SAVE TRUST

About Us

The Mission

It is the earnest endeavor of SAVE Trust to improve the lives of down-trodden and marginalized people, especially women and children, through development based initiatives and promotion of human rights. We at SAVE; strive to usher in the socio cultural and economic development, through multipurpose community developmental programs. The building blocks of our programs are to “Empower the Powerless” through education, skills and generating awareness on issues that affect their daily lives, through collective participation.

Objectives

  • Uplift the social, economic and cultural life of the poor and the marginalized.
  • Cater to the health needs of the vulnerable sections of the society.
  • Work for the up-gradation of ecology and environmental betterment.
  • Facilitate savings and entrepreneurship among women and men
  • Network with rights oriented community based organizations for advocacy
  • Enhance the development of children / adolescents through academic and life skill education

On Going Projects Activities

  • Promotion of women Self Help Groups (SHGs)
  • Social, legal awareness and gender sensitivity trainings
  • Reproductive and Child health trainings
  • HIV and AIDS,TB intervention
  • Orientation for exam writing students
  • Career guidance for students and drop-outs
  • Life skill education for adolescents
  • Summer camps for students
  • Providing counseling and referral services for family problems.
  • Organizing youth development programs, sports and cultural events.
  • Evening Tuition Centers for school-going children
  • Micro Credit ,Micro Insurance and Seed Money Assistance for Women Entrepreneurs

List of Board / Governing Body members/ Trustees with contact details and occupation:

SNo Name and Contact Details Designation Qualification and Occupation
1. S. Baskar No 125/2 ICF West Colony Chennai-600038 Managing Trustee cum Director of Projects M.A., B.Ed., PG Diploma in HRM. Social worker
2. B. Sagayamary No 69, Rama Street, Royapuram, Chennai-600013 Financial Trustee Draughtsman (Civil) Social Worker
3. A. Zacharias 1/75, Siluvaipuram Vayalur Post 4.Chidambaram Cuddalore-608602 Trustee B.A. Social Worker
4. A.Vijayalakshmi No. 28, Kannagi Nagar I Street Korattur Chennai-600080 Trustee B. Sc Centre Head- Hi5 International Pre-School
5. A. Mercy No.608, Kurinji, New Housing Unit, Thanjavur- 613 005. Trustee SSLC Diploma in Home Science District Coordinator, TMSSS

Statics/figures of the beneficiaries of activities of SAVE Trust:

Project District Name of the Taluk/Block No. of working Zones/Panchayets Beneficiaries Population Covered Period of operation (No. of years)
Women in Development Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram Chennai Slums Puzhal, Cholavaram Avadi, Ponneri, Thirupporur, Madurantagam and Tambaram 10 Zones 45 Panchayets Urban slum women & Rural women 80,000 Since 2006(8 years)
HIV and AIDS & TB Intervention Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram Chennai Slums Puzhal, Avadi, Cholavaram, Ponneri, Thirupporur, Madurantagam and Tambaram 10 Zones 45 Panchayets General Public, School & College Students, FSWs, Youth, Transgender, SHG Women PLWHA 90,000 Since 2006 (8 years)
Youth and Adolescents Development Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram Chennai Slums Puzhal, Avadi, Cholavaram, Ponneri, Thirupporur and Madurantagam 10 Zones 45 Panchayets Youth Adolescents School and college students 50,000 Since 2003 (11 years)
Environment Development Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram North & South Chennai, Puzhal, Cholavaram, Avadi Thirupporur, Kancheepuram, Tambaram, Madurantagam 4 Zones 25 Panchayets Students, SHG women, Youth, General Public, Children 30,000 Since 2006 (8 years )
Social Welfare Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram North & South Chennai, Puzhal, Cholavaram, Avadi, Thirupporur, Kancheepuram, 4 Zones 25 Panchayet SHG Women, Rural women, Senior Citizens PLWHIV Children 65,000 Since 2003 (11 years)

Profile of Chief Functionary:

S.BASKAR, MA (Soc), B.Ed, PGDip in HRM Director - SAVE Trust

He had been introduced to the field of social development by Rev. Fr. D.Amudhan, a writer cum social activist and started his career as an Animator in a parish church of Tanjore Diocese in 1983 and worked as a Zonal Coordinator from 1986 – 1991 in the projects in Thanjavur Multipurpose Social Service Society (TMSSS) for the development of Women & Children, Youth, Fishermen, Repatriates and Refuges from Srilanka and developed under leadership of Rev. Fr. A.Micheal. In 1992 joined in McLevy Institute of Development Service (MIDS) Chennai, as a Project Coordinator. Then in1993 joined in Madras Christian Council of Social Service (MCCSS), an ecumenical organization in Chennai. In MCCSS I held various positions like Zonal In-Charge, Area Development Officer, Program Officer and Project Coordinator working for ‘Urban Slum Dwellers Coordination for Housing Rights’, HIV and AIDS Intervention among Slum Community, Female Sex Workers and Women SHGs. He now, leads SAVE Trustpromoting various initiatives for enhancement of the marginalized of urban and rural communities in and around Chennai.

SAVE Trust initiated a new network of NGOs in January 2012, consisting of 30 NGOs from Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram Districts. The forum was named as“Pudhiya Vidiyal” (New Dawn) and Mr. S.Baskar, Director SAVE Trust was elected as the Convener of the forum. As an opportunity to organize the south India partner NGOs of Tzedek, SAVE Trust initiated the meeting in March, 2014, in the presence of Mr. Hirsh Cashdan, Chairperson, Tzedek; Tzedek South India Partners Network (TSIPN) was promoted and Mr. S.Baskar was elected as the Secretary.

Achievements:

In charge for “Urimai Vazhvu” (Life with Right) a monthly magazine run by TMSSS which was a connecting medium to share the initiatives, experience of struggles addressed by the rural mass and valuable creations of women and youth like poetry, songs, success stories and articles on social themes.

Facilitated Vicariate and Taluk level women & youth federations to acquire livelihood opportunities and basic needs of the rural people in Tanjore District.

Successfully managed and coordinated more than1000 women Self Help Groups (SHGs) and 28 Women and Men Federations, an apex forum the Peoples Welfare Association (Makkal Nala Mempattu Sangam) in MCCSS.

Campaigned successfully against forced eviction of urban slum hutment dwellers and facilitated seminars, conferences and mass campaigns for ensuring their housing rights in Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

Foreign Exposure:

Visited Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU), Taiwan on a staff exchange program from the 26th of May to 13th of June 2009 to take part in the seminar on Women Empowerment, HIV and AIDS Intervention and presented papers on Grameen (Village) Banking System, Savings, Thrift and Entrepreneurial Capacity of slum and rural women in India.

Skills:

Writer: Capable of writing Articles, creating IEC Materials (Pamphlets), Poetry and formation of Slogans with awareness message on Social Themes in the fields of Empowerment, Health and AIDS Intervention, Education, Environment, Youth and Child Development.

Trainer: Providing orientations and capacity building trainings for grass-root level women, children, youth, adolescents, CBO leaders, NGO staff and social work students of schools & colleges from domestic and foreign institutions. The contents were socio- economic, political and cultural conditions of unorganized sectors in urban slums & rural areas, formation and management of federations and peoples associations, micro credit and thrift peoples banking system, soft skills, street theatre, HIV and AIDS, TB, child rights, education, education & career counseling.

Musician: Key board and Rhythm instruments like Thabla and Parai (an important percussion instrument of South India) and skilled in singing, writing social awareness songs, skits and folk theatre on social theme.