Promoting Gender Equality Empowering Women

Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering women

Supporting women’s rights to health, education, dignity and self-reliance should be at the core of every society. So far, over 30,000 women have been helped through our programmes. Our work provides vocational and farming training to help women become self-reliant while also providing healthcare, educational and welfare support to underprivileged women. 

Over 200 girls who found it difficult to get to school were given 200 bicycles. More than 600 widows have been supported with groceries and other essentials. 

Menstruation is still a taboo in many parts of our country. To help menstruating women, we have created period-positive homes where they can feel safe, happy, healthy, motivated, and increase their self-reliance with various skill development activities every month. On World Menstruation Day, Finolex and MMF provided over 7,000 women with sanitary napkins and education about good hygiene practices.

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Supported 50 helpless elders with basic needs at Gozariya, Mehsana in Gujarat

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

During the ‘Give With Dignity’ programs in 2020 and 2021, we supported helpless elders with Dignity Kits. Following an appeal from Shree Dandhavya Chhasatha Prajapati Samaj this year, we offered blankets, bed sheets, towels, shawls and walking sticks to 50 elderly people.

While we made these requirements available, Mr Chirag Pagdhar and Mr Paresh Prajapati, who represent Finolex in Ahmedabad, visited the aged and handed over the materials.

Prajapati Samaj Trust and the elderly recipients of these materials expressed their gratitude and thanked us for our support during the festive season.

  • FIL representative supported helpless elders with Dignity Kits

  • Customers at MMF stall

SHGs, local artisans and other NGOs showcase their products at Yellow Ribbon Fair, Pune

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

We strongly believe that post the pandemic, it has become essential to support and encourage small businesses and institutions to ensure that they thrive holistically. So, we offer various kinds of support to a few institutes, ranging from monthly ration, therapy, skilling and livelihood opportunities, training, market links and much more. Our aim across our skilling initiatives is to ensure end-to-end support; not just train individuals but also link them to market opportunities.

The Yellow Ribbon Fair is an annual event held in Pune at Creaticity Mall in Yerwada, Pune, prior to Diwali. This unique platform brings together the collective work of NGOs, artisans and SHGs (self-help groups) across India and provides them with an opportunity to learn, share, network, generate new ideas and create an awareness about marketing trends in urban and rural markets.

We participate in this fair every year by supporting various NGOs who showcase their products here. This year, various items like candles, bags, homemade pickles, local delicacy flour, handicrafts, earthen lamps, lights and other items procured from 6 NGOs were showcased at the fair.
Some of the organisations we support had participated in The Yellow Ribbon Fair.

The Aniket Sevabhavi Sanstha is a home to provide refuge, rehabilitation, education and most importantly, a place to call home for the children of that section of society who are deemed ‘mentally retarded’, rejected, and ruthlessly abandoned by the poorer socio-economic strata.

Aniket Sevabhavi Sanstha exhibited handmade products like diyas, rangoli, agarbattis, torans, gel candles, flower candles and tea light candles.

Snehalaya supports the education and rehabilitation of children with Cerebral Palsy and multiple disabilities. Snehalaya Rehabilitation Centre exhibited handmade candles, woollen dresses, doormats, diyas for Diwali, greeting cards, macramé bags, hair bands, aprons, torans and earrings.

We have been supporting skill development and livelihood projects in Gujarat, Varanasi and Maharashtra. The women from these centres had put together pickles, bags, local masalas, potlis and festive jewellery.

And there are a few personal success stories behind the scenes too.

We offer support to children with Cerebral Palsy by providing them therapies, livelihood support, vocational training and surgeries at the Foundation’s ten rehabilitation centres. One of them, namely Arpita Shevde from Satara, has been able to rise on her feet after the Foundation helped her with therapy and surgery. The Foundation then provided her with a sewing machine and fabric so that she could earn a livelihood by stitching cloth bags. Her bags were showcased at The Yellow Ribbon Fair; a proud moment for both Arpita and the Foundation.

Inmates from the mental hospital in Yerwada provided paper plates, cereal, lights, cane baskets and other small trinkets to be showcased at this fair. These products were made by those receiving therapy at the hospital.

Recognition at the 35th anniversary event held by the Police Mitra Sanghatana in Maharashtra

On the 35th anniversary of Police Mitra Sanghatana in Maharashtra, an official programme was organised by them to felicitate officers in the Police Department and organisations working in the social sector. It was a proud moment for FIL and MMF as they recognised our extensive work in the social services space across India.

Our contributions were appreciated in the presence of Shri ND Patil, Jt Commissioner of Police in Pune, Shri Rohit Pawar Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Shri Mohan Joshi Indian Politician, and Rajendra KapoteState president of police mitra sanghatna during the ceremony. The Police Mitra Sanghatana highlighted our support for providing helmets and computers to the Police Force in Pune and Ahmednagar, as well as to the jail authorities in Ahmednagar, Solapur, Satara, Pune, and Kolhapur.

  • Felicitated by the award given by Police Mitra Sangatan

  • MMF team members tied Rakhi To the Army Jawans

Acknowledging the efforts of armed forces, law and order officials and frontline workers on Raksha Bandhan

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

Celebrating unity and affection, Raksha Bandhan has been observed for many years now by Indians across the world as a means to express their emotions more than a ritual or tradition. On the occasion this year, FIL and MMF jointly decided to appreciate the services of law-and-order officials like soldiers, and policemen, apart from other communities like front-line workers and students.

The speciality this year were the Rakhis made by our project beneficiaries which included children with Cerebral Palsy and Thalassemia, rural women who are associated with the Finolex Skilling Centres in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra and Masar, Gujarat, inmates at the Mental Hospital in Pune, and our students at the Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya in Ratnagiri. Locations, where the rakhis were sent to the armed forces, included Rajasthan, Leh-Ladakh and Siachen along with the Coast Guard office and Police Station in Ratnagiri. Other locations included the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune, 7 different schools in Masar Gujarat and the Remand Home in Ratnagiri.

