Medical appeal for young Zarir Daruwalla, in Bombay


Zarir Daruwalla
16, Banaji House,
N. Contractor Baug,
3rd Floor, Mori Road, Mahim,
Mumbai 400 016.

dtd:- June 12, 2018

Mobile: 9833614842
E Mail: zarir.daruwalla16@gmail.com

Dear Sir, Madam

SUB: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR MY TREATMENT

I, the undersigned, Zarir K. Daruwalla, aged 35 years, wish to put forth my case for financial assistance to enable continue with my treatment for cancer.

I was diagnosed with a high grade Type B Non-Hodgkins Lyphoma which is a type of cancer in September 2017. I was hospitalized in P.D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre in Mumbai for 6 months for the treatment for which I had incurred a cost of Rs.13 lacs. This amount was covered through my mediclaim and with the kind support of my family and friends. In addition, to enable cover the cost, the World Zoroastrian Organization had very kindly granted a sum of Rs. One lac for the treatment.

I wish to inform you that until August 2017 I was working at J. P. Morgan Chase Pvt. Ltd. drawing a salary of Rs. 42,000per month approx. I stay with my mother who has toiled all her life in bringing me up. She was working in a small private firm and has retired two years back. Until last year I used to take care of my grandfather as well.

I have been advised further treatment to ensure it does not relapse, for which in April 2018 have incurred an expenditure of Rs.1.87 lacs (copies of bills can be sent) for various tests carried out in the P.D. Hinduja Hospital to ensure I have the fitness and immunity to undergo further treatment.The treatment recommended which would enable me live for a long time is Dendritic Cell Therapy by Dr. Jamal Khan. The cost for this treatment will be approximately Rs.4 to 5 lacs as per the estimate enclosed herewith.

Even today, I am not able to sit or stand for a long time and am very weak. As this treatment has stretched for more than nine months now, I have lost my job as well though the company was kind enough in supporting me to the extent they could to retain my job.

I have used all my savings and since I have no funds to continue with the treatment, I have out forth my case for your kind consideration. I shall be indeed indebted to you if you could kindly assist in granting financial assistance to the best extent you can, which would immensely help me continue with the treatment which would tremendously give me with the will to live and lead a normal life.

In case you require any further documents to support my case, I am most willing to do so.

I shall be grateful if you could kindly consider my case sympathetically and look forward to receiving your favourable response.

My bank particulars are:

Name: Zarir Kersi Daruwalla
Name of the bank: HDFC Bank
Account No. 50100153274264
IFSC Code: HDFC0000411
Branch: Malad (West), Mumbai
Address of the Bank: HDFC Bank, China Link, Ground Floor,
Opposite Goregaon Sports Club, Link Road,
Malad (West), Mumbai 400 064.

Thanking you, I remain,

Yours faithfully,
(Zarir Daruwalla)

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Noshir Dadrawala’s Contribution At ICNL


Noshir Dadrawala is known to most on our community as an eloquent speaker and a prodigious writer on religious and community related issues, or as a trustee of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet. However, few know of his professional attainments in addition to the above.

On 9th June, 2018, Noshir completed two terms of office as Director of the Board of the globally renowned International Centre for Nonprofit Law (ICNL), which is headquartered in Washington DC (USA). He was the first Indian to be appointed on this Board in June 2012 and as per ICNL’s constitution, since no Director is allowed to continue beyond two terms of three years each, in recognition of his contributions, he has been requested to continue as a member of ICNL’s Advisory Board.

ICNL works in over a hundred countries worldwide with the mission to promote an enabling environment for civil society, philanthropy and civic participation around the world. Through ICNL, Noshir has also been contributing for the last several years to the Council on Foundation’s country codes and laws which are intended to assist grant-makers and their advisors when undertaking equivalency determinations for foreign grantees under IRS Revenue Procedure.

