Oral tradition of Paria Mai
Oral tradition of Paria Mai
Oral tradition transmitted in the form of tales, songs, and other genres, form an important treasury of cultural heritage today. Monajats were a household tradition and helped us bond with our family and faith . Join us as Parzor rediscovers some old, and some popular tunes –
Jiyo Parsi- the Government of India’s scheme implemented by Parzor, has expanded in 5 years from a medical programme financially assisting couples who require ART, to a programme dealing with the care of elders and children, with financial assistance as well as Counselling, to ensure the Health of the Community.
At an exclusive event on 6 July at the Banaji Atash Behram Hall, Charni Road Mumbai eminent psychiatrist Dr. Pervin Dadachanji, Chief Guest, addressed the audience on the topic : ‘Yes, We Can: Marriage Myths and Reality.’
Dr Dadachanji, renowned Consultant Psychiatrist, has many decades of experience in the field of Counselling young adults and her speech was greatly appreciated.
Taking Jiyo Parsi’s attempts at Parsi matrimony further, Parzor planned an evening for the launch of a Parsi Shaadi App. This particular app is created by one of India’s leading matrimonial services Shaadi.com. They had assigned Mr Pamit Anand, VP & Business – Head, People Interactive India, Private Ltd, to launch the App at this event.
Helping Parsis Meet their Partners, is on the checklist of Jiyo Parsi. A dedicated App can empower singles, allow them to choose independently and when single-mindedly dedicated towards the Parsi Zoroastrian community, will help young adults find a suitable partner.
This app launch was followed by an interactive panel discussion entitled ‘A Wholesome Work Life Balance.’
Eminent Chairman of the Madison World Group, Mr Sam Balsara, who has been closely involved with the Jiyo Parsi initiative and prepared all the Ad Campaigns pro-bono through Madison BMB, showed his excellent understanding of the issues facing his community. Dr Anahita Pandole, Consultant Gynaecologist, spear heading the medical component of the scheme shared her experiences, while Mr Jimmy Mistry, Chairman & Managing Director, Della Group showed how to manage life, family and business successes simultaneously. While Dr Dadachanji added to the issues raised by her in her speech, the young Editor of Grazia India, Ms Mehernaaz Dhondy exemplified the ability for Parsi women to reach the heights of a professional career, alongside raising happy children.
Dr Shernaz Cama, Director, UNESCO Parzor introduced the Programme and moderated the Panel.
Ms Kritika Mudgal, Programme Coordinator, Parzor Foundation, delivered the Vote of Thanks.
The Panel then took questions from the audience and Press. The event concluded with Parsi refreshments enjoyed by all.
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Follow these steps to avail of the 3 Jiyo Parsi Care Facilities The objective of the Jiyo Parsi Care Scheme is to encourage couples to have more children and in turn increase the Parsi Population.
Scheme 1: Crèche and Child Care Support – Support to families up to maximum 24000 per month, per child – Available till the child is 8 years old – Payment is for crèche or child care giver expenses
Scheme 2: Senior Citizen Honorarium for Child Care – A capable senior citizen can care for community children – She/ He will get Z3000 as honorarium per child – Applicable up to the child is 10 years old
Scheme 3: Support to couples to help look after Elderly Dependents staying with them – 24000 per month per elder (60 years and above) residing with the couple – Available to couples whose income is below 10 lakhs p.a. – Main aim is to help the couple to either start a family or increase their number of children
Availability of Application Forms Download forms from website www.jiyoparsi.org or the Jiyo Parsi page on Facebook
Fill out all the details and courier the form to: Dr. Katy Y. Gandevia, Jiyo Parsi Programme, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Sion Trombay Road, Opp. Deonar Bus Depot., Deonar, Mumbai 400 088 (Mobile) 9819140820
The dwindling population of Parsi community nationwide has long been a cause of concern and was the primary motivation for the Jiyo Parsi scheme.
Funded by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, and conceived and promoted by Parzor Foundation of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the federation of Zoroastrian Anjumans of India, its primary aim was to aid Parsi couples facing difficulties in conceiving with IVF treatment. After a sluggish start, it has finally gained ground in Gujarat, where as opposed to just one birth two years ago, the number has now risen to around 12.
In the past four years, a total of 168 babies across the country have been born under the Jiyo Parsi scheme, considered to be an achievement by the team working on this programme. Unfortunately, Ahmedabad has only had one baby till date. “Infertility is still a taboo in Ahmedabad. Also, most Parsis are quite well off to approach us seeking financial and medical help.”
“However, the response from Surat and Navsari has been quite good. We are also trying to reach out to gynaecologists across the state, requesting them to direct Parsi couples visiting them, to us so that we can help them,” says Pearl Mistry, counsellor, Jiyo Parsi in Gujarat.
At present, the Jiyo Parsi programme is in the second phase that aims at getting Parsi men and women to rapidly marry and procreate in significant numbers. Last week, a Parsi matrimony meet was held in Ahmedabad, in which nearly 90 Parsis participated.
Under the scheme, a couples opting for IVF get reimbursement of nearly 8 lakh, covering expenses till the child is born. However, the biggest challenge is to counsel the couple as distraught couple lose patience as IVF can take multiple cycles. “Even as we encourage couples to opt for a second baby, we offer them Rs 4,000 per month for it to help cover cost of crèche for the first eight years.”
“The scheme is aimed at increasing the shrinking population and does not see a good response as most Parsi couples do not aim to have children. It is important to overcome the mindset and make them see reason. Only then there will be a change and they will go for early marriage and early kids,” says Rashna Daruwalla, manager, admissions, Anant National University, adding, “For every 200 new born, there are 800 dead. These figures are equally responsible for the decline.”