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Teams – Empowering Mobeds & WZO Trusts
Saturday October 24, 2020 was indeed a dark day, not only on account of the Pandemic but more so that Er. Zahan Meherzad Turel, all of 14 years young, a shining star of our Mobedi clan, suffered severe (48.5%) burns injuries whilst performing the ‘boi’ ceremony at Goti Adarian, Surat.
After being administered basic treatment young Zahan was rushed to Masina Hospital at Byculla, Mumbai, where he was given treatment for an extended period of time and thereafter discharged on Monday, January 04, 2021.
Fortunately for Er. Zahan Turel, he received excellent treatment at the Burns Unit of Masina Hospital and is well on his way to recovery.
Such a grisly mishap is not the first such incident that our Mobeds have had to contend with whilst tending to our revered fires. It is beyond imagination that in this day and age our Mobeds continue to perform religious ceremonies without a modicum of protection.
The incident triggered off intense discussions amongst the core group of Team Empowering Mobeds (a joint initiative of WZO Trust Funds and Athornan Mandal). After proactive discussions where various options were considered it was finally decided to have ‘Jamas, Padan & Hand Pockets (for Boiwala Mobeds to wear when inside the kebla) made from fire retardant fabric that would provide reasonable safety to our Mobeds whilst carrying out various religious ceremonies.
Over the last few months, experiments were undertaken to test fire retardant fabrics that would provide safety to Mobeds in case of embers landing on their ‘Jamas, Padan & Hand Pockets’.
Trials have been conducted, where Mobed Volunteers have worn Jamas made from different fabrics of thickness comparable to existing Jamas (on which the fire retardant process would be added later on) to test the comfort levels.
A well wisher Mr. Viraf Sohrabji Mehta who was keenly interested in the project coordinated the exercise with Ms. Firoza Karani, Director of Casablanca Apparels Pvt. Ltd., in having samples made and trials done for which we are most grateful to both of them.
It has now been decided to place an order for manufacturing 800 sets each of ‘Jamas & Padans and 200 sets of hand pockets with Casablanca Apparels Pvt. Ltd., a well known garment manufacturing unit established in 1993 that manufactures a variety of garments for both domestic and export markets.
As fire retardant fabric is not available off the shelves, Casablanca Apparels have placed an order with Arvind Mills, Ltd., to produce the minimum quantity required. The fire-retardant fabric is expected to be ready by mid-June 2021, and the final product ready for distribution sometime between mid to end July 2021. A set each will be offered gratis to practicing Mobeds for their use, should they be interested.
After the fabric has been manufactured, appropriate certificates of the fabric having Fire retardant properties will be obtained from Arvind Mills, the manufacturers of the fabric, as well as Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) an international inspection agency that inspects Apparels, Machinery, Medicines etc, before shipments.
High Priests, Dasturji Dr. Firoze M. Kotwal, Dasturji Khurshed K. Dastoor, Dasturji Keki P. Ravji Meherjirana, Senior Mobed Aspandiar Dadachanji, have all been informed about the initiative and their approval received.
After using the initial set, if Mobeds are satisfied in all respects, it will be for them, or their Agiary Trustees / Panthaki’s to procure additional sets from the manufacturers against payment. A suitable system will be put into place that will make it convenient to procure future supplies.
The ever-generous Trustees of Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao have committed to make funds available for this initiative through WZO Trust Funds which will facilitate the initial production from fire retardant fabric of 800 Jamas 800 Padans and 200 pairs of Hand Pockets.
Mobeds, Panthakies and Trustees of Agiarys wishing to accept sets of Jamas & Padans and Hand Pockets made from fire retardant fabric are requested to contact and coordinate with:
Er. Hormuz A. Dadachanji,
D. E. Mithaiwala Agiary,
Opp. Grant Road Station (West),
Telephone Contact (+91) 9820493812
It is clearly understood, implicitly agreed to and accepted by the Mobeds using attire made from Fire Retardant fabric that the initiative taken by Empowering Mobeds & WZO Trusts and funded by Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao has been undertaken solely with the intent of providing safety to our Mobeds.
