Global Relief Initiative is proud to announce the new partnership with Savera Association.
The Savera Association is a non governmental, non profit, voluntary organization registered under the Societies Act XX1 of 1860 founded in 1997 by a group of 16 women. The charity provides numerous services to the slum dwellers of Basti Sriniwaspuri in Delhi, as well as extending a helping hand to various other NGO’s. Savera helps needy individuals and victims of natural disaters or calamities, and is an ever flourishing charity.
Since it’s inception in 1997, Savera Association has come a long way by turning what was 10 gali school classes, held in the open, to becoming a professionally run pre-primary school for 140 children. This school not only provides education, but addresses the holistic needs and development of every child. Further to this, Savera Association has started a small general OPD clinic which now reaches out to over 80 patients a day and has expanded its reach to provide many other health services and facilities to the community. Vocational training of women is another area that Savera Association supports in order to empower the women of Sriniwaspuri.
The main focus of Savera Association has been on primary education, health care, and female emancipation. In addition, it also commits itself to various projects promoting food and nutrition and to lifting basic standards of living and welfare for the female child.
The focus and objectives of Savera Association is on the holistic development of the child, hence there is the up most importance given to the quality of education, nutrition and healthcare. To ensure that the quality of education remains high, there are regular training sessions as well as workshops conducted on a monthly basis in order to teach staff new skill sets. Apart form a solid educational foundation, Savera Association also provides all children with a well balanced, nutritious diet consisting of breakfast, midday meals, calcium tablets, fresh fruit and milk on a daily basis. Children are also taught the importance and significance of all the major festivals as well as significant occasions which are all celebrated in school. A strong emphasis is also placed on inculcating social and moral values in their student’s right from the very first day at the school.
The Savera Association School currently reaches out to 140 children aged between 3 and 6 years old who all live in Basti Sriniwaspuri. Savera Association thus provides these children with a chance to be educated in mainstream secondary schools by giving them a good education at kindergarten level. Furthermore, Savera Association also offers sponsorship to those children who pass out of Savera who are unable to afford further education to go to good secondary schools as long as each child must remain at a 60% pass rate in all school exams; Savera Association currently sponsors 17 children in higher education.
Savera Association is visited by over 30 people on a daily basis for basic, as well as more complex, health needs. Savera Association, therefore, provides Eye OPD, Skin OPD, Dental OPD and Path Lab facilities.
For this facility, Savera Association, in collaboration with Shroff Eye Hospital, hold an eye OPD every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to conduct free eye check ups for each patient. For cataract patients, the hospital performs free surgery for those who cannot afford the cost. All medicines, pre and post surgery, are also provided free of cost by Savera Association.
For this facilitiy, Dr Vivek Mehta, holds a voluntary skin OPD every Tuesday for patients. There is a very good response to this OPD as people from the Basti often have skin infections, and don’t know where to go for proper treatment and guidance.
A fully equipped dental van visits the Basti every alternate Thursday. All dental check-ups, extraction, cleaning etc is done by the dentist and, once again, all medicines and surgery costs are provided by Savera Association.
Path Lab Facilities
Lab technicians from Krishna laboratories visit the centre every Tuesday to take blood, urine and stool samples from patients. ECG is also done at the centre and diagnosis and analysis is done by their cardiologist. All reports are delivered the following day. The laboratory offers 50% discount to all Savera Association patients.
A full time paid Doctor oversees all activities at the clinic as well as being assisted by two full time volunteer nurses and an assistant to monitor BP and the temperature of the patients, maintain records, and dispense medicines. As well as providing services inside the clinic, Savera Association offers an outreach service to those unable to get to the clinic twice a week, by using a small ambulance. Every Tuesday the doctor, nurses and health staff hold an OPD in the Gandhi Basti Slum near Okhla Mandi. Check-ups are done on the spot and medicines are given to patients free of charge. For further investigations and tests, patients are often referred to the Savera Association centre.
As part of its efforts towards women empowerment, Savera Association runs a beauty training centre to train young girls from the area to become beauticians, thereby improving their future earning prospects. The training of these girls has been imparted by Shahnaz Hussein Academy and there are currently 12 girls undergoing six month training at the centre. In this way, Savera Association enables young girls to become financially independent.
Savera Association provides health camps at least once a month, on different health related topics in the surround Basti areas. Savera Association collaborates with other agencies, experts, and specialists to hold routine camps on Cancer detection, HIV prevention, Typhoid, Malaria, Hemoglobin and Gynae camps, as well as, anti-tobacco, anti-drugs and alcohol awareness rallies are also held regularly.
It is extremely important for Savera Association to be able to provide the best for those living in the surrounding Basti areas. The development and skill sets of the professionals providing care for the residents is an ongoing process at Savera, and something which is handled and managed with staff training and workshops. This ensures that all staff remain motivated and focused, and are therefore able to give their everything to the respective children and parents.