Noshir has actively worked with ICNL on several research programs, the most recent being, ‘The Philanthropy Law Reports’, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report can be read online at: http://www.icnl.org/research/Philanthropy/india.html. ICNL’s President and CEO, Prof. Douglas Rutzen who teaches at Georgetown University Law Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund, said, “You (Noshir) are an inspiration to me.  You’ve worked on issues of philanthropy and civil society for many years and despite challenges, you’ve retained your optimism, dedication, and constructive engagement.  It’s an honor working with you.”

Noshir has also contributed his expertise for the ‘Civic Freedom Monitor’ and his Report on India can be read at: http://www.icnl.org/research/monitor/india.html. Noshir’s country note on India can be read online at:https://www.cof.org/content/india.

ICNL’s Chairperson, Dr. Oonagh B. Breen who is also Professor of Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, while giving Noshir a formal farewell, referred to him as a “reliable Indian knowledge source.”

http://parsi-times.com/2018/06/noshir-dadrawalas-contribution-at-icnl/

Poverty to Prosperity | The Zarathushtis Of Zavda | WZO Trust Funds


The World Zoroastrian Organization Trust & WZO Trust Funds is proud to share with you the video unveiled at the World Zoroastrian Congress 2018 held in Perth, Australia this past weekend.

In 2006 when WZOTF began its work in Zavda 14 Zarathushti families lived below the globally defined poverty line of USD 1.90 per day. Some were even living on less than USD 0.95 per day.

Today all 14 families have been rehabilitated and in one way or another benefit from the a combination of programs that WZOTF runs such as poverty relief, food grain distribution, education and self employment. WZOTF has also installed solar panels which provide water and electricity to 11 of the Zarathushti homes in Zavda.

We ask you to please share the message of the good work being done by the WZO Trusts.

If you have not yet subscribed to our YouTube channel please do so, there are a lot more hope-filled stories coming your way.

Thank You.
The World Zoroastrian Organization Trust & WZO Trust Funds have been working in the village of Zavda since 2006 to rehabilitate 14 poor Zarathushti families. Families were living below the poverty line of USD 1.90 per day. In many cases families were living on USD 0.95 per day. It is a heartening story of a village resurrected and now standing relatively on its own.

Seva Kitchen distributes free food to patients and their relatives in 11 hospitals


A thing called free lunch: People mill around Seva Kitchen volunteers at CIIMSA thing called free lunch: People mill around Seva Kitchen volunteers at CIIMS   | Photo Credit: S. Sudarshan

Seva Kitchen is bringing free food to patients and their relatives in 11 hospitals across six cities

Baidyanath Dharamshala, next to Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital & Research Centre in old Nagpur, is usually deserted for the better part of the day: most of the boarders here are family members of patients at the hospital and spend much of their time there. Every evening, though, the dharamshala comes alive with laughter and conversation when Seva Kitchen volunteers arrive with free food for the boarders.

Reena Banjara’s husband, a construction labourer from Chhattisgarh, has oral cancer and is being treated at Rashtra Sant Tukdoji hospital; with both out work now, they are running out of money fast. “We get good food, free, once a day,” says Reena Banjara, who is lodging at the dharamshala. “This small saving means a lot,” she adds.

At your service

Reena Banjara’s relief can be traced back to the weeks Khushroo Poacha, a railway official in Nagpur, had spent with his mother at Nagpur’s Central India Institute of Medical Science (CIIMS) when she was admitted there in 2014.

The hospital, located at the centre of Nagpur, draws patients from far and near. Although CIIMS is considered expensive, middle-class people from the hinterlands come here for the quality of treatment it offers. Patients’ relatives usually fail to find suitable accommodation in the surrounding expensive areas and often end up on the pavements.

 

“I would observe people outside the hospital — mostly patients’ family members — cooking chapatis on the footpaths, eating it with chilli powder or onions. I was already sad because of my mother’s illness, and this made me more miserable,” Poacha says. While patients get food in the hospital, the accompanying relatives, who sometimes have to stay on for months at a stretch, usually find the rates of the hospital cafeteria — or indeed of any decent eatery in this area of the city — too high.