With over three thousand such Rakhis distributed, we also organised an event at the Military Station in Aundh, Pune where differently-abled children from our beneficiary projects along with our team members tied Rakhis for the armed forces personnel.

Supporting a mime play competition in Pune

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

The city of Pune is renowned for its institutions and activities that promote art & culture, such as the Film and Television Institute of India.

We sponsored a mime play competition called Maunantar held from 24-25th June 2022 in Pune. Organised by Wide Wings Media, Maunantar is an innovative competition that encourages talent where the focus is to act without the help of speech or dialogues. We had 12 groups of young theatre artists from all over Maharashtra who performed in front of renowned artists from the theatre fraternity and Marathi industry.

Representatives of FIL and MMF were part of the prize distribution program held on 31st August 2022.

  • A speech by MMF team member for FIL MMF

  • Participants at ITI College Aundh for the Fashion Show

Supporting the fashion show organised by ITI Girls College in Pune as part of our skill development initiatives

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

Empowerment and workforce participation are fundamental rights for women to control their lives and mark their influence in society. To encourage, motivate and enhance the skills of women, MMF, with the backing of FIL, has supported multiple initiatives in the past, including a plumbing course conducted by the Industrial Training Institute, Aundh, in 2019 and 2022, which benefited 50 women.

With the Director of Technical Education in Maharashtra encouraging women learning fashion designing to showcase their self-designed clothes, we decided to lend our support to the fashion show. On 6th July 2022, ITI Girls College organised the fashion show in Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Kalamandir in Aundh, which saw an overwhelming response as a hundred girls participated in the event.

Shri. C.A. Ninale, Joint Director Vocational Education and Training, Regional Office, Pune, Mrs. Jaya Darvatkar, Entrepreneur, and Ms. Sonam Choudhari, Vice President, ITI, Pune, were present at the event, along with representatives from MMF. Seven participants who showcased the best designs were selected to represent the Pune region at a state-level fashion event.

Construction of a crematorium at Gametha village in Vadodara, Gujarat.

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

For nearly a decade, we have extensively supported the development of the villages and schools in the Padra block in Vadodara in partnership with FIL. We are proud to have changed the lives of students and villagers through our multiple initiatives focused on environment protection, water conservation, education facilities, community development, women empowerment, and improving sanitation facilities, including extensive support during the pandemic.

Recently, we extended our commitment to this locality by constructing a crematorium for the villagers to conduct the last rites of their dear departed ones as per the local traditions. Our hands-on initiative ensured the entire crematorium was constructed within 50 days, with toilets, bathing areas and separate facilities for washing hands and feet, besides the cremation space and necessary equipment.

  • Crematorium at gametha village

It was noteworthy that though this facility will be for villagers who practice the Hindu faith, several workers who follow the Islamic faith were actively involved in the construction. One such person is Mr. M V Shaikh, the Project Manager at SVADES (a Vadodara-based NGO), who was inspired by the project, Mr. Shaikh mentioned how touched he was by the support extended by FIL to the workers on-site, which included breakfast and tea every day, until the project concluded.

Mr. Nitul Barot, from the CSR department at FIL & MMF, also mentioned how the work continues in July with fencing the crematorium and enhancing the surrounding. This includes a tree planting initiative within the crematorium premises.

We formally handed over the facility to the village panchayat on 30th June 2022, in the presence of representatives of Gametha village, other official dignitaries and the villagers, who extended their heartfelt gratitude for supporting them with this facility.

  • Pandit at MMV school conducting the pooja

Udhak Shanti pooja at Finolex Industries Limited in Pune and Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya in Ratnagiri

To seek the blessings of the Almighty for the wellbeing of our students in Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya and the success of Finolex Industries Limited in Pune, a Udhak Shanti pooja was organised at both locations on 30th June 2022. The ceremony was held in the presence of Mr. Anil Whabi, Managing Director of Finolex Industries Limited and his team at the company premises in Pune, and Mr. Navin Bijlani, Principal of Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya, staff and 609 students at the school premises in Ratnagiri.

All who gathered offered their prayers for peace and harmony in the school and company premises, for the years to come.

Ensuring a better childhood for the underprivileged children at SAMPARC Balgram in Pune

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

SAMPARC Balgram, a licensed children’s home under the Department of Women & Child Welfare, Government of Maharashtra, houses 120 abandoned and orphaned children. Amongst several initiatives undertaken in the past year of MMF’s association with this children’s home, we have been sponsoring the education of 20 children on an ongoing basis to ensure a better future for the little ones.

Located in Bhaje, Pune, SAMPARC Balgram recently reached out with an appeal as their plumbing and pipeline require urgent attention. With our support, the work was completed on priority, and an inauguration was held on 11th June in the presence of Mr. Amit Kumar Banerjee, Founder and Trustee of SAMPARC Balgram, and his team. He and his staff were appreciative of the timely support provided once again.

Representatives from FIL and MMF present, were touched by the response.

  • Inauguration done by Amit Kumar Banerjee and MMF Rep

  • Old Age renovation Help given by FIL MMF

Senior citizens support initiatives

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

Abandoned by their own families with no means of earning any income, there are an estimated 18 million homeless senior citizens in India. With no one to care for them at this age, they encounter many health-related issues and need personal attention. Finolex Industries and Mukul Madhav Foundation have been supporting multiple initiatives for these senior citizens.

