What We Do/Touch Points of Sauhard

Creating Young Leaders

1. Youth leadership:

The fellowship is a fellow’s journey from self to society, meant for those who rebel for constructive change. With every new batch, continuing till today, the Fellowship aims to create a safe space; a non-judgemental environment where the fellows feel comfortable being their true, unfiltered selves. The program is designed for young people who are open to new ideas and cultures and wish to contribute to the society they live in. We at Sauhard believe that contribution to society doesn’t have a face, but a spirit that we try to uphold through our ideals and give them a space to form their own opinion. Keeping in tune with this line of thought the fellowship program was renamed as बिगड़ैल - a fellowship for those who give a damn in its 11th batch.

The fellowship comprises various modules focusing on Leadership, Gender, Mental Health, Indian Governance and Indian Constitution. They are aimed at facilitating a space for the discovery of each fellow's authentic self, refinement of their leadership potential, and acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary for them to be active citizens of society. Through the use of creative mediums such as film screenings, sports meets, exposure trips, and theatre, the Fellowship program aims to promote knowledge-seeking and thoughtfulness towards fellow humans. The fellowship includes Sauhard’s annual fest called Khurafat; a celebration of self-expression. The ten-month journey culminates in an action project that inspires fellows to pursue a topic close to their hearts and bring their learnings from the fellowship on field and explore them at a practical level.

2. Changemakers and Changeloomsers Fellowship:

Sauhard carried out the role of being the Gujarat Hub for running these two fellowship programs of Pravah. The Changemakers fellowship recognizes and supports young social changemakers to achieve their potential to lead social change initiatives. Whereas Changeloomers fellowship aims to promote social entrepreneurship amongst passionate young leaders through the Changelooms Learning and Leadership Journey. The program supports young people who have started their own social initiatives. It provides skill and capacity building, mentoring support, financial support and networking opportunities. The Changelooms Journey is implemented with early-stage start-ups via a one-year-long journey. The purpose of the learning and leadership journey is to equip participants to develop and strengthen their competencies as leaders and social entrepreneurs. The process is built around the early-stage life cycle needs of social entrepreneurs. The visual depicts the key components of the journey.

Linkages Between Creating Communities And System

1.Mere Mat Se Mera Mat:

Mere Mat se Mera Mat (roughly translated as: My vote is my opinion or My vote according to my choice), was a campaign in collaboration with the Election Commission of India, keeping in mind the upcoming 2017 Legislative Assembly Elections in the state of Gujarat. The main objective of the campaign was to encourage young people to actively participate in the electoral process and to promote awareness so that they register themselves as a voter.

2.Tribal Youth Fellowship:

This fellowship is designed to empower the Tribal youth to lead community-level changes with the help of available Government schemes and systems in a post-COVID scenario. This is not just to ensure that the growth does not become stagnant but even push it further.

3.Programming 15 episodes regarding the issues of young people (with Doordarshan):

Sauhard, with Gujarat Doordarshan (DD Girnar) in developing a programme titled Yuva Gupshup, which addressed a variety of youth-related issues, such as cigarette and tobacco addiction, cleanliness and hygiene, traffic laws, mobile phone/social media addiction, etc. In this programme, theatre was used to initiate dialogues on the mentioned topics, which were then followed by a panel discussion.

4.Training of police officers on POSH & Gujarat Victims Compensation Scheme:

This was an online training session for familiarising police officers with the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act, 2013 and the Victim Compensations Scheme in Gujarat.

5.Social media campaign on child & women safety (CID Crime Branch, Women's Cell):

Along with CID Crime Branch, Women’s cell, Sauhard launched a campaign to create legal awareness of women's safety.

6.Rok programme (CID Crime Branch, Women's Cell and Aashya Foundation):

This six-month programme was aimed at the prevention of sexual harassment. It is focused on working with young individuals between the ages of 19-25 through action-based projects.

7.Social media campaign for Traffic Police Department, Ahmedabad:

With the Traffic Police Department, Sauhard ran a social media campaign regarding the importance of road safety rules.

Strengthening Ecosystems

With the focus on modelling safe and healthy behaviours, amplifying key messages, motivating communities and propelling the vaccination drive, the Samajik Sanstha Sangathan was created in the first phase of Gujarat na Karmveer. It aims primarily at strengthening the ecosystem that already functions on the ground around various issues and themes.