Empowering Mobeds, WZO Trusts or The Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao, their Trustees and members will under no circumstances be held responsible or liable should the product malfunction / is found ineffective / does not offer protection / or causes any other complications.
It is also reiterated that The Trustees / Members of Empowering Mobeds, WZO Trusts or The Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao have no commercial / pecuniary benefit from this project.
Dinshaw K. Tamboly;
C – 1 Hermes House, 3rd Floor,
Mama Parmanand Marg,
Mumbai 400 004
Tel. Nos: 91 – 22 – 23684451 / 52 / 53
UPDATE ON Er. ZAHAN TUREL
WHO SUFFERED FROM BURNS INJURIES.
– Team WZO Trusts.
Community members are aware that 15 year young Mobed Zahan Turel suffered from burns injuries on 24th October 2020 when his jama caught fire whilst performing the Rapithvan Geh boi ceremony at Goti Adarian, Surat.
Since WZO Trust’s used their good offices to raise funds from institutions and individuals, details of injuries, treatment, donations and expenditures are being shared in the public domain by way of accountability towards donors.
Injuries & Treatment:
After a short stint of a few hours at a local hospital at Surat for immediate treatment Er. Zahan was transferred to Masina Hospital at Mumbai on 25th October 2020 under the care of burns & plastic surgery specialists – Dr. Suhas Abhyankar and Dr. A. M. Vartak.
Er. Zahan was found to have suffered 48.50% severe and deep burns on his entire upper body, neck, both hands, ears. Doctor’s informed that first 3 weeks were critical and saving Zahan from any sort of infection was the only priority. Fortunately his face and legs were not damaged. Doctor conveyed that probably the entire affected body would need skin grafting which would be a very long haul process. Three graftings were expected to be done.
At the time of admission Er. Zahan tested Covid Positive and was immediately moved to Covid ICU for isolation. This hindered treatment for a few days as the plastic surgeon and burns specialist were not allowed to enter COVID ward. After intense treatment his Covid report came negative and was again shifted to Normal ICU on 5th November 2020.
During his stay at Masina Hospital, Er. Zahaan was given treatment which included two skin grafting surgeries performed on 21st November 2020 and 16th December 2020. Er. Zahaan was discharged from Masina Hospital on 4th January 2021.
Post discharge his daily massage and dressings are being done in Mumbai. Currently there are few patches left to be healed which are expected to heal in due course of time.
Daily dressing is still to be done till the skin stabilizes, which is expected to continue for 2 months from the date of discharge.
In the near future Er. Zahan will have to wear pressure garments for two to three years.
Daily occupational therapy is presently being undertaken at Masina Hospital’s Occupational Therapy Centre. He continues to receive regular counseling.
There is every possibility that Er. Zahan may also require reconstructive surgeries and / or cosmetic surgery sometime in the future.
Though Er. Zahan is unable to sit for long period of time, he has decided to appear for his school board exams and has started gradual preparations for the same.
Expenses as on 22nd January 2021:
Rs. 53,000: initial treatment at Surat Hospital.
Rs.30,34,000: treatment at Masina Hospital.
Donations & Insurance:
Rs. 6,00,000: From a donor who has paid directly to Masina Hospital.
Rs. 6,00,000: From insurance company.
Rs. 9,00,000: From various donors who have paid directly to Er. Zahan’s family.
Rs. 43,78,781: Raised by WZO Trust’s from donors within India.
Rs. 53,47,941: Raised by WZO Trust’s from donors overseas.
WZO Trust’s are holding Rs.77,26,722 on behalf of funds raised by them and will be handing over the amount soon to Er. Zahan Turel’s family for his continuing treatment, as well as possible further treatment at Shriner’s Children Hospital at Boston (USA) modalities and logistics of which are being worked out.
