THE ZOROASTRIANS OF SOUTH GUJARAT – Team WZO Trust


THE ZOROASTRIANS OF SOUTH GUJARAT – – Team WZO Trust

Team WZO Trust is pleased to present an overview of the progress made in their project to rehabilitate poor Zoroastrians residing in the rural areas of South Gujarat.

 

Our project revolves around 4 main issues:

  1. Rehabilitate poor Zoroastrian farmers who have land available to pursue agriculture viably. Alternatively to make use of land available towards dairy & poultry farming, setting up brick kilns and so on.
  2. For those who do not have any land, to provide support towards their self employment.
  3. Replacing huts in which the poor Zoroastrians live into decent cottages made from bricks & mortar.
  4. Providing adequate quantities of food grains to economically challenged Zoroastrian families residing in villages that would last them for a few months thereby providing relief.

 

Given here below is a short treatise on how our journey began and how it has unfolded so far.

 

1988:

  • Dr. Cashmera Bhaya submits her report on the sample (not census) survey that she undertook at the behest of  World Zoroastrian Organisation, London and Surat Parsi Punchayet on the Socio-Economic conditions of Zoroastrians residing in the rural areas of South Gujarat.
  • Her conclusions – she identifies 687 Zoroastrian families in 209 villages living below the poverty line.

 

1991:

  • The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust is established, primarily with the intent to rehabilitate these poor Zoroastrians. During the course of their journey they find there are many more Zoroastrians than mentioned in the report (which was a sample and not a census survey) residing in abject poverty.
  • Rehabilitation process begins, comprising of providing inputs to agrarians, providing self-employment to the landless or those where agricultural efforts could not be economically viable, replacing the huts in which the poor Zoroastrians lived into cottages, providing medical relief, supporting their children to receive a good education, distributing food grains and so on.

 

What has been done so far (Financial year 2013-2014):

 

  • 450 Zoroastrian farmers in 179 villages have been extended support in their farming activities.
  • 215 huts in which Zoroastrians lived have been replaced into cottages.
  • 253 individuals in 93 different rural locations have been provided opportunities and financial support to be self employed in vocations of their choice, such as plying taxis, auto-rickshaws, grocery shops, motor garages etc.
  • Food grains are distributed periodically every year to economically challenged Zoroastrians residing in the villages.

Collaborations & Partnerships:

 It is not possible for any single institution to undertake work on this scale without the active cooperation support from other likeminded individuals and institutions through collaborations and partnerships.

 

World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust is fortunate to have received generous support from all continents on which Zoroastrians reside and are extremely grateful to those who have contributed towards this massive ongoing exercise.

 

World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust acknowledges that whatever has been achieved has been due to the unstinted support of donors and well wishers who have participated by way of donations and also by creating awareness of our work.

 

Partnerships such as these have enabled World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust to change the lives of many. Whilst much has been done, even much more yet remains to be done.

 

Pictures always speak louder than words – we are happy to share some with our community. Some pictures are of those who have transited from abject poverty to relative prosperity, whilst others are of those who are still experiencing the throes of poverty, and looking forward to helping hands bringing them back into the mainstream of society.

 

We conclude by paraphrasing the words of Robert Frost –  The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But we (WZO Trust) have promises made to ourselves to keep, and miles to go before we sleep”.

 

Appeal – Help to Kamal Nozer Irani’s family


An email – Appeal
Please Donate Generously:

Hormaz Master
7 Jan 2015

Funds are being collected for this family. The details are below. Since this information is coming directly from my aunts who know this family, I can vouch for its authenticity. The details are listed below and you can donate directly to them.

Dear ALL,
I work in the office of Dastur Nosherwan Girls’ High School.
Monaz Nozer Irani is a student of STD X (2014-15)
Her father expired and her mother is in need of a job.

The information is 100% correct. Please help.

Warm Regards

HORMAZ MASTER
9822816759

________________________________________
From: “diana doctor
Forwarding as received…..
Can the family be helped?
Plz do circulate the email.
Regards,
Diana Doctor.

From:”Jasmine Patel
Dear Fellow Zoroastrians,

I was informed last week by my aunts in India about a Zarthusti family in Pune who lost their husband/father in a car accident. He was a pedestrian and was struck by a vehicle and died due to the injuries he suffered in the accident. He leaves behind a wife who has diabetes and hypertension and a daughter in standard X. The family is very worried because the father was the only earner in the household and the daughter would like to finish school. Funds are being collected for this family. The details are below. Since this information is coming directly from my aunts who know this family, I can vouch for its authenticity. The details are listed below and you can donate directly to them. Please circulate this widely and lets help this family out. If we all donate even a little, it will make a big difference for this family who is in dire need.

Ushta Te,
Jasmine

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Name: Nozer Abadan Irani (Expired on 24th Nov14) in a road accident. He was a pedestrian struck by a vehicle and died due to the injuries.