As part of supporting homeless senior citizens for the last eight years, we have been aiding homes like Nivara and Abhalmaya with diapers and groceries each month. In response to the recent appeals for renovation and refurbishment ahead of the upcoming monsoon season, here is how select homes in Pune were supported during the month:

Shivganga senior citizen home: Located in the scenic village of Kamshet, there was an urgent need to improve the infrastructure of this home supporting 12 senior citizens. We responded to the appeal by ensuring the completion of flooring, sanitation, and painting work on priority. During the inauguration on 2nd June 2022, representatives from FIL and MMF were handed plants as a token of appreciation by the management and inmates.

Nivara senior citizen home: Housing 135 senior citizens, we supported the urgent need for a renovation of this home with waterproofing ahead of the monsoon season. On 4th June 2022, an official inauguration was held where the management and senior citizens expressed their heartfelt gratitude to our officials.

Abhalmaya senior citizen home: We supported the extensive refurbishment of this home that houses 55 senior citizens. This included refurbishing toilets, office cum storeroom along with drainage cleaning and enhancing the quality of construction and amenities. During the official inauguration on 4th June 2022, our official representatives were appreciated by the management and senior citizens.

Finolex Industries and Mukul Madhav Foundation have supported multiple initiatives for senior citizens. Recently, we had responded to appeals for renovation and refurbishment by select homes in Pune:

Sankalp Sevadham senior citizen home: Housing 12 elderly citizens in Golewadi Donje, Pune, we are aiding this home with their monthly diaper requirements. We got a recent appeal to help with new cupboards and food trolleys for the inmates.

An inauguration was held on 17th June 2022, in the presence of Mrs. Prabhavati Dalvi, Trustee, staff members and the representatives from FIL and MMF.

Janseva Foundation senior citizen home: We have been aiding the Janseva Foundation senior citizen home in Ambi Ranwadi Panshet, Pune, with their monthly diaper requirements for 178 senior citizens. Ahead of the monsoons, we responded to an appeal for painting four of their rooms and renovating the hall roofing, which was in a dilapidated state.

The management of the senior citizen homes and the elderly residents expressed their heartfelt gratitude to representatives from MMF and FIL at the inauguration held on 17th June 2022.

Collaboration with SNDT Women’s University and Industrial Training Institute (Girls), Aundh, Pune.

FIL and MMF introduced a plumbing course approved by the Directorate of Technical Education, at ITI, Pune. 30 girls completed the course in 2019, receiving additional online training and certification by Finolex Industries. In 2022, 20 new students were enrolled under the same programme. SNDT representatives who were invited for the orientation session at ITI appreciated the efforts and requested the same programme to be conducted on their campus too. To make way for a new era of knowledge collaboration, SNDT college of Home Science has invited these 20 students for a week-long culinary course starting from 17th May. This is the first-of-its kind collaboration of two renowned institutes, made possible by the efforts of FIL and MMF.

  • 20 ITI girls with the SNDT teachers

  • Board Inauguration of Mukul Madhav Foundation

Tribal Villages in Maharashtra declared Open Defecation Free(ODF)

(Backed by Finolex Industries, Supported by the Socio Economic Alternatives Research & Resource Community for Humanity)

Mukul Madhav Foundation’s initiative of sanitation began in November 2016. A journey that started in Palghar has now successfully provided 13 villages in the district with 778 individual, solar illuminated toilets with soak pits, built by local labourers, thereby providing upskilling and employment opportunities through the initiative.

The effort has since been extended to the tribal belt of Gadchiroli district in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra on the request of Dr. Anand and Rani Bang, and a total of 260 individual, solar illuminated toilets with soak pits have been installed in 8 villages, with three more in the pipeline.

Dr Abhay Bang, Dr Anand Bang and Dr Rani Bang are at the helm of the Socio Economic Alternatives Research & Resource Community for Humanity (SEARCH), dedicated to providing home-based primary health care with a focus on the mothers, newborns and children living in the 39 villages in Gadchiroli district. MMF has been working with the NGO to reduce the preventable mortality and morbidity rates among these vulnerable groups, while empowering the community towards achieving the same goal.

MMF has been working on many mother and child care initiatives in 39 villages in Gadchiroli, including Period Homes for the local women, built to provide them with a safe, hygienic and dignified space during menstruation. Through our efforts, 1,000 mothers and 700 newborns have been provided community-based care, and 700 children have received care for diarrhoea and ARI.

Additionally, in the villages of Sonale and Shele, 40 lights and 10 lights respectively were donated by our on-ground Implementation partner GPECO Solutions, furthering the solar initiative in the region.

We are grateful to the individuals, the authorities, Yuva Parivartan, our ground implementation partner and all our representatives who have made these initiatives possible.

Communal Wedding organised for the Bariya Samaj

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

Bariya Samaj, a marginalised community, organised a communal wedding (Samuhik Vivah) on 21st April 2022 for 25 couples from underprivileged backgrounds at the Padra Block (Near FIL Masar Plant) in Gujarat, and requested the support of Mukul Madhav Foundation.

Keeping their basic necessities in mind, Ritu Chhabria gifted each newly married couple a pressure cooker, which Mr Mangesh Bhake presented to the couples on her behalf at the ceremony.

The President of Bariya Samaj was very grateful for the gift appreciating how readily and swiftly the Management contributed to the initiative.

  • Bariya Samaj has organised a group wedding

  • Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha

FIL/MMF supported Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha(Deccan Vernacular Translation Society)

(Funded by FIL)

Finolex Industries and its CSR partner Mukul Madhav Foundation supported Maharashtra Granthottejak Sanstha(Deccan Vernacular Translation Society) founded by 25 visionary Maharashtrian social reformers like Lokmanya Tilak, Justice Ranade and Dr. Sir Bhandarkar in 1894. Its main objective is to uplift Marathi language and literature.