Bothered by what he had witnessed at CIIMS, Poacha asked his friend, Amit Badiyani, whether he could feed a few people at the hospital once a week. Badiyani agreed, and he and his wife began taking food to CIIMS every Sunday, serving people on the pavements.

Poacha had prior experience in helping people in need of medical assistance. In 2000, he had started the now ubiquitous IndianBloodDonors.com, an online portal which helps people find blood donors.

Poacha’s mother passed away later in 2014; though grieving, he retained his interest in the work the Badiyanis were doing. “There would be 200 people rushing for 25 plates,” he remembers Badiyani telling him. “I asked Amit how much he spent, and he said ₹1,500.” Poacha’s managerial instincts kicked in: ₹60 a plate sounded expensive. “I thought ₹1,500, economically spent, could feed more than 200 people. We set up a kitchen in my house, and on November 23, 2014, we cooked a meal for 50.”

The next Sunday, they upped the number to 200, and carried the food to CIIMS on a handcart. He was joined in by his family, his brother’s family and the Badiyanis. They continue to do this every weekend: the initiative was named Seva Kitchen, which has expanded since to cover hospitals not only in Nagpur but in five other cities — Hyderabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, Thane, and recently, Mumbai. Most of the hospitals, including CIIMS, allow them to distribute food inside the premises.

Magic boxes

Seva Kitchen’s expansion has been brought about mainly through discussions on the social media. Soon after they had started, someone had posted about the initiative on Facebook, and Poacha was flooded with requests from people wanting to join them, as well as with donation offers. But Poacha would accept only donations of seva, service.

“We decided that it has to grow through compassion and not money,” Poacha says. The group now has 500 core members working for 11 hospitals in different cities.

Poacha’s project did not stop with Seva Kitchen. A couple of years later, the group came up with the idea of installing a refrigerator in hospitals which would stock healthy food — milk, juice, biscuits, fruits — that would be given out to patients and their relatives for free. CIIMS agreed to host it, members chipped in, bought one and installed it on new year’s eve, 2016.

They called it Neki ki Pitara, Box of Kindness. “Since then,” Poacha says, “almost every month we have been installing refrigerators at various hospitals.” All are paid for out of group members’ personal funds. Social workers attached to the hospitals inform Seva Kitchen volunteers when stocks run out, and volunteers refill them. “It costs between ₹5,000 to ₹7,000 to refill one; we have been doing that too without donations.” In fact, Poacha notes, smiling, “There is strong competition to refill; there have also been fights!”

Poacha hopes that the idea will spread even further. “We plan to open Neki ka Pitaras in schools for orphans and the lower-income groups.” The challenge, he says, is getting hospitals to agree; he hopes hospitals will approach the group rather than having members plead with them for space and permission.

Meanwhile, the group has come up with a food-sharing app, also called Seva Kitchen, which will help people share excess food with those who need them. Since its launch in the peak party season, the week between last year’s Christmas and January 1 this year, the app has seen just over 500 downloads and 313 registrations.

Next on the to-do list is a possible tie-up with Mumbai’s legendary dabbawallas to collect and distribute excess food.

Pavan Dahat

http://www.thehindu.com/society/cooked-with-kindness-seva-kitchen-distributes-free-food-to-patients-and-their-relatives-in-11-hospitals/article23613191.ece

WZCC Plan to help Parsi Entrepreneurs


 

 

 Mumbai, March 07, 2018: World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce – India (WZCCI) and WZO Trust Funds (WZOTF)  are delighted to announce a joint plan to support entrepreneurs / professionals / start-ups by funding selected projects in India with interest-free loans. The principal amount only would have to be returned, over a pre-determined period.

WZCCI and WZOTF would like to invite Zoroastrian Donors to please come forward to donate Rs. 5 – Rs. 25 lakhs towards creating a corpus of Rs. 5 crores to help young people to start-off their entrepreneurial careers or help small businesses reach scale.