Wife: Kamal Nozer Irani – Housewife – no income is a highly diabetic patient who takes insulin 5 times per day and very high hypertension. Due to her illness unable to work.
Daughter: Monaz Nozer Irani – studying in Std. X at Dastur School – Pune (daddy’s little girl – who is worried as to who will provide for her education monthly expenses).

The account details are also listed below:

Account of Monaz Nozer Irani
Account No: 53272210000700
SYNBINBB044 is Swiftcode
Account at: Syndicate Bank, Gultekadi Branch
IFSC Code SYNB0005327

Please specify that the money is for school and living expenses so it will not be taxed.

Attached are two photos – one of Nozer and Monaz and one of Kamal and Monaz.

Rajasthan govt. signs MoU with Tata trust on child healthcare


 

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with Tata Trust chairman Ratan Tata in Jaipur on Monday. – Photo: PTI

The Rajasthan government on Monday entered into a partnership with Tata Trust and ‘Antara’ Foundation to improve the status of maternal and child health in the State.

The programme (‘Akshada’) will focus on the crucial ‘1000 days’ between conception and age 2 of a child and will include the most critical areas like maternal anaemia, neo-natal mortality and improving immunization. The programme would deploy interventions that could greatly reduce the levels of malnutrition amongst children under five.

To begin with, the programme will focus intensively in Jhalawar and Sirohi districts and would subsequently be replicated, amplified and rolled out across the State. The Tata Trusts are funding this flagship programme and the Antara Foundation, led by Ashok Alexander, will implement the programme in the focus districts.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed here in the presence of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Raje said there was plenty of scope to improve the health status of women and young children in State. “We believe that private partnership in the programme for improving maternal and child health and bettering the nutrition status will take Rajasthan a long away in emerging as a State with health indicators at par with India’s best,” she added.

Mr. Tata said that the Tata Trusts’ new initiative in addressing the problem of malnutrition amongst mothers and infant children will have a positive impact on millions of children in terms of their improved health and resistance to illness and physical and mental deformity at birth.

The Executive Director of Antara Foundation Mr Alexander said, supporting the heroic work of frontline government health workers and creating demand at the village level are critical in scaling up health care delivery”.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/rajasthan-govt-signs-mou-with-tata-trust-on-child-healthcare/article6953057.ece

FOOD SCHEME – 2015


We are once again approaching all Zoroastrian Brethren  for donation towards the ‘FOOD SCHEME” which we run for old and poor Members of our Community.

We are fortunate enough to get good donations in the past which has helped us run the above Facility for deserving Zoroastrians for last many years.

The FOOD SCHEME  is run  by MANCHERJI EDALJI JOSHI MEMORIAL TRUST to feed the Old and Poor Infirms of our communitywhich not only supervises cooking of food, but also delivery of the same to the  community Members are done through Dabbawalas.

There are many old and infirms neglected by the Society, some of them by their own children and Family and are fighting for their survival, who need your attention.  Most of them are frail, weak and bed ridden and do not have  even strength to go to the roadside food stall and depend on their neighbours to bring some food for them to survive.

In this world, very often, the efforts of an individual are not significant enough to make a difference. But collectively, it is possible for a group to do much more than the sum of the individual parts.

We all fortunate Zoroastrians have to ensure that the food scheme continues to operate feeding these deserving members of our community.

Thanks to the munificence and largesse of benevolent individuals and donors we are able to tend to their daily meals. But the demand is much in excess of the Funds generated and hence this appeal. Your generous contribution will help us in reaching out to our poor brethren.

We are a Public Registered Trust registered with the Charity Commissioner under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961. Amongst our Charitable activities is the Food Scheme where the Trust undertakes to feed the old infirm / handicapped and under privileged of our community. This scheme was started as you are aware in January 2003. Your generous donation will enable us to continue to feed the poor and to reach out to a larger section of these not so fortunate within our Community.

When we first started we were supplying meals to ten persons, two meals a day. Today this service is extended to 126 persons in all. As word gets around, more applicants approach us or are referred to us and only after thorough inquiries are the same added to our list of beneficiaries.

Donations over the years have increased due to the foresight of our initial donors who have put the Scheme on the net and also by word of mouth as more people get to hear about this scheme. You will however appreciate that funds are necessary to run this scheme effectively and hence our yearly appeal to you.

The enclosed chart will give you a detailed and latest break up for the Food Scheme, its beneficiaries, their categories and approximate expenditure involved in feeding them.

Our accounts are duly audited and filed with Charity Commissioner and every donor small or big is immediately issued a receipt. Donations of Rs. 5000/- and more are also sent the break up of Food Scheme so that they know how exactly their donation is being utilized.

On behalf of the Trust, I once again appeal to you for your generous support to our Food Scheme.