Mukul Madhav always believes in promoting art, culture and heritage which has been carried on from ages, with this vision an appeal was responded to with a computer and printer support to the institution which was handed over on 28.3.2022. This would enable the institution staff to store, convert old, rare documents and manuscripts to digital format.

Provided administrative infrastructure support to 4 prisons in Maharashtra

(Supported by Police Mitra Sanghatana, Backed by Finolex Industries)

Mukul Madhav Foundation has been providing administrative infrastructure support to prison systems for a long time.

On 6th April, in collaboration with Police Mitra Sanghatana, MMF supported Pune, Satara, Ahmednagar, and Kolhapur jails with computers and printers, to help smoothen the day-to-day administrative work for jail authorities.

The equipment was handed over during a ceremony at Yerwada Jail, in the presence of Mr Patil, DYSP Yerawada Jail, Mr Sarode PI, Yerawada Jail, Mr Sumit Darandale President Police Mitra Sanghatana and Team MMF.

On 9th April, the equipment was handed over and distributed at the Ahmednagar District Jail in the presence of Mr Petras Gaikwad (Jail S. P.), Mr Shamakant Shedge (Senior Jailer), Mr Manikrao Vidhate (President Ahmednagar dist Rashtrawadi Congress), Sumit Darandale (State secretary Police Mitra) Dinesh Kadam (member Police Mitra) and Dadasaheb Gadakh (FIL Ahmednagar).

  • Donation of Computer and Printer to Jail authority

  • Shivganga old age home at Kamshet

Senior Citizen home in Panshet, Ambi Village, near Pune supported with renovations

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

Mukul Madhav Foundation received an appeal from Janseva Foundation to extend financial support for renovations including roofing, leakage, painting, and waterproofing of the hall and kitchen at the centre that houses 175 seniors.

MMF wasted no time in making this a reality. On 9th April 2022, we kickstarted the renovation work with a coconut breaking ceremony and the work is now nearing completion. The ceremony was attended by Mrs Ganga Patil, Founder, Shivganga Senior Citizen Home, Kamshet, members of the Home’s staff, along with Mr Jadhav and Mr Bhushan from the MMF team. Ms Sonali Surani – Manager, Mr Pradeep Priswas – In charge of the Janseva Foundation, and Mr Yogesh and Mr Bhushan from MMF were also in attendance.

FIL/MMF supported Sassoon hospital during Samaj Sethu Event

(Funded by FIL)

On 27th March Sassoon hospital conducted Samaj sethu event were over all Maharashtra government hospital Social work were present and Team MMF was present there.

MMF distributed 150 Sack bags to all the social workers present at Sassoon Hospital.

The Cheif guest of the event was Dr Chandanwale , and Dr kale and was attended by Ms Yasmin Shaikh from MMF.

The chief guest Dr Chandwale sir appreciated the work done by the Mukul Madhav Foundation towards Sassoon hospital and always being an helping hand towards the initiatives.

  • Sassoon hospital during Samaj Sethu Event

  • Old age home enjoying the magic show

Support to Senior Citizen homes in Maharashtra

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

MMF has undertaken measures to reduce inequalities faced by socially and economically disadvantaged groups, like senior citizens by supporting senior citizen homes with diapers, monthly groceries, and regular health camps in Satara and other rural regions.

During the pandemic, we supported them by arranging for transportation and refreshments as they went out to avail their vaccinations.

Various outreach programs like tree plantation drives and other extracurricular activities are regularly conducted to keep them active and enthusiastic.

To celebrate hope and new beginnings, in the first week of January, 2022, we organised a magic show and a musical evening at the Abhalmaya, Niwara, Shantiban and Sankalp homes that cater to a total of 185 senior citizens.

Promoting gender equality, empowering women, setting up homes and hostels for women and orphans, setting up old age homes, day care centres and such other facilities for senior citizens, is a part of MMF’s belief in reducing inequalities, and we are happy to continue putting smiles on people’s faces with our endeavours.

Installed 10 high mast lamps at the request of 21-year old sarpanch of Khadki village, Snehal Kalbhor

(Backed by Finolex Industries)

The youngest sarpanch, 21-year old Snehal Kalbhor, identified the lack of safe passage for the residents of Khadki village, and reached out to MMF for support. On the 1st of January, 2022, representatives of MMF/FIL, along with the Sarpanch and Gram Panchayat members, installed 10 high mast lamps in the village.

These high-mast lamps are designed to provide a more visible and uniform lighted area for people passing through it. It provided a safe environment for women, children, and senior citizens, and was greatly appreciated by the entire village.

  • Board Inauguration ceremony

  • 200 Bicycle donations for rural school going girls – Solapur 2019

Bicycle donation, Solapur, Maharashtra

We donated 200 bicycles to 9th and 10th grade female students from various ZP schools in Madha block of Solapur to reduce the drop-out rates of girls in schools. We made this possible with the collaboration of Madha Welfare foundation in 2019.

International Widow Day, Maharashtra and Kashmir

23rd Janurary has been declared International Widow Day since 2011. However, MMF has been working to support widows for many years.

For instance, in Pune, we been supporting widows over the last 23 years at the Mahila Sewa Ashram and Maher Ashram by enhancing their personal well being.

For the last three  years, MMF has supported 312 widow farmers in Osmanabad with soya and tuvar seeds.

These women benefit from good crops and prices in the market, which help them clear the private loans that they have taken to support their children in education.