Says Edul Davar, Global President, WZCC from New York to young Zoroastrians, “Today is the right time for the right idea and opportunities are limitless for the bold and restless who are willing to dream big, work hard and persist until they achieve success”.

Says Captain Percy M Master, WZCC President – India Region, who will drive the project in India, “With this Financing Initiative we are fulfilling a long time need to encourage the youth of our community to venture into business. Our request to Youth is to come forward with a good Business Plan. We will Guide you and Mentor you to taking the first steps to start your own  business. We are confident that this is a small beginning of something big. Please don’t miss this opportunity. We have great confidence in the future of our youth and in the glory of our community. May Ahura Mazda bless our youth and propel them to greater heights to become the stars of our Community”.

Says Mr. Dinshaw Tamboly, Chairman WZOTF, the enabling organization for this project,                  “WZO Trust Funds, have over the years encouraged, motivated and supported community members to be self-employed. Between 1995 to end March 2017 we have extended interest-free financial support up to Rs. 5,00,000/- to 1,038 individuals at 114 locations in India towards being self-employed in disciplines of their choice. The new initiative of WZCC and WZOTF working together in tandem towards a common goal promises to give a further boost to the Zoroastrian spirit of entrepreneurship lying latent in the minds of  many in our community.”

WZCC – I and WZOTF sincerely hope that a large number of well placed, India based Zoroastrians will come forward and donate sums of money to give a big boost to Zoroastrian Entrepreneurship in India. A separate fund raising drive has also been initiated in US and other parts of the world to contribute to this fund. WZCCI and WZOTF also hope that a large number of youngsters will come forward and avail of this offer by presenting well-thought through and comprehensive business plans. For more information, please contact: wzccindia@on-lyne.com | +91 9619165444 / +91 7045225939 | trustees@wzotrust.com; admin@wzotrust.com | +91 22 23684451/52/53 or USA: eduldaver@gmail.com | +1 9083974443

 

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WZCC is a global enterprise established in the year  2000 and now has 14 chapters established in Vancouver, Southern California, Houston, Chicago, Central Florida, New York, London, Tehran, Dubai, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hong Kong and Sydney. The  mission and purpose of WZCC is to  facilitate networking, enhance trade & commerce, build  the Spirit of  Entrepreneurship and thus bring economic prosperity to Zarathushtis worldwide.

 

WZOTF was established in the year 1995 at Mumbai and has a Pan India presence actively extending support to Zoroastrians in diverse areas of need, in keeping with its principles – ‘Building Confidence, Changing Lives, Creating a Strong Community’.

 

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/parsis-to-promote-and-fund-start-ups-of-youngsters-from-the-community/story-e8PVsO5JTtH7jTnpgnZVCK.html

Afternoon DC_8th March, 2018

XYZ initiates “Each One, Feed One” Program


An initiative to nourish the underprivileged children, Xtremely Young Zoroastrians’ (XYZ) Each One, Feed One’ program pledges to raise funds and provide meals to the underprivileged.  Conceptualized by Tehmurasp’s Titans (TT) volunteer, Yasmin Bhadha along with the team of XYZ Foundation the program will feed one mid-day meal to around five hundred children for a period of one year.

Speaking to Parsi Times Yasmin Bhadha said,  “As a mother, I understand the importance of good nourishment for growing children and that set me thinking about the numerous less fortunate children. How do they get access to good nutrition which their parents cannot provide? I came in contact with the Annamrita Program of ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, which provides nutritious and wholesome mid-day meals to 1.2 million children across 7 States of  India. Just the guarantee of one meal in a day, brings so many children to school daily, thus boosting classroom attendance and liberating them from the vicious circle of malnutrition and illiteracy.”

