As we complete 2 and a half years, Saathi Haath Badhana(SHB) Social Foundation would like to thank you all, our well-wishers, donors, volunteers and partners for your support over these past years.
We are happy to share with you a summary of our activities over the last couple of years, as we are translating our vision of creating a “Social Wellness space for communities” into a reality, working on three core themes: Compassion, Gender and Life Skills.
Listening Post, our first community reach-out, completed 3 years in February and we are happy (not so happy that so many had to walk-in) to say that we have had over 100 walk-ins. We are grateful that our community has reposed its trust and faith in SHB and our volunteers have truly extended themselves in reaching out to individuals who have (at that point of time) needed a soothing ear.
Through our POSH program, we have reached out to corporate organisations in building a positive and professional work environment towards Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at work. We have also reached out with our gender sensitization programs and ICC (Internal Complaints Committee) workshops to corporates in multiple locations.
Gender Sensitization and Sexuality for young adults addresses the need for awareness on gender sensitivity and increasing competence in handling gender diversity amongst young adults. We have reached over 750 students in high schools and colleges in Pune over the last couple of years.
Our Support Program for board exams students/their parents has reached over 200 students and parents through group sessions as well as one-on-one sessions, providing a space for them to share their anxieties, learn a better way to cope and support each other.
Our Smart Phone Assistance program for Senior Citizens is very popular amongst senior citizens and helps them learn to handle their phones, iPads or tabs better, to help them connect with families, use the internet for financial transactions, shopping or conveyance and in general , cope with the “digital” revolution. Weekly sessions have helped us reach over 80 senior citizens over the last one year.
The Caregiver’s Group helps care-givers get the support they need while caring for someone they love, which can sometimes be unfamiliar/intimidating or overwhelming. Caring for caregivers is a critical endeavour to nourish our souls.
Many of the above programs which run evenings from our Centre in Aundh are FREE of Cost to the community.
In addition, we have conducted a number of Saturday morning workshops on delightful subjects such as “Haiku”, “Serendipity” and “Madhubani Painting” which open up a brief window into a hobby of happiness. We have also focused on workshops to build life skills (“Financial fitness”, “Online Banking”) and coping skills (“Palliative care”, “Awareness on Laws for Indian Women”, “Writing as a therapy” etc.). The idea is to help us learn newer, exciting skills that help us flourish in a world of everyday challenges.
We are happy to announce 2 new programs, one for adolescents/ teenagers and the other a legal cell for Women in distress starting April 2017. We will be sharing details of these programs on our website and on this blog as well.
We have a strong volunteer team and our volunteers are drawn from all walks of life: students, teachers and young entrepreneurs have been volunteering with us for the last couple of years and have brought energy and enthusiasm to all our programs. They are trained and mentored to deliver these services professionally, but with a personal touch. Many of you who have attended these programs have already met them. We are indeed blessed and we hope that our volunteer work-force will increase as we move along. We hope to add professional paid social workers to work with the larger community as we grow.
Do visit our website saathihaathbadhana.org for details of our programs and workshops. Our mailers announcing our plans and new programs will also reach you every month.
Kindly feel free to write back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 9373339162.