Some other initiatives:

  • Supported 60 widows from a group called “Shepherds Crafts” in Srinagar, Kashmir, with groceries.
  • 20 widows supported with financial assistance in 2020-2021
  • Supported 178 widows with groceries and other essentials in
    • Anusaya Mahila Ashram, Ratnagiri
    • Mahila Seva Mandal and Maher Institute, Pune

Support to Breakthrough

One of the key areas that Breakthrough works on is the alarming issue of early marriage in India. Girls who are married early are twice as likely to become victims of domestic violence because of the unequal power dynamics when they are married to older men. These young girls go on to face a lifetime of ill health, neglect, and violence.

Breakthrough reaches over 4,00,000 adolescents across 5 states to help change this situation by building the agency of young girls and ensuring that their families and communities value them.

We have been supporting Breakthrough by sponsoring their events.

Women’s Empowerment

  • Period Positive Holiday Homes – a safe haven for women and girls during menstruation

Period Positive Holiday Homes

Since 2017, we have been working with Kherwadi Social Welfare Association’s Yuva Parivartan to build individual toilets in tribal villages of Palghar. As of this date, we have completed 778 toilets in 13 villages and all these villages have been declared as Open Defecation Free Villages. In 2019, Yuva Parivartan introduced us to Gadchiroli where we conceptualised Period Positive Holiday Homes – a safe haven for women and girls during menstruation.

Originating from the belief that menstruation is impure, banishing menstruating women to Period Huts or Kurma Ghars is an unhealthy practice among certain tribes like the Madias and Gonds in Gadchiroli. The purpose of this home is to empower women by making them feel happy, healthy, and helping them become self-reliant with skill development activities. Other amenities, such as a small kitchenette with a kerosene stove, space for drying clothes, mattresses, cupboards, buckets, mugs and the like, have been provided.

Looking at these homes, the women of Darachi village, along with a local NGO, have written to us asking to support another Period Positive Holiday Home in Darachi village. This has been announced and the construction will soon begin with the consent of Project Naveli.

 

Here are some of the milestones we have crossed during this project:

  • May 2020: The first home was inaugurated by  MMF in Tukum village, which helped 133 women. We always believe in collaborating with various like-minded corporates and partners, like Finolex Industries Ltd in this case, to have better reach and support more individuals. 
  • May 2021: MMF introduced this project to Shri Janak Dwarkadas and Project Naveli where 2 homes were built in Fasi Toola, which helped 56 women, and Project Naveli, Mohali, for 53 women.
  • June 2021: An appeal to collaborate was received from Project Naveli. With their partnership, 6 homes have been inaugurated along with KETTO Donors and a matching fund by Project Naveli, which is now are benefitting 340 women in the following villages:
  • Kanal Tola: 42
  • Pawani Tola: 49
  • Waghbhumi: 50
  • Yerandi: 62
  • Chicholi: 42
  • Motibatti: 95

With this, a total of 582 women have been supported.

2 new homes have been approved and the construction is underway to be completed soon making the total to 11 Period Positive Holiday Homes.

Empowering Senior women in our society ‘Aaji Bai School’ – Grandmothers at school

As we get older, thumb-based biometric recognition as signatures often don’t work. We encouraged 25 senior women to become literate by launching “Aji Bai Chi Shala” (Grandmothers’ School) and distributing 25 school bags. This will enable them to use their signature rather than a thumb impression.

A unique initiative was undertaken by MMF to empower and educate 25 senior citizens with basic literacy. The project was formally declared open on Saturday, June 22nd at Wadachi Wadi, a rural village 150 kms from Pune in Murbad, Thane District.

  • Education for Grandmothers in Remote areas of Malshej – Thane

All the senior citizens were encouraged to continue their education. We made sure that they would encourage others to attend school on a regular basis too.

MMF has been supporting vulnerable women in red light areas through Saheli Sangh, Pune. Since 2014, 40 women have been supported with nutritious food and groceries. Milk was being provided to the children of these sex workers. Saheli Sangh is the only sex workers collective working for the last 20 years for sex workers and their children in Pune city. Like other disadvantaged groups, this is one of the most underprivileged parts of our community. We need funding support for the next couple of months to provide nutrition to these children.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many transgender individuals could not fend for themselves. MMF stepped forward and supported 850 transgender people in Pune and Mumbai by supplying groceries to them.

  • 28th May 2020 World Menstrual Day – distributed Sanitary Napkins procured from Krishi Vidyan Kendra, Baramati, under an initiative called Sobati.

World Menstrual Hygiene Day

On 28th May, World Menstrual Day, we endeavoured to enhance and empower women with safe hygiene practices.

To support the women of our society, Mukul Madhav Foundation supported more than 7,000 girls with sanitary napkins. These have been procured from Krishi Vidyan Kendra, Baramati, under an initiative called Sobati.

These have been distributed in urban slum areas and rural districts of Pune.

Alongside this, we have also supported 2,000 girls in West Bengal with sanitary towels during this pandemic and the recent floods caused by the Amphan Cyclone, in collaboration with Rangeen Khidki Foundation.

Prajwala NGO

MMF in collaboration with Prajwala NGO, worked to support the welfare of victims of sex trafficking and crimes that were rescued in Hyderabad.

Prajwala has evolved over the last 25 years to build a comprehensive set of interventions that aims to address sex trafficking and sex crimes holistically. It is possibly one of the few that is ahead of the curve.

To tackle the problem, the NGO has developed evidence-based solutions and advocacy with state and non-state partners to replicate or adapt it. From a programmatic perspective, Prajwala believes in experimenting with different approaches.

Prajwala is one of the organisations in the world that have addressed the issue from all ends with considerable success, ranging from prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, restoration, and reintegration.

Collaboration with British Asian Trust in MP and Bihar

Mukul Madhav Foundation, in collaboration with British Asian Trust (BAT) and Finolex Industries, is supporting two meaningful projects to support child rights and have signed an agreement for one year that started in July 2021.

