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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.



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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: 



Principal Donors





Pervin & Jal Shroff, Hong Kong

    Date                     Amount (Rs)

23.04.2020                75,90,000

04.06.2020                75,29,000

21.08.2020                74,66,000  





Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong Canton & Macao

     Date                     Amount (Rs)

29.04.2020                43,75,000

02.06.2020                37,00,000

24.07.2020                30,00,000

04.09.2020                30,00,000




Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), USA

      Date                     Amount (Rs)

19.05.2020                 5,65,875

03.06.2020                 7,11,030

15.06.2020                 7,17,767




Bai Maneckbai P. B. JeejeebhoyDeed of Settlement Fund, Mumbai

       Date                    Amount (Rs)

15.05.2020                 10,00,000




Perin & Noshir Pavri, Hong Kong

      Date                     Amount (Rs)

29.06.2020                 10,00,000 








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’.



– Dinshaw K. Tamboly


Food Scheme Run By Mancherji Edalji Joshi Memorial Trust For Poor And Infirm Zoroastrians

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.”

For further enquiries, you are also welcome to contact us on and


Donation can be sent to:


Mrs Mithoo Jesia

Jesia  Building,

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

Sethna  Building

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


Mr. Cawas S. Panthaki 
My Dear Global Zarathushti Donors, Leaders & Community Members:
We need your prompt help to urgently reach out to a Zarathushti in India who has dedicated 20-plus years of his life towards serving our Zarathushti community including our youth with impeccable integrity.
Mr. Cawas Panthaki, has been hospitalized with serious medical condition for the past 7-months.
He was admitted in the Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai and has undergone multiple surgeries with a variety of complicated procedures and invasive medical treatments.
To-date, the cost for surgeries, hospitalization and medical treatment have exceeded over
25 lacs (Indian Rupees).   That is $33,352.00 US Dollars
Cawas has exhausted the maximum cap of his medical insurance as well as all his personal and family savings.
The hospitalization bills and medical expenses are still piling up at a rate of 35,000 Rupees per day. Charitable Trusts including the BPP too have extended financial help to the extent they could.
Our Goal is To Raise $10,000 US Dollars
Out of which we have already raised $5,401 US Dollars
Through the kind courtesy of 
$3000.00 USD.   FEZANA 
$1,400.00 USD   Mehernosh Pithawalla from California
$1,001.00 USD    Shehnaz and Dorab Mistry, ZTFE (United Kingdom)
We are looking forward to raise the remainder of $4,599 USD
through the kind courtesy and magnanimity of our generous community.

You can donate online from anywhere in the world at

On the above link select “Welfare Funds”,  then “Critical Assistance” 
and in the Honor/Memory field notate ….   Cawas Panthaki
so the donation can be earmarked for this cause.

Note: All Donations To FEZANA are tax deductible ONLY for USA residents

For Zoroastrian Associations Outside of North America who prefer to send their donations directly to India
For proper guidance, Please feel free to contact Dinshaw Tamboly, Managing Trustee WZO Trust Funds at


Indian Citizens / Residents who wish to pay by Indian Debit / Credit Cards / Rupay Cards / NetBanking / Payment Walets / UPI, etc., please Click Here to contribute instantly.
For those who wish to pay by PayTM may contribute on 9892219340 – Please mention the purpose in the details.

Those willing to donate for Cawas’s treatment we would prefer if you could donate through NEFT. The details of the Beneficiary are as under:
Name: Cawas Sorabji Panthaki.
Address: 6A Hongkong House, Malcolm Baug, Jogeshwari (West), Mumbai – 400102.
Mobile No: 9820081832.
Dena Bank, Jogeshwari West Branch
Saving Account No: 020910007396
Reason: Donation.
IFSC: BKDN0460209.

After giving your donation, please inform by sending whatsapp message on mobile number 9820081832 of Cawas, your name and amount. Pl also furnish NEFT UTR NO and TR IMPS NO. to check whether payment recd.

