“WE THINK SOMETIMES THAT POVERTY IS ONLY BEING HUNGRY, NAKED, AND HOMELESS.
THE POVERTY OF BEING UNWANTED, UNLOVED, AND UNCARED FOR IS THE GREATEST POVERTY.
WE MUST START IN OUR OWN HOMES TO REMEDY THIS KIND OF POVERTY.”
- MOTHER TERESA
DOME - NSCI Covid Jumbo Facility
On receiving donations and requests from donors to utilise the funds for Covid -19 and on conferring with the doctor at the DOME - NSCI Covid Jumbo Facility, the Time and Talents Club donated.
1. 188 vials of Clexane 0.6 ml injections which is used for Covid 19 treatment. It is an anti coagulant which helps prevent pulmonary embolism, a complication of Covid 19.
2. 235 vials of monocef 1 mg injections which is used to treat typhoid like diseases.
Anyone interested in knowing more about the work that we do and/or in donating may do so at: https://timeandtalentsclub.charity
On the 6th of August our Welfare Committee distributed food care parcels at the Gadge Dharamshala, Dadar, Mumbai. The care package included rice, tea, sugar, dal, biscuits and soaps. The dharamshala houses over 175 needy cancer patients who come from all parts of India for treatment to the Tata Memorial hospital in the city. With the invaluable support and generosity of people like you, we can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. A small contribution of even five hundred rupees will bring much appreciated relief to such needy patients.
The Time & Talents Club donated approximately 150 medicinal packages for underprivileged patients at Bhatia Hospital Mumbai on 18th August 2020. Each packet contains Vit C & Zinc supplements that will last an individual for 50 days, which are vital for immunity and recovery post discharge from the hospital. Even a modest donation of five hundred rupees can buy needy patients a weeks supply of life saving medical support.
The Projects Committee focuses it’s attention on rural and tribal communities who lack basic infrastructure. Clean drinking water, rainwater harvesting, infrastructure for irrigation and sustainable agriculture, renewable energy sources such as solar power and health & sanitation efforts such as building lavatories, have been some of the key foci of this committee
Over 35 villages have benefited from the Projects Committee’s efforts, which have not only helped to create direct streams of income for the community, but also focused on empowering rural women to start small scale enterprises. The Projects Committee proactively supports the welfare of rural women and their education.
The Projects Committee has provided education and vocational training for women to learn tailoring to bring incremental income into their households. The project ensures that the women are adequately trained and receive a diploma in tailoring, whereby they can avail of a subsidy to invest in their own sewing machines.
This way they set up their own tailoring businesses and become self-sufficient. The club has also imparted training to several farmers to teach them how to diversify and increase their yield. From diversifying the crop itself to implementing sustainable agriculture and irrigation methods, today they grow a variety of fruit, flowers and produce that they can sell back into the market.
Clean and hygienic drinking water is an essential natural resource, and the rainwater harvesting projects that have been executed have been a resounding success. Not only have they provided clean drinking water to the community, but also facilitated sanitation and hygiene with the construction of proper toilet and sanitation facilities. The club has funded water filters in over 225 homes across three different villages where potable drinking water was not available.
As an extension to water-related infrastructure, sustainable development is on the rise. Recent projects in existing communities include solar lighting, tree-planting, and medical camps, especially for young children.
Some of our sustainable development initiatives include:
- Rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems
- Smokeless chullahs (stoves)
- Sanitation & hygiene (clean toilets)
- Solar lighting and sustainable energy devices (LED lights)
- Sustainable agriculture infrastructure, training and equipment
- Vocational training and skill development (tailoring for rural women, who get a diploma, and can then avail of a government subsidy to buy their own sewing machines and generate incremental revenue from tailoring).
- Women’s empowerment and self-help groups
- Community centres and community development
- Medical camps for anaemia, malnutrition, and ocular diseases
- Purification units for potable drinking water
- Transportation infrastructure for school children
The aim of the Projects committee is to put initiatives and infrastructure in place that makes these rural communities self sufficient, diversifies their revenue streams, and increases their sources of income. It also works closely with various communities and their leaders to create a healthy, safe and hygienic environment for every member of the community, and to educate one another on these issues.
Not only have the efforts of the Projects committee helped to create incremental revenue for each community, initiatives such as the strategic rainwater harvesting infrastructure cuts down on the costs of buying water from middlemen.
The Women’s Empowerment Project has facilitated the formation of new Self-Help Groups among rural women as well, which have not only enhanced their economic status but also their self-esteem. These women are now directly empowered to earn their own revenue independently and make their own financial contribution back to their individual households.
Rural infrastructure for drinking water supply, safe transportation for school-going children, and timely medical aid and assistance, has not only enhanced the lifespan but also the quality of life for the entire community exponentially.
In addition to subsistence farming, the sustainable agriculture, soil-testing, irrigation and multi-cropping initiatives have resulted in farmers selling excess produce to the local markets, and diversifying into other income generating streams, such as floriculture.
In this manner, the entire community’s skillset grows, it sows seeds of inspiration and hope, and every member of the community reaps the benefits.
The welfare committee works closely with the aged, destitute, disadvantaged and physically challenged, across a wide age group, to organize a series of uplifting, enjoyable and rejuvenating activities for them.
From young children in schools and orphanages, to senior citizens in old age homes, the welfare committee works tirelessly with a wide range of people across different communities, societies and age-groups.
The welfare committee brings the phrase “sharing is caring” to life. Not only do they tirelessly raise funds to support a variety of entertainment, and even holidays, for those who can’t afford it, they also give up their personal time to roll out a constant calendar of uplifting activities.
By sharing time, resources and immense love they infuse a deep spirit of joy and wellbeing into the lives of those who need it most, infusing an immense spirit of joy and wellbeing into our society.
The Welfare committee organises a series of fundraising efforts including sales to fund a variety of activities including two holidays per year for up to 20 deserving individuals.
Food parcels, supplies and household items are circulated to deserving individuals in Widows’ homes, hospices, and similar institutions. Children, in particular, are the recipients of enormous care, love and generosity.