  • Elimination of child labour and protection in Alirajpure in Madhya Pradesh
  • Preventing child trafficking in vulnerable districts in Bihar

The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by the Prince of Wales and a group of pre-eminent British Asian business leaders. The Trust works to tackle the widespread poverty and hardship in South Asia to which millions are currently subjected.

  • Support the pilgrims on the Pandharpur Yatra by organising health check-up camps along the way from 2018

Helping Warkaris in Maharasthra

Every year, MMF embarks on a journey to support the pilgrims on the Pandharpur Yatra by distributing bags, Haripaths, Kunchis, and Gandhi Topis, along with organising health checkup camps along the way.

In 2019, we constructed 3 sheds for Pandharpur pilgrims at Loni Kalbhor, Pirachi Kuroli, and Wakhari. These sheds are taken care of by the Gram Panchayats of the respective villages. All pilgrims travelling from Alandi to Pandharpur every year halt and rest at these locations.

Continuing this endeavour, over 2,00,000 bags, 1,00,000 Haripaths, 25,000 Kunchis, and 10,000 Gandhi Topis have been distributed.

Alongside this, over 300 trees have been planted to provide shade to pilgrims and support the ecological balance.

Regular monitoring and evaluation are being done to ensure these initiatives’ well-being and support.

Yoga Centre Renovated in Anandmayee Ashram, Pune

In the holy land of Maharashtra, the voice of bhakti (devotion) resonates, and the glory of jnana (wisdom) has come to light. This is the birthplace of the great hero Shivaji and is also the place for the spiritual practices of Samartha Guru Ramdas. Ma’s Ashram is situated here at the foot of the Chatursringi hillock on Ganeshkhind Road, Pune.

In 1960, Mr and Mrs Bhagwan Das Nagpal offered a plot of land along with a new building at the feet of Ma.

In loving memory of the late Mohini and Pralhad P Chhabria, the Yoga Centre at Shri Shri Anandamayee Ashram, Ganeshkhind Road, Pune, was renovated on Saturday, January 14th, 2017.

Yoga and meditation classes are conducted here for students and residents of the Ashram and will also be open to devotees who wish to use this facility.

  • Yoga Centre Renovated in Anandmayee Ashram, Pune

  • Helmet distributed to Maharashtra Police

Helmet distribution in Pune and Ahmednagar

In association with the Pune Police and Traffic Police Department, MMF and Gulf Oil Lubricants commemorated Road Safety Week in Pune in January 2017. The two corporations have distributed 1,600 helmets and facemasks to the Pune Police, including the traffic department.

To mark the occasion, a 36 km Road Safety Rally was organised on January 15, 2017.

The volunteers and participants of the rally created awareness of traffic rules and regulations and the need to follow them for a safe, smooth, and congestion-free driving experience.

In 2018, a similar project was initiated for the Ahmednagar Police Force by providing them with 500 helmets in collaboration with Police Mitra Sanghatana.

Infrastructure development to various institutions

MMF supported the infrastructure development for the below-mentioned institutes that care for more than 750 residents.

  • Samajik Vikas Kendra is a senior citizen home (Vishram Ghar) in Mandavne-Karjat, Thane, Maharashtra, providing shelter to abandoned older adults. At this home, we supported 12 months of grocery in 2016 and renovated the kitchen shed in 2017.
  • Vatsalya Trust is an Orphanage in Alibag, Raigad near Mumbai. The main objective of the trust is to “care, protect and empower destitute and deprived members of society with special emphasis on orphan/ destitute children and marginalised unskilled youth”. This trust houses 18 children. We supported the renovation of the roof and replacing the same with a tin roof in 2018.
  • National Association for the Blind (NAB) Lion, Home for the ageing blind, Khandala: National Association for the blind is one of the largest voluntary organisations established in 1952, providing cradle to grave services to the blind in India housing 70 inmates.We have been supporting this institute with monthly groceries since 2014. We also supported this institute with the painting and plastering of their dining hall in 2018.
  • Abhalmaya, established in 2010 in Pune, is one of the leading retirement homes housing 70 individuals. They are also known for Institutions For Aged and Charitable Old Age Homes. We have supported monthly groceries since 2019 and supported sanitation facilities, painting, plumbing and kitchen renovation.
  • Devtaru: This home for respectful living supports 45 retired senior citizens with qualified professionals caring for them. We have supported this institute with diapers since 2019 and helped with sanitation facilities, flooring and tin roof renovation.
  • Nisargik Shiksha Sanshodhan Parshikshan Sanstha, Devale Gaon Malavli: This is a Home for orphans and children of single parents housing 120 children. In 2020, along with like-minded donors, we supported this home with the renovation of the roof, which had worn out during the devasting Nisarg cyclone.
  • Sangola Dharamshala: Mathadhipati Muktabai Maharaj Belgaonkar Math. We supported the renovation of this math for Pandharpur pilgrims to rest on the route in 2019.
  • Pathan Shah Baba Darga, Khandala, Satara: The Hazarat Pathanshah Baba Dargah is around 150 to 200-year-old and is situated in Padegaon, Satara, near Nira. It is on the road that connects Lonand and Nira. We have supported the renovation by helping them with a shade in 2019.
  • Somgiri Guru Samadhi, Sordi, Sangli District: In 2021, we extended Infrastructural assistance to Gram Panchayat Sordi, Sangli with 2 rooms at Shri Dattatray Dev Somgiri Guru Samadhgiri Maharaj Trust, Sordi, and a shelter for pilgrims.
  • MMF, with like-minded friends, supported Sordi by desilting and widening the lake there. The lake can now hold three years’ worth of water with no rainfall. At present, the lake is full of water. All the villagers of Sordi are happy as they now have sufficient water for farming.