Those who wish to get 80G exemption may pay directly to WZO Trust Funds, as mentioned above.
It is said that:
We are grateful for the gift of your kindness and graciousness to Cawas and his family. 
Incidentally Cawas’ wife too suffers from multiple ailments and until Cawas took ill, he was her caregiver.
Thank you for reaching out to Cawas with your valuable donations.
With Love, Light, Appreciation And Gratitude from
Meher Amalsad
Westminster, California, USA

17th building at Navsari called ‘Dasturji Meherji K. D. Meherjirana Memorial House’

WZO Trust Funds are happy to announce that their 17th building at Navsari called ‘Dasturji Meherji K. D. Meherjirana Memorial House’ has been completed, Jashan performed on July 26, 2020 and flats allotted to needy members of our community.

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The building has been constructed after demolishing the old building that was received by us as a bequest as per the Wills of Late Dasturji Meherji K. D. Meherjirana and Mrs. Mehru Meherji Meherjirana.

The generous Trustees of Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao funded the entire cost of construction.

Dinshaw Tamboly



A partner for nation-building

India’s voluntary sector does much more than fill gaps in the government’s service delivery system, and deserves to be recognised and treated with respect – says Noshir Dadrawalla


India’s voluntary sector, noted for its vibrancy, innovation and research-based advocacy, is an important nation-building partner for our government. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the social impact work of our NGOs has become even more visibly vital — not just in providing relief, food, clothing and shelter to those affected by the coronavirus and lockdown, but also creating a sustainable ecosystem for long-term rehabilitation of vulnerable communities.

It is rather unfortunate, therefore, that the government seems to perceive the corporate sector as enhancing the country’s economic growth and the voluntary sector as fomenting dissent and thwarting development. This erroneous perspective does not reflect the facts — voluntary organisations (VOs) contribute enormously to India’s GDP and provide livelihood to millions. Yet, as described by two new research studies from Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy in partnership with NITI Aayog, the rigours of legal compliance that VOs must currently go through in comparison to businesses create unnecessary hurdles to progress.

These reports — “A Study on the Legal, Regulatory, and Grants-in-Aid Systems for India’s Voluntary Sector” and “Regulatory Frameworks for India’s Voluntary Sector” — provide valuable insights based on the months leading up to our current time of crisis. Now, COVID-19 has provided an opportunity for VOs to further demonstrate the scope of their work and worth. Will India’s government take notice?

Instead of treating the voluntary sector with mistrust, the government should seek to empower it to promote public welfare by establishing mechanisms to consult, fund and collaborate with VOs — starting with a more enabling legal environment to enhance effectiveness.

While corporate laws have seen significant reform aimed at simplification, improving transparency and governance in sync with global trends in recent years, the voluntary sector has not seen any similar movement. India’s business startups get a number of benefits; VO startups face numerous obstacles under FCRA and CSR regulations. While the national mantra is “ease of doing business”, the government does not seem to recognise the importance of “ease of doing good”.

Instead, VOs are overregulated, facing compliance requirements so complex and multi-layered as to confound do-gooders entirely. At the state level, the regulator is the Charity Commissioner (for trusts) or Registrar of Societies (for societies) or Registrar of Companies (for Section 8 companies). At the Central level, the Income Tax Authority determines if an organisation exists for charitable purpose or not, and accordingly grants registration under section 12AA (for tax exemption) and section 80G for tax deduction (enabling a donor to enjoy 50 percent tax deduction). Additionally, the Ministry of Home Affairs is the central regulator granting registration or prior permission to any VO wanting to receive funds from any “foreign source” for a “definite cultural, economic, educational, religious or social programme”. Depending on the size, nature of work and scope of activities of the VO (e.g., the Shops and Establishments Act, GST, POSH), additional regulators have additional requirements.

All the registration and processing time to obtain tax exemptions and deductions can take up to a year. Moving processes online has helped simplify some of this work while dramatically reducing opportunities for corruption, but procedural delays remain rampant.

At the state level, India’s lack of uniformity and standardisation becomes even more confusing. Some states have excessive regulations; others have virtually none at all. For example, in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat the charity commissioner requires regular “change reports” to be filed and prior permission for buying and selling of immovable property. In contrast, the National Capital Region (Delhi) does not have a charity commissioner, nor do several other states. Therefore, it is no surprise that many new nonprofits attempt to seek registration in New Delhi or such territories, as an effort to bypass at least one regulatory authority on the list.

