promoting their development through participatory, holistic and integrated programs.
Is SARD a registered organization? TOP
Yes. SARD is a registered voluntary organization as a Society since 1996.
Is SARD exempted from Income Tax Act? TOP
Yes. SARD has a tax exemption under section 80-G and 12-A.
Is SARD eligible to receive foreign grants? TOP
 
Yes. SARD is authorized to receive foreign grants and has been permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) ACT 1976 (FCRA). Most of our funding is sponsored by foreign agencies.
What is the Vision and Mission of SARD? TOP
 

SARD is a non-profit organization which envisions “a society that provides equal opportunity to all its members by ensuring that they have equal access to the services and goods necessary for realizing their full human potential.”

SARD’s mission is “to empower the deprived section of society, especially women, through the promotion of education, health care, skill development and sustainable economic activities.”

What are the major thrust areas? TOP
 
SARD’s major thrust areas are education, health & livelihood. This also includes working with Corporate Sector to realize their Social Responsibilities through programmes which invariably include the thrust areas.
In the field of education, SARD has developed its own educational approach by opening Quality Education Centres first to enrol drop outs and non starters and later mainstreaming them into formal schools. SARD also works with the mainstream system directly by placing SARD teachers in the government schools or providing academic support to DPEP by placing ‘Facilitators’ at the Cluster Resource Centres.
In the field of health SARD is working on HIV/AIDS prevention covering schools in South-west Delhi and with corporate houses. Another field of intervention is the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis. SARD lays added focus on Reproductive Health and Reproductive Child Health. We organize workshops, health melas and other activities to educate people on health issues.
Livelihood programmes of SARD involve a variety of strategies in order to improve the income situation of rural people, e.g. formation of Self Help Groups and initiating suitable income generating activities like poultry, goat rearing, kitchen gardening etc. We conduct skill enhancement courses on dress designing and tailoring as well as on other handicrafts. For the male youth SARD organizes trainings as motor mechanics and plumbers in collaboration with local companies.
SARD has taken up the theme of Corporate Social Responsibility quite recently. Currently SARD has four corporate partners and we are reaching out for further collaborations and partnerships
Which community or group is SARD mainly working with? TOP
 
SARD has always pursued the idea of improving the situation of deprived sections of Indian society. In order to achieve this aim, our organization is mainly working in remote areas, for example in Bharatpur District of Rajasthan. There SARD is working in the mining areas in order to improve the health and livelihood options for the mineworkers and their families. Furthermore we are promoting education programmes for marginalized community for example: with Meo Muslims where the literacy rates are very poor.
Is SARD working with the youth and women? TOP
 

These two groups are actually the focus of our work. SARD tries to improve the situation of women, especially rural as well as the youth in order to empower them. To achieve this goal we have an integrated approach concerning the field of education, health and livelihood and are pursuing diverse strategies like building Self Help Groups and creation & nurturing of Community Based Organizations.

How does SARD reach the people at grass root level and ensure their participation?? TOP
 

We reach out to grass root people with the strategy of establishing a dialogue first. This process ascertains important aspects like: What are the pressing problems of local people? What possibilities are there to improve their lives? etc. After these steps SARD adopts a variety of field strategies to ensure and seek people’s participation.

We also conduct need assessment through different techniques like PRA, PLAs, etc. Our organization facilitates building a strong network of the stakeholders so that they are empowered to look after themselves in future times. Furthermore we create Self Help Groups which enable women and the youth to generate income through sustainable economic activities and become self reliant over a period of time.

How does SARD ensure the sustainability of its programme? TOP
 
SARD ensures community participation from the day one in most of the programme and tries to build the capacities of its stakeholders on different issues. SARD works closely with the government and ensures mainstreaming of its approaches and models. SARD also seeks convergence of its various programmes to bring more integrity. Strategies are devised and enabled for community ownership of all initiatives to take it further
Who have been the major partners of SARD so far? TOP
 
Since its inception, SARD has been working with many partners and for several years with most of them. Given below is a list of our major partners so far:
• European Commission
• Aga Khan Foundation
• Oxfam GB
• REACH India
• CARE India
• Pathfinder International
• Concern India Foundation
• Sri Gopal Paper Mill-BILT
• SRF
• ITC Ltd
• Elton John Aids Foundation
• Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust
• Misereor
• Indo Global Social Service Society
• Family Health International
• NABARD
• UNFPA-IPD
• UNESCO
• FORRAD
• Indian Environment Society
• Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
• All India Women Conference
• Jan Shikshan Sansthan
• Hero Honda Ltd
• SSA Delhi
• DPEP Bharatpur
• SRC- Jamia Millia Islamia
• Delhi Council For Child Welfare
• Tudor India
• Development Commissioner (Handicraft), Ministry of Textile, GOI
• Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament, Environment and Protection
• Action for Food Production
• UNDP- Bangladesh
Is SARD working with the corporate sector? TOP
 

Yes, SARD does. We have currently four successful partnerships with corporate houses. In 2004 our first CSR initiative was kicked off in cooperation with BILT plant in Yamuna Nagar. The project is called “Sampark” and has been accorded the prestigious TERI award. In Bhiwadi, Haryana SARD is working in villages surrounding the SRF factory with the aim to improve the overall situation of people there.

In cooperation with ITC, we are running an Integrated Programme for Education, Micro Financing & Vocational Training in the Baran District of Rajasthan and at Jhalawar district on NRM Issues in order to bring a qualitative change in the lives of people. For further details of the CSR projects click the button “projects”.

How did SARD’s education model become so innovative and child friendly?
 

SARD has developed a culture oriented gender sensitive curriculum and teacher manual with respect to minority communities of Bharatpur district in Rajasthan and this includes context specific Teaching Learning Material with the locally available materials.
SARD also involves communities inside the schools for academic and monitoring purposes. Community members are invited to tell stories in the QECs as part of Language and EVS teaching. Children learn a lot about their village and surrounding area through such discussions with elderly people. Community members are also involved in the day to day functioning of QECs. They come and sit in the QEC and observe the teaching learning process. The QECs are owned by the community with a sense of responsibility.
SARD has a mobile system of teachers and rotation of teachers (subject experts) from one center to another ensuring even coverage of children. Last but not least libraries in the QEC for the benefit of both children and community are being run with a view to integrate health and education activities especially life skills education for adolescents girls.

Does SARD have any publication(s)? TOP
 

SARD has published quite a lot of material during last few years. Since 2004 we have an Annual Report informing about our year wise development on the thrust areas as well as on the staff, partners and finance. In addition a brochure and a flyer representing the organization are available. Since 2002 SARD has been publishing a quarterly newsletter that gives information on actual developments within the society and the projects (For subscription give your email ID on the homepage).

Concerning the main areas of our work about 30 publications are available. For a detailed list please go to “Our Publications”.

Does SARD have any volunteers programme? TOP
 
Yes, SARD do encourage students and professionals from diversified background to join the interesting work with deprived and marginalized communities in different parts of the country and arrange for a token stipend to selected candidates wherever applicable. Interested candidates may apply in the prescribed format available at the button “volunteering”.