WZO Trusts profusely thank institutions and individuals who have collectively contributed towards this humanitarian effort and pray that young Zahan will quickly overcome the set back, rejoin the mainstream, continue to serve the community, and be blessed with a sound future.
Marzy Parakh, 36
Restaurateur And Founder Of Live To Give
Inida has just five hospital beds per 10,000 Indians, according to a study by the Human Development Report. The results show that out of 167 countries, India ranks 155 in access to healthcare. No surprise then that there was a mad scramble for expert medical treatment a month into the Coronavirus infection outbreak. Marzy Parakh, a restaurateur and philanthropist, remembers the time all too well. As the founder of a WhatsApp group called Live to Give (LTG), which encourages users to participate and donate to the source directly, he was flooded with enquiries. “The outbreak was too sudden. People were clueless about which hospitals were admitting COVID-19 patients. If they’d call on the hospital number, there would be a long wait.”
In April, he launched a helpline by tapping his network of doctors, hospital staff and citizens, with 15 volunteers from LTG. “We divided city hospitals amongst us; one person would be in charge of, around 10. Whenever someone would call in with a request, we would check with our sources and get back in five minutes.” They also had a dedicated team for ambulance bookings. All a caller had to do was send their details, and Parakh’s team would be able to book a bed, an ambulance and even ascertain whether the individual would need a cardiac or a regular ambulance. It did not stop at booking alone. There was a special team handling follow-ups. “We had two groups, one called SOS for hospitalisation, and the other, which we christened, Here To Stay, for follow-ups. The volunteer would call up the hospital every day, speak with the doctor to find out how the patient was faring and then inform the relatives, because there were times when family members weren’t able to get through to the hospital,” he says, adding that they have even facilitated video calls between doctors and family members. Being a 24×7 helpline, Parakh says, they would receive calls in the wee hours. “We had to wake up hospital trustees and doctors to get things done. There were cases when patients needed ventilators and critical care, and you can’t afford a delay.”
With the infection cases in Mumbai under control, the group is now focusing on adopting destitutes. Through the LTG group, they raise funds for their admission in elder care facilities. “Similarly, the volunteers periodically make calls to the person. The family has abandoned them, but there’s a volunteer, who is a stranger, caring for them. It restores your faith in humanity.”
Our dear Shahpur was introduced to us by our aunt Ruby Contractor in 1983 when they visited India with others to create awareness about the establishment of WZO.
Since then our friendship with Shahpur blossomed into a very close and fulfilling relationship. It was Shahpur’s vision that WZO undertake community welfare work in India and it was solely due to his enthusiasm, support and guidance that we took the first tentative steps to establish the WZO Trusts in India.
It was our good fortune that in the initial years we had Shahpur to fall back on whenever we needed guidance and support. He regularly visited India once every year till 2007 to visit with us, villages in Gujarat, meet beneficiaries and view the transformation taking place in their lives.
The humble Parsi farmers remember Shahpur even at present and consider him to be one of their benefactors. Their prayers will resonate with those of many others for the smooth transition of his soul from the physical to spiritual realms.
We extend to Shahpur’s wife Inderjit and daughter Armaity our deepest and sincere condolences.
Rest In Peace Dear Friend.
From Bachi & Dinshaw Tamboly
I am VERUSHKA KARL SHROFF, 14 years old & in Grade 9 at JNIS, Mumbai. This campaign of mine aims to build “Pakka houses” for tribals at WADA, Palghar district (1.5 hours from Mumbai).
#Barely 100 km away from Mumbai, in the villages of Wada, Palghar Taluka is a tribal settlement.
#They live in huts made of wood, thatch, and mud. The homes are very flimsy.
#Their washrooms are a structure that has 4 small bamboo sticks that are thatched.
#These homes give way during the monsoons & offer no protection against rodents, snakes, etc.
#Their quality of life and health also suffers.
They need better homes like the one above. Let us come together and make it happen. The cost to make a proper house is INR 2.25L. Net of govt subsidies and funding from Rotary clubs a deficit amount of INR 40000 is needed.