TT President, Avan Bhadha said, “When I talked to my mother, it amazed me to hear that it only takes Rs.450/- to feed one child, a nutritious meal for a full year, while these children attend school because of the promise of one meal. I realized how privileged we are and decided to talk to my friends on how we could contribute for this amazing cause.” Adding value to this, President Elect, Benafsha Vaid, said, “We are 500 XYZ members in Mumbai. So we decided each one of us can raise funds to support at least one nutritious meal for an underprivileged child, for a period of one year.”

“Social responsibility is one of the fundamental activities of XYZ. We decided that for every  donation that comes through for the Annamrita program from our XYZ  volunteers/members/or  their families,  XYZ Foundation will make a matching donation and a consolidated amount will be handed over to ISKCON   Food Relief Foundation. Every donation is eligible for 80G certificate as well,” says XYZ Founder, Hoshaang Gotla.

With a target to feed five hundred children for the next one year, XYZ needs to raise Rs. 2,25,000/-.  Since the launch of the campaign on 30th January, 2018, the team has already raised 50% of the target amount.

XYZ Appeals to the readers to contribute to this noble cause via the following:

Make an online donation through the link https://bitgiving.com/eachonefeedone

Or issue a cheque in the name of ISKCON Food Relief the Annamrita program from our Foundation

Or issue a cheque in the name of XYZ Foundation and hand it over to your group volunteer. The Tr team will manage the collections of the same.

Or the cheques can be mailed to XYZ Foundation, Thakker Building, 1st floor, Champsi Bhimji Road, Mazgaon,  Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Do send in your contributions launch of the campaign on latest by 30th March, 2018 and make a big difference in the lives of the children of our country.

Bone Marrow Transplant


“Sharmin Avari, who is a young Zoroastrian in Melbourne, Australia and a dear friend has been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia (CLL).  

The doctors have advised her that she requires a bone marrow transplant which is the best option to beat her cancer. For this Sharmin requires a matching bone marrow transplant Fromm a donor.  The doctors have informed her that the best likelihood of a match is from within the same ethnicity i.e. all the Parsees, Iranis and/or Zoroastrians in Australia and overseas.

People residing overseas as well as people residing outside Melbourne can register themselves as donors.  There is a worldwide registry for bone marrow donors and once a match is located (even from overseas) arrangements will be made by the hospital to bring the matching bone marrow to Australia if necessary. There is no cost involved for the donor.
The link at http://www.abmdr.org.au/how -to-join-2/ provides comprehensive information on bone marrow transplant organisation, patients and donors.
For those staying in Australia, the first step is to book an appointment and register with Red Cross on 13 14 95 or by contacting the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) on http://www.abmdr.org.au/how-to -join-2/.
For overseas, there are similar donor registers for each country. Refer https://share.wmda.info/displa y/WMDAREG/Database;jsessionid= C90FD1D9E21895430C219205CDBCCA 98
In the true Zoroastrian spirit of Huvarashta (Good deeds) it will be greatly appreciated if you will consider registering and becoming a donor to help one of our very own and share this message with your family, friends and the community.
For those of you who require further information, Sharmin can be contacted on sharminavari@gmail.com or on +61 432 680 630.
The Avari family send their sincere thanks in advance for your support.”
 
Thank you so much for any help and guidance on the same.
 
Regards
Meenaish Damania <meenaishd@yahoo.com></meenaishd@yahoo.com>

Aspi Sepoy Walks Again!


Dear Friends

This  video is  of Mr. Aspi Sipoy of the  Udwada Z Museum. The same Parsi gentleman who lost both of his legs because of the train accident.
He is learning to walk with prosthetic legs. Hats off to his courage and patience. May  Ahura Mazda Bless him in overcoming  his  handicap.

As a  donor towards the fund for his treatment you’d be glad to know about this, especially this THANKS Giving Day that he should soon be able to  walk again.

