Sahaara, Mumbai is one of those organizations that grew from a voluntary good-to-do initiative to a full-fledged organization. As an initial voluntary effort, they realized that underprivileged people also have a dream; and working with them to help them realize the same is how they could truly change lives. The organisation’s vision thus came to be “Gifting Dreams” and they do so through a bunch of initiatives.
These include Azaad, which is the Hindi word for freedom. Azaad works with prisoners/ex-prisoners in the four prisons of Mumbai as well as in those of Nashik, Taloja and Sangli. Their teams visit the prisons on a regular basis and spend time with the prisoners there, with the aim of using their sentence time to prepare them to be acceptable members of society.
How many times has a beggar-child approached your window at a traffic signal? And how many of those times have you turned away and just let out a big sigh when s/he went away? A sigh of helplessness, of guilt, of empathy?
In the year 1994, eight friends in Mumbai realised that they could not be mute spectators and decided to do something about it. Thus, Sahaara was birthed. Arthur Thangiah, one of the eight friends, quit his job at IBM to give Sahaara shape and direction.