- The Rotary District 3141 has taken up a target to build 500 houses in the village.
- The families will get a concrete house made of brick & mortar and a separate toilet.
- Government of India, under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G),’ has offered INR 1.2L as a subsidy for them to construct houses and toilets.
- The houses will be made with the assistance of the panchayat and the DC’s office.
Rotary is now building low-cost homes with an area of 290 sq feet. It has a room, a kitchen and a toilet. This will dramatically change the lives of tribal families in Palghar.
The above picture shows a house being constructed.
I am VERUSHKA KARL SHROFF , 14 years old & in Grade 9 at JNIS, Mumbai.
I was surprised to learn about the plight of tribals located just 1.5 hours from Mumbai. They live in poverty and also in extremely deplorable conditions. They are financially not in a position to make proper homes. This was their plight before COVID-19 and now it must be far worse. By building concrete homes, we’re ensuring they at least have a proper shelter and a proper toilet for life. This will dramatically change their lives.
What also motivated me was the cost. Just INR 40000 is what is required to change their lives as the balance amount is being taken care off by the govt and Rotary clubs. Let’s come together and give them a secure future with a home. Please fund and support my campaign. Pl also do share this on your social media and spread the word – it matters.
A HOME THAT IS BEING FINISHED:
The ongoing Novel Corona – 19 Virus known as Covid Pandemic has since late March 2020 been playing havoc with lives of millions in India and rest of the world.
We Zoroastrians too have not been spared. A few thousand of our minuscule community have suffered tremendously, by way of loss of loved ones, loss of livelihood, be it in form of employment, business, loss of agriculture, dairy, poultry produce; with places of worship remaining shut on account of lockdown, our Priests too have suffered immense hardships due to loss of incomes.
Fortunately for our community, we have a very solid history embedded in our psyches that has always brought out at all times, the finest spirit of compassion and philanthropy which has once again manifested during the current pandemic as well.
On requests sent by World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust and WZO Trust Funds to donors worldwide to provide support for Zoroastrians affected by the Pandemic and those in various forms of economic distress, the response has been phenomenal, with a total of Rs.4,31,14,532 having been received as on September 09, 2020.
Of the total of Rs.4,31,14,532, five donors have contributed Rs.10,00,000 and above viz:
Pervin & Jal Shroff, Hong Kong
Date Amount (Rs)
Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong Canton & Macao
Date Amount (Rs)
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), USA
Date Amount (Rs)
Bai Maneckbai P. B. JeejeebhoyDeed of Settlement Fund, Mumbai
Date Amount (Rs)
Perin & Noshir Pavri, Hong Kong
Date Amount (Rs)
The balance amount of Rs.24,59,860 has been received from multiple donors who have contributed towards the humanitarian effort.
WZO Trusts’ extend their heartfelt and sincere gratitude to each and every one of our donors for the munificent support they have extended for this humanitarian cause and continue to do so.
It is such largesse that has enabled the WZO Trusts’ to reach out to assist community members in various forms of distress due to the pandemic, and will continue in the months to come.
Without the support of donors it would not have been possible for WZO Trusts’ to undertake multifarious community centric welfare activities over the last 29 years.
The real measures of men are not determined by what they have done or achieved, but by what they have given. In this regards our Zoroastrian philanthropy has proved time and again that it is second to none.
The true spirit of the words of John Wesley, 18th century theologian:
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can” are aptly reflected by the indomitable energy of Zoroastrian philanthropy that has persevered over centuries.
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
WZO Trusts’ are very grateful to all donors, big & small, for the confidence reposed and continuous support extended in diverse facets of community welfare.
Our Donors are truly the ‘Champions of Philanthropy’.
