what we do
Save A Family Plan is committed to poverty reduction in India through sustainable development and the overall strengthening of families and communities. This is accomplished through the financial assistance of donors, whose support to impoverished Indian families and communities is made possible through the transfer of funds from SAFP Canada to SAFP India, where, with the cooperation and facilitation of local partners (NGO’s/Diocesan Social Service Societies/self-help groups/community-based organizations), vulnerable families and communities are assisted.
family development program
The Family Development Program has been the core program of SAFP since 1965. Through economic and social development initiatives, poor families are able to realize their overall development, leading ultimately towards sustainable communities and a healthier society. This is accomplished by identifying the most vulnerable families in targeted areas and providing them with financial assistance for six years to help begin and maintain an income generating livelihood, leading to eventual self-reliance. Local community financing/resource mobilization is encouraged, and families undergo entrepreneurial development training. Involvement in sanghams or self-help groups helps individuals gain the confidence and skills necessary for success.
SAFP is also in partnership with 22 Institution Based Rehabilitation Centres known as Healing Homes and financially supports these institutions. These provide shelter and support to children who are orphans, disabled (physically and mentally challenged), and the elderly.
In 2009-2010, almost 14,000 families were supported in the Family Development Program, in the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
SAFP has been involved in community development programming since 1968. Funds raised for these programs are strategically targeted toward specific activities in certain priority sectors to alleviate poverty in the long term. SAFP has been collaborating with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD, formerly CIDA) for the past 35 years in community development, strategically planning and implementing sustainable rural development projects and programs in India. SAFP is committed to participatory approaches that involve local partners (NGO’s and community based organizations) and promote local level empowerment through capacity building. Our current program, SPED III (2010-2016), involves partnerships with DFATD, 27 Indian Non-Governmental Organizations (mostly Diocesan Social Service agencies), civil society organizations, local government and government organizations in 540 villages in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.
Other community development funding supports various special projects and disaster management and rehabilitation. The latter is in response to needs that arise due to natural disasters within India such as flooding, earthquakes, drought, etc.
Aiswaryagram, constructed in 1988, houses the Indian administrative office of SAFP, and is a 30-acre model farm and training/research centre. Its key goal is to empower and strengthen the agricultural sector of Kerala and thereby contribute to sustainable development.