The main objective is aimed at creating a formal network of groups to amplify youth-related issues. The process began in the month of September, 2021 by approaching various groups and inviting them to join the network. We have 23 youth groups in the network bearing various ideas, skills and experiences of running their individual work.

Running from May 2021 to March 2022, Gujarat na Karamveer was facilitated in partnership with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Gujarat with technical support from UNICEF, Gujarat and programme facilitation support from the Centre of Excellence in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change Communication, Gujarat University. The programme was launched by the H.E. Hon’ble Governor of Gujarat, Shri Acharya Devvrat, on 1 May 2021. The main objectives of the programme revolved around building vaccine confidence and CAB sustenance including giving correct information on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Strengthening Linkages for Essential Services and Social Protection Measures

The Chakor Paltan Program (CPP) was created in response to the potential long-term negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children and young people around the world, especially those from socio-economically marginalised communities. The program was designed to empower young people to fight and prevent violence against themselves and their peers, create safe and creative spaces for them, and establish sustainable partnerships to end violence against children and young people.

The CPP was executed in two phases. Phase I focused on working with adolescents and youth in the communities, while Phase II focused on working with systems such as the National Service Scheme (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Community Based Organisations, district and state-level functionaries from departments including Social Justice and Empowerment Department, Education Department, Women and Child Department, and Home Department. The objectives of Phase I were to empower young people to fight and prevent violence against themselves and their peers, create safe and creative spaces for them, and establish sustainable multi-stakeholder partnerships to end violence against children and young people. The objectives of Phase II were to further the work of Phase I by developing action plans and multi-sectoral coordination platforms to end violence against children, mainstream mental health and psychosocial support, and provide mental health and psychosocial support to adolescent boys and girls.

Sauhard in collaboration with CYC – started its journey with ‘Samvidhan LIVE – The Jagrik Project’ on 7 December 2016. The primary aim of the campaign was to ensure that the participants of the project not only developed a thorough understanding of the fundamental rights and duties, but also engaged with them through the means of weekly real-life simulation tasks, concerning either a fundamental right or a duty.

The objective of the two-day Gol Pe Bol youth conclave was to engage in a constructive dialogue with and among the young individuals on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This conference was also an overview of the different action projects undertaken by young people in relation to the 17 SDGs, including Clean Water and Sanitation, Climate Action and Good Health and Well-Being.

The intervention under this programme focused on gender transformative approach, ensuring the inclusion and participation of girls and women at various levels. The main objectives of the programme were; (a) Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination (precaution dose) for all population groups in the district by augmenting the Azaadi ka Amrut Mahotsav campaign for C19 Vax and Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 campaign in these districts, (b) Demonstrating a convergent model of risk-informed, gender mainstreaming interventions in post pandemic contexts that is integrated in the GPDP development process, and (c) Enable women and girls with capacities to act as first responders in humanitarian emergency contexts.

Strengthening Ecosystems

Nurturing Institutions

1. Institutionalising Sauhard Youth Fellowship in colleges:

a. Shree Swaminarayan Arts & Commerce College, Ahmedabad: The Sauhard Youth Fellowship was also institutionalised with the Swaminarayan Arts & Commerce College in Ahmedabad.

b. Vidhyadeep College, Bharuch: Under the Tribal Youth Fellowship, it was identified that the students of Vidhyadeep College in Bharuch, majorly belonged to the tribal communities, thus the idea of initiating a formal partnership with the college to conduct an orientation for the college’s 120 girls from various tribal communities.

2. Gender Prayogshala:Gender Prayogshala is a program run in partnership with the US Consulate with the aim of creating Gender Labs in academic institutions wherein the subject of gender is explored at a theoretical and practical level in an individual’s day-to-day life. As the name suggests, Gender Prayogshala is a space of experiential learning, which takes place through various mediums. The aim of our prayogshala goes beyond awareness, we strive for creating an opportunity to have discussions around Gender. Gender labs are currently active in two academic institutions of Ahmedabad; Shree Swaminarayan Arts and Commerce, Gujarat University, and N. R. Institute of Business Administration, GLS University. A module-based format helps young individuals better explore the topics and discover the idea of Gender anew.

3. Resource Development, Module Design and Course Integration: Sauhard has created modules and courses for various institutions and has also taken lectures with colleges to talk about topics like the Indian Constitution, Films, Heritage, etc.