Your donations can be made by cheque in favour of “MANCHERJI EDALJI JOSHI MEMORIAL TRUST”.

Further enquiries are also welcome via e-mail to :  hnd@vsnl.com

Your Donations can be sent to:

 

Mrs Mithoo Jesia  

Jesia  Building,

797 Jam E Jamshed Rd    

Parsi Colony, Dadar (E),   

Mumbai 400 014        

Ph 2414 9571  

Mrs. Tina Patel  

623,  Lady Jehangir Rd

Parsi Colony, Dadar (E)

Mumbai 400 014

Ph: 2415 1354

Mr H N Daruwalla

Sethna  Building

2/689,  Dinshaw Master Rd

Parsi Colony Dadar E

Mumbai 400 014

Ph: 2411 2330

 

Kindly give widest possible publicity to this note, by forwarding the same to your family members and Zoarastrian friends to get maximum support to this noble cause.

                                                                                  

Hoping to receive favourable response from you,

 

With Kind Regards

 

Homi  N Daruwalla

 

 

LIST OF BENEFICIARIES & ESTIMATE OF YEARLY EXPENSES OF THE FOOD SCHEME (AS AT 31.01.2014)

 

CATEGORY DESCRIPTION OF RECIPIENTS NO. OF RECIPIENTS ANNUAL EXPENDITURE IN RUPEES
A Old and infirm and poor Zoroastrians who have no one to turn to 54 22,75,280
B Parsee children of J.B. Vachha School for Parsi Girls (Dadar) 12 55,800
C Khandias, Nassesalars and Bungli Staff at Doongerwadi (Breakfast only) 20 to 31 (depending on daily attendance) 2,27,400
D Food grains and provisions (these are given to recipients who are able to cook for their familities but are in low income group) 29 2,85,600

 

APPROXIMATE TOTAL EXPENDITURE PER YEAR AS ON 31.1.2014  = 

 Rs. 28,44,080

Due to inflation the caterers have now increased their rates per meals. As of 31st Jan 2015,  the cost of feeding one person per month approx.. comes to Rs. 3000/- depending on the category in which they fall and the caterer providing the meals.

Regards

 

HOMI N DARUWALLA

Critical Assistance Special Appeal – February 2015


One of our community members had a stroke which has paralyzed his right side. He is going through the long process of rehabilitation and recouping and we hope and pray he gets back all his abilities. This situation has cut off their main income and we do not know how long he will be out of work. His spouse is trying to cope the best she could under the circumstances. Serious health issues can change a life and family situation in seconds putting a lot of stress and burden on the supporting family members. We are fortunate to have our extended family, our community, who always steps up and helps out in situations like this.

Once again we are asking our community to step up and donate to help lessen this family’s burden. Your prayers and your checks will go a long way to help out this family in their time of need. We thank you for the help and support that has been given in the past, we are proud to belong to a community that cares. May Ahura Mazda keep us all healthy.

You can donate online with credit card using the form attached to the link below or mail a check.
Checks should be made out to FEZANA , but please write the words “CRITICAL ASSISTANCE SPECIAL APPEAL – February 2015″ in the memo section of the check. Mail your check to :
Nilufer K. Shroff
FEZANA Treasurer.
Post office Box 3873, 1175 Marlkress Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Donations to FEZANA are tax deductible.

On behalf of FEZANA Welfare Committee
Houtoxi Contractor, Freyaz Shroff, Hosi Mehta.

Appeal – Medical Assistance for Homai Vajravandi


Dear friends,
 
please help the Zoroastrian family who have appealed for help in the medical treatment of their family member.
 
Or, please refer them to appropriate charity funds or persons who can help them in their hour of need.
 
And please circulate this appeal to your friends, contacts and relatives – by email and by Facebook if appropriate.
 
Dear admins of other religious groups: 
Please broadcast this appeal to your members.
You may contact:
Mrs. Dilnavaz Irani <dilnavazirani57@gmail.com>
 
Jennifer Irani – 961-903-5296

Dilnavaz Irani – 958-869-2263
 
Thank you and God Bless you.
Sincerely
TZML Admins.
 
 
On Nov 4, 2014, at 4:22 AM, Dilnavaz Irani <dilnavazirani57@gmail.com> wrote:

I, Dilnavaz Cyrus Irani, aged 58, residing at Daruwalla Bldg., B. Block, ground floor, room no 15, south frère bridge, nana chowk, grant road, Mumbai 400 007, am writing this letter requesting for financial aid for the treatment of my Mother, Mrs. Homai Varjavandi. My husband Mr. Cyrus Irani and I have retired long back and we sustain the house through tuitions and our savings. My son, Mr. Mehershan Irani has just completed his B.Sc. in aviation and is looking for a job. My daughter, Jennifer is married, working at TCS and looking after her own household, also paying her personal loan.
 