Dear Members of our respected Zoroastrian Community,
The Managing Trustees of Mancherji Edalji Joshi Memorial Trust Wishes all our dear Zoroastrian Brethren A Very Happy and Healthy Navroze and Khordad Sal, in health and happiness with your dear ones. And may DAADAAR keep Covid-19 at safe distance from you and your dear ones. The last 5 months have been extremely difficult for the entire human race in general and our community in particular. Never ever human beings have gone through such terrible, terrifying and challenging times. I am sure, DAADAAR has been and will be kind to our brethren and the community comes out of the pandemic safely. Friends. It has also been very difficult times for the MEJMT. Due to lockdown, we were unable to reach out to Members of the Food Scheme, as travel to most areas in city was prohibited. And also taking into consideration the safety of the delivery boys.
However, we are pleased to inform that the Food Scheme has picked up in the month of July, with delivery to near locations. And we are sure, by end of July we will reach 100% of our Food Scheme Members. Also Food Distribution, monthly ration to needy families has also started from May / June 2020.
We are once again approaching all Zoroastrian Brethren for donation towards the ‘FOOD SCHEME’ which we run for old and infirm Members of our Community.
There are many old and infirm members in our community, neglected by the Society, some of them by their own children and family, and who 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 to eat, and depend on their neighbours to bring some food for their survival. The Food Scheme is run by Mancherji Edalji Joshi Memorial Trust, to feed such old and poor infirm of our community, which not only supervises the cooking of the food, but also deliver the same to the community members through Dabbawallas.
We are fortunate enough to get good donations past many year, which has helped us run the above Facility for deserving Zoroastrians.
Today the Trust provides 74 Old and Infirm, 6 Parsi Girl Students in J B Vachha School and 5 Parsi Boys from Gujarat, staying in Modi Hostel with daily meals to 23-26 Nassessers / Khandias with Breakfast, and 34 families are provided with monthly Food Grain Ration.
The annual expenses of running the Food Scheme for above deserving members of the community comes to Rs 38 Lakhs.
As on 31st December 2019, the cost of feeding all the members of the Food Scheme for one day comes to Rs 10,500.
Your generous contribution will help us in reaching out to our poor brethren.
Our Trust is a Public Registered Trust, registered with the Charity Commissioner, under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961.
The Trust Accounts are duly audited and filed with the Charity Commissioner and every donor, small or big, is issued a receipt.
We also provide 80G Tax Exemption certificate so that Donors can avail of IT reduction towards the donated amount, while filing their tax returns.
On behalf of the Trust, I appeal for your generous support to our Food Scheme.
Your donations can be made by Cheque in favour of “MANCHERJI EDALJI JOSHI MEMORIAL TRUST.”
Donation can be sent to:
|Mrs Mithoo Jesia
797 Jam E Jamshed Road
Parsi Colony, Dadar (E),
Mumbai 400 014
Ph : 2414 9571
|Mrs. Tina Patel
623, Marker Mansion,
Lady Jehangir Road
Parsi Colony, Dadar (E)
Mumbai 400 014
Ph : 2415 1354
|Mr H N Daruwalla
2/689, Dinshaw Master Road
Parsi Colony Dadar (E)
Mumbai 400 014
Ph : 2411 2330/ 91 98200 94243
Request all to kindly give widest possible publicity to this appeal, by forwarding the same to your family members and friends, to get maximum support to this noble cause.
We have now added a new scheme into our Food Scheme. We have started a facility now, where in, Donors desiring to donate food on a particular day, may be a happy occasion in the family, Birthday, Navjote, or a Lagan, or a remembrance day, can do so. We will distribute the Food to the Food Scheme Members, on a particular day from your donation and communicate the members accordingly.
Hoping to receive favourable response from you to our appeal.
Wishing you all once again Happy Navroze and Khordad Sal.
Thanking you and With Kind Regards.
Homi N Daruwalla.
Mob No + 91 98200 94243
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Name: Cawas Sorabji Panthaki.
Address: 6A Hongkong House, Malcolm Baug, Jogeshwari (West), Mumbai – 400102.
Mobile No: 9820081832.
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