was SARD founded?
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?
|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.
exempted from Income Tax Act?
|Yes. SARD is having a tax exemption
under section 80-G and 12-A.
|Is SARD eligible
to receive foreign grants?
|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?
|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?
|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
|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?
SARD has been working with many partners
and for several years with most of them.
Given below is a list of our major partners
• European Commission
• Aga Khan Foundation
• Oxfam GB
• REACH India
• CARE India
• Pathfinder International
• Concern India Foundation
• Sri Gopal Paper Mill-BILT
• ITC Ltd
• Elton John Aids Foundation
• Sir Dorabjee Tata Trust
• Indo Global Social Service Society
• Family Health International
• 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
|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
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
|Is SARD a registered
|Yes. SARD is a registered voluntary
organization as a Society since 1996.
|Is SARD working
with the youth and woman?
|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?
|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
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
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
is having any publication?
|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 having any volunteers programme?
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”.