 My mother, Mrs Homai Vajravandi is 80 years old, has weak skeletal structure and had suffered a right femur fracture earlier, had undergone surgery for a metal ball replacement at Dhanvantri hospital under the supervision of Dr. Telang and at BSES, Andheri (W) in 2009. Recently, the replacement dislocated due to the softness of her bone structure and she was readmitted to BSES Hospital for surgery for correction on 23rd September, 2014. The total cost of the operation for the resurgery of the fracture was Rs. 2.61 Lakh, which we managed to pull out from our savings. We got her home and within days, her health deteriorated and her conscious/voluntary movements stopped. We readmitted her to BSES Hospital on the 14th October, 2014 and after a CT scan, brain cerebral atrophy and periventral ischemic changes were detected. So she was reshifted to Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital for further management as it was the only hospital close to BSES specializing in brain related problems. Further MRI Scans at Kokilaben hospital revealed non haemorrhagic infarcts in the right Anterior Cerebral Artery and Middle Cerebral Artery and mass effect changes in the right lateral ventricle without Midline shift.
 
 She has been kept in the ICU (Bed number 14 on the 3rd floor) at Kokilaben Dhirubai Ambani Hospital from 15th October 2014 till date. She has been intubated and mechanically ventilated; lately she also has undergone early tracheostomy. Diagnostic tests like Doppler, MRIs, 2D Echo and other routine tests are been used to monitor her status. She has been bed bound for more than 3 weeks now and has suffered bed sores for which she is also receiving treatment. She is stable at the moment with the brain showing improvement, spontaneous movements are seen on her right side and she is maintaining her oxygen levels with the help of the ventilator. Doctors say she is stable, showing signs of improvement but she has to be kept in ICU till she can maintain her vitals on her own. Dr. Annu Agarwal is handling her case and has specified that she will be soon taken off the ventilator to check whether she can maintain her breathing. Her brain cells need time to completely recover from the infract and atrophy so no one knows for sure how long she will have to be kept in ICU and further hospitalization.
 
 I would like to emphasize that my father, Shahpur Vajravandi, husband of the patient is also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and receiving treatment with regular visits to doctors. The hospitalization costs only for my mother including the surgery at BSES and now the procedures at Kokilaben has gone over 6 lacs and is becoming very difficult for us to manage.
 
The hospitalization cost currently at Kokilaben Hospital only has amounted to 4.06 Lakh Rupees /- till date. The breakup for the same is as follows.
> Diagnostics – 71342 -/
> Doctor fees – 36000 -/
> Pharmacy – 144123 -/
> Procedures – 23780 -/
> Room Rent – 114000 -/
> Rehabilitation – 17257 -/
 
 This costing above is till the afternoon of 4th of November, 2014. Doctors estimate more days of ICU with intermittent scans and then depending upon her recovery, she will be shifted to the general ward for unknown period of time. She will then receive physiotherapy and checked for response. We do not know how the body will be responding once she is off sedation and brought to consciousness. It goes to see how much of the left handed body functions will be restored.
 
 The post hospitalization medicines and procedures will also cost me sufficiently. Regular checkups for both my parents will also increase my expense besides the medicines. My utmost concern right now is to arrange for enough funds quickly so that the hospital goes on with the due course of treatment. I am still not sure of how many more days of treatment will be there so I cannot point out the actual final figure. As I get further updates on the figure or if the required target is reached, I shall immediately notify everyone for the same. 
 
 Dr. Annu Aggarwal can be contacted on the number 9320192277 in case anyone wants to ask & confirm the details of the procedures and tests. One can also contact the Hospital for inpatient details if needed.
 
 Some of my relatives have helped me to pile up the earlier deposit of 3 lacs which I will need to also reimburse as soon as possible. I am thankful to all those who have taken the time out of their busy schedule to read my plea and I request the charitable organizations/trusts to help me out in this dire circumstances. Medical aid is welcome in any means possible, can also be done by cheque in the favour of “KOKILABEN DHIRUBHAI AMBANI HOSPITAL”. Let us know from where the cheque needs to be collected, I or any family member will come personally for the same.
 
 Please let me know if any details or additional information is needed from our side. You can contact us through the following email address and the phone numbers;
Jenniferirani1@gmail.com
Jennifer Irani – 961-903-5296
Dilnavaz Irani – 958-869-2263

I will be willing to help divulge any such information that helps my mother to completely recover. 
 
Thanking you,
Yours gratefully, 
Mrs. Dilnavaz Cyrus Irani

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Courtesy: Hushang Vakil

Abuwala Parsi Infirmary, Navsari


Elders have held our hand at the time of our Sunrise now its our Turn to hold theirs at their Sunset.
Abuwala Parsi Infirmary, Navsari serves the elders of our Parsi Community standing besides them in their times of sunset.
Courtesy : Maneck Bhujwala
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