A trust can be registered within a matter of a few days in Delhi or Karnataka. However, in Maharashtra or Gujarat, the process could take months. Trusts registered in states other than Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan can legally bypass at least one regulating authority because most other states including the National Capital Region does not have a Public Trusts Act (a state legislation) nor the office of the charity commissioner. And societies, registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 in Maharashtra and Gujarat, are by default required to also register as trusts under the Trusts Act.

Companies seeking registration under the Indian Companies Act are required to go through a name approval process. This process ensures that there is no other company registered in India under a similar name. However, there is no such process or procedure laid down at the state level for trusts or societies. As a result, there are instances of several trusts and societies registered under the same or similar name.

Financial Year 2020-21 and beyond will be very challenging for VOs. Most public and private funding will go towards COVID-19 relief and rehabilitation; most CSR funding has been committed to the newly established PM-CARES fund. Companies or individuals opting for lower tax rates will not be able to enjoy tax deductions offered by VOs under section 80G.

Under such circumstances, should VOs consider strategies for generating income through fees for services, rather than depending solely on grants and donations? Current tax regulations, however, discourage any such efforts to pursue more sustainable funding mechanisms.

Two suggestions for the government to consider:

One, Finance Act 2020 will require every organisation registered u/s 12AA (tax exemption) and u/s 80G (tax deduction) to apply to income tax between October 1 and December 31, 2020 to revalidate existing registrations; such revalidation shall be valid for a period of five years. Considering current pressures on all sectors — government, corporate and voluntary — it would be best if the government would drop this idea, saving both voluntary organisations and the income tax authorities this unnecessary exercise.

Two, under the draft Companies (CSR Policy) Rules 2020, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has proposed that companies may carry out CSR activities through their own foundation or implementing agencies. In either case, however, the entity should be a company registered u/s 8 of the Indian Companies Act 2013. If this proposal is notified and comes into force, it will effectively eliminate the role of public charitable trusts and societies registered under the Act of 1860 in implementing CSR projects, programmes and activities on behalf of companies. Some of the oldest and the most well-known corporate foundations are registered as trusts, not as nonprofit companies. In fact, the bulk of voluntary organisations in India are registered as trusts and societies. Considering the stellar role being played by hundreds of trusts and societies across India even right now towards COVID-19 relief and rehabilitation, the government should not consider implementing this proposal.

India’s voluntary sector does much more than just fill gaps in the government’s service delivery system, and deserves to be recognised and treated with respect. By all means, the government has the right to regulate voluntary organisations. However, the regulatory laws should be uniform and enabling. A stronger voluntary sector strengthens India.

(The writer is CEO, Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy)

WZO Trusts – Covid Relief & Rehabilitation Programme – Update 02

June 01, 2020


Our last update was shared on May 10, 2020 with donors, well wishers and community members to apprise them of efforts undertaken by WZO Trusts to extend support poor Zoroastrians affected financially due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.


Our initial focus was on providing food grains to Zoroastrian families in cities, towns and villages predominantly in Gujarat, supporting Masina Hospital to set up a Porta Cabin that would be helpful in treating patients affected by the Pandemic and distributing food grains and essential items to migrants and slum dwellers at Mumbai through Pehchaan Programme of KurNiv Foundation.


On a Pan India basis we had requested Zoroastrians, employed in commercial institutions and elsewhere or those who are self-employed and affected financially by the Covid-19 Pandemic to send before May 24, 2020, details of losses suffered by them, backed up by documentary evidence to enable us to consider their requests for support.


Donations Received:

The response to our request, has as always, been met with generous support. We have till May 31, 2020 received by way of donations Rs.14,134,565 and have received some commitments for donations that will be sent to us during June / July 2020.


Whilst we thank all who have donated we express our very sincere gratitude Mrs. Pervin & Mr. Jal Shroff of Hong Kong, Trustees of Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao, FEZANA and Trustees of Bai Maneckbai P. B. Jeejeebhoy Deed of Settlement Funds, Mumbai who have been the principal donors.


Food Grains:

Food grains have been distributed so far to 715 families for which Rs. 3,767,390/= have been expended.


Applications Received:

We have received as on May 24, 2020, 703 applications on a Pan India basis from families affected by the Pandemic.


These are being scrutinized and financial disbursements will begin to be made from this week onwards to those whose requests are found to be within the laid down parameters (loss of income vis-a-vis total income, number of family members in each applicant’s household, and any other relevant factors).


