YLEP – Program “Trusts & Funds”

Youth Leadership Enhancement Program




 Dear Well Wishers of the Community,


The Youth Leadership Enhancement Program-India (YLEP), a brainchild of the World Zoroastrian Congress committee, has, in its bid to assist Parsi/Irani Zoroastrians across India seeking medical and educational assistance from charitable trusts/funds, developed a comprehensive online database system for applicants and organizations. 


Our current system of applications and funding is primarily paper-based and has applicants sending multiple versions of similar paperwork to numerous trusts in a bid to seek financial assistance. There is also little or no inter-trust communication, especially those spread across different Indian cities. Our project attempts to gather multiple need-specific trusts under a larger umbrella for easy access and functioning. This cohesive online platform is intended to:

ü      Allow all applicants, regardless of geographical location, fill out one master application instead of several individual ones for various trusts.

ü      Permit trusts access to applicant information, including aid being received from other agencies.

ü      Encourage intrinsic transparency from the applicants (whose information will be physically verified at a later stage by the trust in question) and accountability on the part of the trusts.

ü      Ensure that applications, admittedly many in number, do not slip through the cracks.

ü      Reduce chances of duplicity and fraud by putting into place an electronic system to track and number each application.


We have met and gained the consent of key trust officials, who are willing to implement the online system and have agreed to this in writing. The design of the database has incorporated their suggestions and requirements. Our end goal is to create a sustainable and tamper-proof online network that aids the efficacy of the funding and application processes, thereby helping members of our community. This is our Team’s contribution toward our vision of a community working together for its development and growth.


We have offered our time, effort and creative energies to this cause entirely free of cost, but we do need to appropriately compensate our vendors who have so have generously donated time and manpower to visualizing and physically creating the database. It is toward this end that we appeal to your generosity and request financial assistance to cover costs. Our current target is

Rs. 3,50,000/-, inclusive of vendor fees, training costs and promotional expenses. All administrative costs are borne entirely by Team India.


We look up to you  to assist our project, please do contact me at +919820319924 or Freyaz Shroff at +919892273973 or freyaz@aol.com.


Thank you for your time and attention.

For YLEP Team India,

 Manek Kalyaniwalla( 25th May 2009)


One comment

  • Burjor Bharucha

    A good and noble task undertaken. Wish you the best of luck.
    I feel the BPP Trust should be involved to provide Mediclaim Insurance to all/any Zoroastrian ofcourse against payment of premium above the age of 75 years, as after this age no Insurance Co. is willing to provide Medical cover to senior Zoroastrian and as you know most of the medical problems arise at and after this age which are unaffordable by these retired section of our community.
    Godrej Baug has such a cover but the premiums are high and they reimburse only 80% of the cost incurred. Can we not improve upon this scheme? Worth considering.

    Burjor Bharucha.

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