Rusi Sorabji

Also see : http://www.mid-day.com/articles/udvada-train-accident-limbless-aspi-sepoy-gets-back-on-his-feet/18777159

CHILDREN RAISE RS 10 LAKH FOR CANCER PATIENTS THROUGH DANCE COMPETITION


(Representative image)(Representative image)

MUMBAI: Parsi children, part of an organization called XYZ (Xtremely Young Zoroastrians) raised Rs 10 lakh for cancer patients by organizing a dance competition held on November 12. Founder of XYZ, Hoshaang Gotla, said the initiative was to make youngsters understand the power and fulfilment in service.

“Cancer is a disease that affects many people and this time it was close to home when it affected one of our own kids. Seeing his battle and his fighting spirit, we were all impressed and wanted to felicitate him along with his team mates who represented India and won medals. That led to a dance competition as a fundraiser to involve all our XYZs to put up brilliant performances and raised over ten lakhs for charity,” he said.

Each XYZ group was given different topics like the Indian Independence struggle, Festivals of India, North East India, Seasons of India, Sports in India, Rural India, Tollywood, Indian Monarchy and Weddings of India.
Nauzer Bharucha|

Thank you for your support. To view all pictures. Check out the XYZ Facebook page.

www.facebook.com/xyzfoundation.net

TATAS’ RS 1,000-CR DIWALI GIFT FOR CANCER PATIENTS


NEW HOSPITALS TO COME UP IN ASSAM, JHARKHAND, RAJASTHAN, UTTAR PRADESH AND ANDHRA PRADESH

The Tata Trusts project, which seeks to provide affordable cancer treatment in every nook and corner of the country, is being personally supervised by Ratan Tata.

Tata Trusts, led by Ratan Tata, has pledged Rs 1,000 crore and other resources to help the central government develop cancer-care facilities in five states, an initiative that promises to drastically improve access to treatment for thousands of patients.

The facilities in Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh will be created afresh or upgraded on the lines of Parel’s Tata Memorial Hospital, which attends to patients from across the country.

The hospital, the country’s top cancer-care centre, provides free or highly subsidised treatment in over 60 per cent of the cases. But the massive workload invariably leads to a long waitlist. Majority of the patients hail from struggling families which cannot afford to stay in an expensive city like Mumbai for a long time. Many quit the treatment midway. The new facilities will help tackle this problem.

According to an official in the central department of atomic energy, whose functioning is overseen directly by the Prime Minister’s Office, Ratan Tata recently shared his desire to open more affordable cancer treatment centres. He also urged Tata Group companies to chip in through their CSR programmes.

The Rs 1,000-crore aid pledged by Tata Trusts will come in the form of internal infrastructure and medical equipment. Their doctors and paramedical staff will be trained by Tata Memorial Hospital.

Tata Trusts has already signed an agreement with the Assam government for upgrading the main cancercare institute in Guwahati and adding capacity (advanced tertiary care facilities chemotherapy, radiation and surgical oncology) in hospitals in other districts. The Rs 540-crore project will be carried out in three phases.

“I am extremely delighted to have met the legendary Ratan Tata and members of the Tata Trusts for what may become a rare philanthropy government collaboration on cancer care and management,” Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on October 12. Sarma was in Mumbai at the time.

A new hospital will come up in Jaipur, Rajasthan, at the cost of Rs 200 crore. The state government there will bear most of the cost. In Ranchi, Jharkhand, Tata Trusts will be allotted 23.5 acres for a new centre. In Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, the existing Indian Railways cancer institute and research centre will be upgraded. Tata Memorial took over the facility recently. In Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, the Tirupati Balaji Temple Trust will provide 25 acres for a new facility.

“Once the new or upgraded centres start operations, patients from north India won’t have to come all the way to Mumbai for basic treatment,” said a senior doctor at Tata Memorial.

Mirror could not contact officials of Tata Trusts for comment.

The Parel hospital, which has 700 beds, treats around 67,000 new cancer patients from across the country every year and also attends to 4.5 lakh follow-up cases annually. People from the Middle East and Africa also seek medical attention here.

At a meeting with central government officials last year, experts from Tata Memorial revealed that one third of the patients hailed from north India, and discussed the possibility of opening dedicated cancer centres there to speed up treatment.