I am very grateful to my colleagues Trustees, the Trust Administration & Staff, Resource Personnel located at various centres in India who have all worked extremely hard and very willing in this epic humanitarian exercise even during the lockdown when offices were closed, and transportation was extremely difficult. They have all walked the extra mile without demur for which all credit to all of them


Though much has been done, we recognise that much more is still required to be done for which we request donors and community members to extend support.


Those wishing to extend support towards this humanitarian effort may send cheques to:

The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust

C-1, Hermes House,

Mama Parmanand Marg,

Opera House,

Mumbai 400 004


Donations can also be made directly into our bank accounts, details of which are:


For remittances from within India For remittances from overseas converted into INR
Name of Bank: Deutsche Bank Name of Bank: Deutsche Bank
Branch: Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai. Branch: Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai.
Branch Address:

D B House,

Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort,

Mumbai 400 001

Branch Address:

D B House,

Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort,

Mumbai 400 001

Account title:

The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust.

Account title:

The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust – FCRA.

Account No: 400004259620019 Account No: 400004284180028
Account type: Savings Account type: Savings
  Swift Code: BKTRUS33

Donors should provide the address where their receipts should be mailed and also inform their PAN details.


  1. Donors may please note that our bankers do not accept cheques from overseas banks made in foreign currencies.
  2. Donors should provide the address where their receipts should be mailed.


We look forward to continued support from community members in the days and months to come.


Dinshaw K. Tamboly;

Chairman – The WZO Trusts.


Dinshaw K. Tamboly;








C – 1 Hermes House, 3rd Floor,

Mama Parmanand Marg,

Opera House,

Mumbai 400 004

Tel. Nos: 91 – 22 – 23684451 / 52 / 53

Navsari Samast Parsi Zoroastrian General Fund needs help

ESTD : 1870

Navsari Samast Parsi Zoroastrian General Fund

નવસારી સમસ્ત પારસી જરથોતી જેનરલ ફંડ 

5/1649, Dasturwad, Navsari – 396 445. Phone : (02637) 241007

વહાલા પારસી જરથોતી હમદીનોને નમ અરજ કરવાની કે જુના સદરા, સફેદ લેંઘા, જામા તથા જુની કસ્તીઓ જો હોય તો ડુંગ૨વાડી રૂવાનના કામ માટે જરૂરીયાત હોવાથી નવસારી સમસ્ત અંજુમનની ઓફિસ, દસ્તુરવાડમાં આપી જવા કે મોકલી આપવા મહેરબાની કરશોજી.

લિ. (યઝદી જહાંગીરજી કાસદ)

ઓન. સેક્રેટરી અને ટ્રસ્ટી.

નોંધ :- જુની કસ્તીઓની ખાસ જરૂરીયાત છે.

Relief & Rehabilitation of Zoroastrians who have been severely affected financially due to the Covid Pandemic

Dear Donors, Friends, Well Wishers,

We, World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust & WZO Trust Funds have begun to plan for relief and rehabilitation that will need to be undertaken for Zoroastrians who have been affected through loss of livelihood due to the Covid Pandemic.

A Write-up cum appeal as below is being sent to donors all over the world with a request to extend support for the many Zoroastrians, who have all been severely affected in different ways.

It is requested that generous support be considered towards this humanitarian of epic proportions.


We expect to commence once the lock down has been lifted and travel restrictions have been eased; sometime hopefully my mid-May or perhaps a bit later. We envisage it will take us around 5 months at the very minimum to complete this humongous task and look forward to receiving support.

Best wishes,






The world over, people are presently wrestling with the unprecedented implications of the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic. It is a human crisis unlike any experienced earlier.


By way of providing immediate relief during the pandemic, We, The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust and The WZO Trust Funds have played a reasonably proactive role by supporting from our own funds, Masina Hospital at Mumbai to create isolation facilities, as also recommended to and facilitated overseas donors to support this initiative, and supported the distribution of food packets through volunteers of ‘Pehchaan’ to migrant workers and slum dwellers of Mumbai suffering from hardships.


With the lockdown scheduled to be progressively lifted from mid May onwards, the time is now on hand to planning and focus on providing relief and rehabilitation to Zoroastrians who have been adversely affected economically due to the pandemic.


