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Bridging the divide

Jyoti Sachade collects new and old jewellery—of every kind—and distributes them to girls from orphanages. She also distributes donated appliances to the have-nots

“I collect anything people want to donate—new and old, even artificial jewellery,” says Jyoti Sachade. “When girls from orphanages go to school, they see their classmates wearing jewellery. Jewellery for these children is considered an extravagance, but it certainly is not. You should see the shine in their eyes when they receive the donated jewellery. That joy satisfies me.”

Ms Sachade started her work in 2007 with the registration of Mamata Charitable Foundation. Her initial motivation was to channel the surplus from the haves to the have-nots who could not even meet basic needs. Beginning with her own belongings and donations of toys and clothes from friends, the huge response has resulted in 110 tempo-loads of despatches until now. The articles have gone primarily to organisations that do not receive government grants and to people who need them the most. Orphanages, old-age homes, adivasis, HIV+ patients, the mentally retarded, destitute children, polio patients and several others are the beneficiaries. They are located all over Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi, and cities like Mumbai, Jabalpur, Varanasi. Baba Amte’s ashrams have also been recipients.

All donations are welcome: furniture, utensils, cycles, food grains, clothes, household appliances (such as TVs, fridges, ovens), toys, games, books in any language, stationery, medicines, medical aids, showpieces—anything at all which is in usable condition. Ms Sachade maintains a record of all donations received. She checks if the proposed recipient is genuine and notes their present and future requirements. What is received, who gives, and how much cannot be predicted. When she receives donations that match the recipient’s requirement, they are forwarded appropriately. People usually donate on special occasions such as festivals, births, marriages and death anniversaries. “I am a bridge between the rich and the poor,” says Ms Sachade.

Several other activities are undertaken by the Foundation. Ms Sachade conducts free computer classes for underprivileged children. She has set up a library for them. Another ongoing activity is a literacy drive for adults. ‘Ajobaanchi Aaraam Kurchi’ (grandparents’ easy chair) is a proposed day-care centre for the elderly. Employing a caretaker to look after the elderly at home does not guarantee safety; nor can everyone afford it. She is looking for funds to start the facility with all the required comforts—cots, mattresses, indoor games, space for taking walks, TVs, etc.

Ms Sachade also proposes to start facilities for the mentally- and the physically-challenged after she finds a bigger place. She also wants to start a self-employment scheme where sewing machines are provided, donated fabric is stitched and then distributed among orphans. A future plan is to provide ambulance services. The Foundation is on the lookout for larger premises for these activities. Since its inception, Ms Sachade’s three-bedroom flat has been the centre of activity and storage space of donated items. With exponential growth of the Foundation’s activities, the space is now inadequate. Additional space is required as is a corpus fund for financing the Foundation’s work. Cash donations that contribute to the corpus are now accepted.

The donations in kind required are: sugar, cooking oil, milk powder, dal, chana and bathing soap. Unstitched cloth is needed throughout the year.

Ms Sachade maintains meticulous accounts of all donations to ensure transparency of transactions. Though essentially a one-woman operation, she has people to provide administrative and caregiver assistance.

All donations to the Foundation are exempt under Section 80 (G) of the Income-Tax Act. People can also make donations online to Bank of Maharashtra; A/c name: Mamata Charitable Foundation;
A/c No. 60028676264; IFSC No.-MAHB0001208.

Mamata Charitable Foundation

A/4 Dhanlaxmi Park,
Right Bhusari Colony, Paud Road, Pune – 411 038
Tel: 98225 42419
www.mamatacharitablefoundation.com
[email protected]

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