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When was SARD founded?
What is the Vision and mission of SARD?
Is SARD’s exempted from Income Tax Act?
Is SARD eligible to receive foreign grants?
With which community or groups is SARD mainly working?
How does SARD ensure sustainability of its programme?
How does SARD reach to the people at grass root level and ensure their    participation?
Who are the major partners of SARD so far?
What are the major thrust areas?
Is SARD a registered organization?
Is SARD working with the youth and woman?
Is SARD is working with corporate houses?
How did SARD’s education model become so innovative and child friendly?
Is SARD’s is having any publication?
Is SARD’s is having any volunteers programme?
 
When was SARD founded? TOP
SARD was found 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 found an organization that would differ from others by focusing on previously overlooked communities (particularly rural communities) and promoting development through participatory, holistic and integrated programs.
What is the Vision and mission of SARD? TOP
SARD is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the participation of minority and disadvantaged communities in mainstream development processes. SARD’s goal is to empower these groups, particularly women, by improving their access to quality education and health services, by providing vocational training, introducing micro-credit schemes, promoting environmentally sustainable income generating activities and, last but not least, building the organizational and leadership capacities of SARD’s stakeholders. In order to maximize the efficacy of its programs SARD takes a culturally sensitive, holistic and integrated approach to development that favors the sustainability of its programs by providing people access to the tools, training and structures they need to maintain and customize the programs initiated by SARD.

In others words SARD rather facilitates than supplies change. Indeed one of SARD’s greatest strengths is its skill in building networks and providing forums in which members of minority and disadvantaged communities, government officials, local business people, service providers and NGOs come together in partnership to devise and enact solutions to pressing local problems.

Our vision is a society that gives equal opportunity to all its members and that ensures the basic minimum of needs of all citizens is met through environmentally sustainable economic activities.
Is SARD’s exempted from Income Tax Act? TOP
Yes. SARD is having a tax exemption under section 80-G and 12-A.
Is SARD eligible to receive foreign grants? TOP
 
SARD is a registered voluntary organization & 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.
With which community or groups is SARD mainly working? TOP
 
SARD always pursued the thought 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.
How does SARD ensure sustainability of its programme? TOP
 
SARD ensures community participation from 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
How does SARD reach to 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 has a variety of field strategies to ensure and seek peoples 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 found Self Help Groups which enables especially women and the youth to generate assured income and be self reliant over a period of time.
Who are the major partners of SARD so far? TOP
 

Since 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

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 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 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.

CSR was a theme that was taken up by our organization two years ago. SARD has currently four corporate house partners and we are reaching out for further collaborations and partnerships.

Is SARD a registered organization? TOP
 
Yes. SARD is a registered voluntary organization as a Society since 1996.
Is SARD working with the youth and woman? TOP
 
These two groups are actually the focus of our work. SARD tries to improve the situation of especially rural women as well as youth in order to empower them and make a change for their future. 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.
Is SARD is working with corporate houses? 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 working in Baran District of Rajasthan and SARD is about to start a new initiative 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.

Is SARD’s is having any publication? 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 round about 30 publications are available. For a detailed list please have a look on the content of the button “Publications”.
Is SARD’s is having 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”.