Given the severity of the pandemic one can foresee that once the lockdown and travel restrictions have been lifted or eased, the focus will have to be on continuing to provide relief, as well as to organize rehabilitation of Zoroastrians who have been severely affected – in cities, towns and villages. The tasks are undoubtedly extremely daunting and will require long term effort and commitment.


When the lockdown has been lifted and travel restrictions eased, it will be necessary to not only continue relief but also to plan rehabilitation strategies, as may be necessary, for Zoroastrians who are facing immense hardships as a result of the pandemic.


Providing relief is a temporary measure, whereas organizing rehabilitation is a distinctly and extremely long process that entails first counselling distressed minds to be optimistic, followed by assessing what would be the most practical and quickest manner of rehabilitating entire families who would have lost their jobs or means of livelihoods and / or suffered from illnesses during the troubled times and finally raising resources from donors that would be used to bring affected families back into the mainstream of society.


To successfully rehabilitate Zoroastrians affected by the pandemic, it will be essential that all hands (volunteers and donors) will need to be on deck, doing what they can do best to alleviate the suffering.


The main impacts of the lock down that will need to be addressed are:


1 Arranging food grains packages for Zoroastrians in cities, towns and villages who have suffered economic hardships
2 Financial difficulties being faced by families of white collar workers having received only half their regular salaries and in many cases no salaries
3 Financial difficulties being faced by families of blue collar workers not having received salaries as the factories, workshops have all had to shut down.
4 Financial difficulties being faced by individuals involved in modest Self Employment initiatives such as driving autorickshaws, commercial taxi’s, auto mechanics, stationery shops etc who have been unable to go about their professions.
5 Full time Mobeds who are not employed by Agiyaries but are daily wage earners many of who presently have no income.


6 a)    Supporting agriculturists who have been unable to harvest their standing crops that have decayed on account of non availability of labour force.

b)    Dairy Farmers having suffered financial setbacks as milk collected from their livestock’s being unable to reach the processing dairies; difficulty in obtaining feed for their cattle.

c)    Poultry farming having come to a standstill as it has not been possible to transport the fully grown fowls to processing units.

d)    Brick kilns are an industry having a short 7 month window (December to June); Zoroastrian beneficiaries who have established kilns in their villages have suffered severe financial setback as the migrant labourers have left for their native places leaving half baked and unbaked bricks causing immense hardships.


Total amount of funds required for the entire rehabilitation package as above are estimated to be in the region of Rs.13,200,000 (Rupees thirteen million two hundred thousand or Rupees one crore thirty two lakhs). The time frame for completing the work is estimated to take between four to five months.


Service to our people is the need of the times. We can at best play a proactive role by using all the means available to us in terms of manpower and by raising resources from donors.


We request individuals and institutions from all over the world, having the means and resources, to dig deep into their pockets and donate generously to enable us to undertake rehabilitation of the many Zoroastrians who have suffered untold misery during the pandemic:


Donations may please be sent by cheques to:

The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust

C-1, Hermes House,

Mama Parmanand Marg,

Opera House,

Mumbai 400 004


Donations can also be made directly into our bank accounts, details of which are:


For remittances from within India For remittances from overseas converted into INR
Name of Bank: Deutsche Bank Name of Bank: Deutsche Bank
Branch: Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai. Branch: Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai.
Branch Address:

D B House,

Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort,

Mumbai 400 001

Branch Address:

D B House,

Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort,

Mumbai 400 001

Account title:

The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust.

Account title:

The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust – FCRA.

Account No: 400004259620019 Account No: 400004284180028
Account type: Savings Account type: Savings
  Swift Code: BKTRUS33

Donors should provide the address where their receipts should be mailed and also inform their PAN details.



Donors should provide the address where their receipts should be mailed.


We look forward to receiving support from community members from all over the world that will facilitate our undertaking and completing this gigantic humanitarian exercise.


Very Sincerely,

Dinshaw K Tamboly;



Dinshaw K. Tamboly;


C – 1 Hermes House, 3rd Floor,

Mama Parmanand Marg,

Opera House,

Mumbai 400 004

Tel. Nos: 91 – 22 – 23684451 / 52 / 53

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