Managing Trustee of Mukul Madhav Foundation and Director of Finolex Industries Limited, Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria, received the prestigious Shiromani Award from Mr. Manu Jagmohan Singhji, International Chairman of NRI Institute, at the NRI World Summit 2022 held in the United Kingdom on 23rd June 2022. 

Mrs. Chhabria has been conferred the Shiromani Award in the presence of eminent members of the British Parliament, other distinguished dignitaries and award winners in recognition of her philanthropic service to the Indian community across the world. Other attendees included Mr. G P Hinduja, Co-chairman of Hinduja Group and Chief Guest of the function, Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis, Mrs. Michelle Poonawalla, Lord Swraj Paul, Member of House of Lords of the United Kingdom, fashion designers- Shane and Falguni Peacock, and members of her family. 

On 24th June 2022, Mrs. Chhabria was the keynote speaker at the NRI World Summit, where she shared her views on the confluence of culture, people and ideas between India and the UK. The two-day event celebrated many achievements, showcased charitable initiatives and innovation, facilitated business networking, and served as a platform to showcase the impact we make through MMF.

Instituted in 1977, previous recipients of the Shiromani Award include Mother Teresa, Chief Marshal Manekshaw, Justice Hidayatullah, Justice Nagendra Singh, Mr. Ramkrishna Bajaj, Mr. H P Nanda, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Raj Kapoor, Sunil Dutt, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, P T Usha, Leander Paes, Vishwanathan Anand, Nani Palkhivala, Ram Jethmalani, The Dalai Lama.  A proud moment indeed for all of us at MMF, and we wish Mrs. Chhabria more success in the years to come in these initiatives. 

The Jury council of “Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Awards” Congratulate “Mukul Madhav Foundation” for winning the “Best CSR Project in Sanitation” category Award at such platform. The award was collected by our Trustee Mr. Vijay Gurnani  along with MMF team members Mr Babalu Mokale and Mitesh Shrigiri.

G100 is an empowered group of 100 women leaders from across the world, in 100 diverse sectors, supported by 100 eminent He or She champions, for powerful advocacy, awareness & impact across governments and global organizations for a gender equal future. G100 is an action + think tank with a global, cross-cultural, intersectional and intentional perspective toward peace, parity and prosperity for all.

G100 is supported by The Denim Club: Group of 100 He-for-She Champions globally, comprising leaders and luminaries from the business, corporate and political domains, each leading a sector of influence and having their companies and institutions in support of gender parity and equality. 

Mukul Madhav Foundation team is delighted and happy to share this news with our friends and well-wishers.

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For Kashmir, the pandemic has been a lot harder. After struggling with more than 18 months of shut down and limited access to internet connectivity, Kashmiris have been pushed to the verge of helplessness and misery
To help communities that have been scarred by the perpetual violence prevailing in the state, Mukul Madhav Foundation collaborated with Mrs. Nighat Shafi Pandit founder HELP Foundation to enable the severely affected get the aid they rightfully deserved.

Thank you for helping them earn not just a better livelihood, but their dignity and independence. Thank you for being kind enough to #GiveWithDignityTM
Through our Pan India Mission, #Give With Dignity we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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This Diwali, many are struggling to keep their hopes high due to the impact of the lockdown imposed in the past few months. Hard-hit by such dark times is Umed Pariwar in Pune, a rehabilitation cum residential facility for Intellectually Developmentally Disabled [IDD] people that provides them with life-long care once they're admitted.
Mukul Madhav Foundation, as a part of #GiveWithDignityTM, their Pan India Diwali initiative, feels immense pleasure to support Umed Pariwar by procuring a gift hamper handcrafted by the differently abled people (Divyang) of "Umed Pariwar".

Your support has enabled us to support them in their mission of caring for those who struggle to lead a dignified life.
Through our Pan India Mission #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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Diwali is all about celebrating the victory of light over darkness. However, darkness has engulfed the lives of so many people in the past few months due to the lockdown and the pandemic.
To ensure that this Diwali brings a hopeful ray of light in many homes, Mukul Madhav Foundation is providing 21-day ration kits to 1000 underprivileged families of Bundelkhand region through its Diwali initiative #GiveWithDignityTM. We are also procuring diyas from a local potter Mr. Kripanath in Prayagraj to help him sustain his business in these trying times

Through our Pan India Mission #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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The hard earned financial empowerment of many women artisans risked a grim demise when the lockdown hit our country. Years of hard work, heritage and native tradition was on the verge of being lost, just like the hopes of these artisans
Mukul Madhav Foundation, under its Diwali campaign #GiveWithDignityTM, joined hands with Ad-8, a craft group working with women from Rajasthan's borders to manufacture hand-made products, to procure 3000 eco-friendly masks that promote the indigenous innovation and designs across India.

Through our Pan India Mission #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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The pandemic had locked down not only the nation but also the hygiene and wellness of millions of rural girls struggling to lead a dignified life. Years of efforts by Sobati, a sanitary napkin manufacturing unit empowering women with access to menstrual hygiene, were about to go in vain due to the joblessness and livelihood destruction caused by the lockdown.
Under the Diwali campaign #GiveWithDignityTM, Mukul Madhav Foundation is reinstating hope and faith in all the rural women associated with Sobati by procuring sanitary napkins from them for distribution across the country, eradicating the stigma around menstruation and making menstrual hygiene available to each and every girl.

Through our Pan India Mission #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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Thousands across the country lost their livelihoods due to the pandemic and the countrywide lockdown that was imposed. One of the hardest hit were the farmers as the lockdown left them in a state of complete helplessness due to inaccessibility to market and transportation facilities leaving them on the verge of starvation and loss of income.
To help people those who need it the most in these trying times, Kamdar Organic Producers, an organisation run by farmers from Madhya Pradesh supported Mukul Madhav Foundation in their Diwali initiative #GiveWithDignityTM by providing daily ration items like rice, atta, etc. which were then distributed across the country. Through this, we could empower the farmers, revive their dying hope and make their Diwali full of joy and abundance.

Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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Innumerable jobs lost, livelihoods destroyed, dreams crushed and aspirations crumbled, the effects of the pandemic on millions of people and small businesses have been devastating.
To ensure that no more hopes are lost for the struggling local businesses, we are procuring papad from Vishwa Sindhi Sewa Sangam Mahila Udhyog, a small manufacturer in Mumbai, and distributing it across the country.

It was your contribution towards #GiveWithDignityTM, an initiative by Mukul Madhav Foundation, that dispelled the darkness of hopelessness and despair for them this Diwali
Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWith Dignity, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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Suffering of thousands has been aggravated by the lockdown. However, it is the women and girls who are particularly struggling to survive, with widening gap in access to basic menstrual hygiene and sanitation.
With your support, Mukul Madhav Foundation has support Association for Social Health India, ASHI, a shelter home for destitute women and orphan girls from Jammu and Kashmir, by procuring sanitary napkins from them, and distributing it across the country to those in need. Together with them, we could double our kindness and impact, uplifting all those affected by the pandemic.

Through our Pan India Mission #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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The ongoing pandemic has left many people in a state of complete despair and hopelessness. Thousands of families across the country are struggling to run their businesses and feed their families. In such times of crisis, we supported the livelihoods of Kedarnath Women Center by procuring a variety of grocery essentials such as Haldi, Tea etc. from them thus helping them revive their business.
Mukul Madhav Foundation, together with your support aims to spread hope and happiness this festive season. We are on a mission that no one sleeps on an empty stomach and no business has to shut down this Diwali.

Through our Pan India Mission #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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Skill development, economic growth and entrepreneurship - the keys to a brighter future for many had been devastatingly marred by the lockdown. With the dreams and aspirations of many on hold, the Centre for Youth Development and Activities were at the risk of losing all the progress they had achieved in uplifting underprivileged youngsters, women and girls.
It was when Mukul Madhav Foundation, under its mission #GiveWithDignityTM, gave an order for thousands of masks to CYDA that the darkness finally gave way to rays of hope and happiness.

Through our Pan India Mission #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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The last few months' lockdown has viciously shrouded small businesses and marginalized communities in a blanket of darkness. This Diwali, we are uplifting millions of such people open their eyes to a world of joy and light. To double the kindness, we have collaborated with The Wishing factory by Parth Thakur, that is working towards reaching out to those in need through their Diya Campaign.
Through #GiveWithDignityTM, Mukul Madhav Foundation's Pan India Diwali initiative, we are procuring diyas from The Wishing Factory to support them in their endeavour of gifting a joyous Diwali to those who have been at the forefront in these trying times.Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

Prakash Pralhad Chhabria

Co-founder & President - Mukul Madhav Foundation & Executive Chairman of Finolex Industries Ltd.


Prakash Pralhad Chhabria is the Executive Chairman of Finolex Industries Limited and is a recognized industrialist with over three decades of hands-on experience. He was inducted as a Board Director in 1992 and took over as the Executive Chairman in 2012

Credited with transforming Finolex Industries into a reputed national brand, he has steered the Company onto this growth path by strategically restructuring business and finance. Under his leadership, the Company has achieved a turnover of INR 3,463 crores in FY 21.

Prakash Pralhad Chhabria has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from the University of Evansville, Indiana. An Advanced Management Programme from Wharton Business School and an Executive Program from Stanford University further bolster his expertise.

He was recently awarded honorary Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) degree by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune, for his notable contribution to society.

With a core philosophy of attaining business prosperity in a sustainable manner, Finolex Industries gives back to the community through Mukul Madhav Foundation and its extensive CSR activities, giving hope to people who often feel they don’t have the right to be hopeful.

Prakash Pralhad Chhabria is an avid reader and enjoys delving into topics ranging from philosophy to history and spiritualism to culture. He is also a keen photographer and captures exciting vignettes.

Gayatri Prakash Chhabria

Trustee - Mukul Madhav Foundation


Gayatri Prakash Chhabria is the General Manager Strategy & Marketing at Finolex Industries and a Trustee at the Mukul Madhav Foundation.

With a major in Business from Warwick Business School, she has plunged headlong into the everyday workings of Finolex Industries, not just as a third-generation entrepreneur, but as a custodian of parivaar values that encompass and embrace every employee, dealer, supplier, vendor and associate. Bringing in a mix of strategic inputs and people initiatives, she works hard at being brutally fair. Seeking to constantly learn, explore and grow, as an individual, and also as an organization. Driven to build corporate associations, strengthen human resources, digitalize the legacy business and unite this large extended family of internal and external stakeholders with a common company culture. She is focused on doing all of this through the marketing and communication initiatives she spearheads. Inspired by the legacy of her grandfather, Shri. Pralhad Chhabria, who laid the foundation for a responsible, sustainable business that values trust and relationships as the core drivers to success.

As a Trustee at the Mukul Madhav Foundation, she positively engages with the focus areas of Finolex Industries to channel resources into education, healthcare, sustainability, and social welfare initiatives.

Hansika Prakash Chhabria

Trustee - Mukul Madhav Foundation


Hansika Prakash Chhabria has taken the core philosophy of the Chhabria family, and expanded it into the creative realm. With her fashion start-up, One Less, that builds on the values her grandfather, Shri Pralhad Chhabria, expounded – building a responsible, sustainable business that values trust and relationships as the core drivers to success. 

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts (Digital Culture) from King’s College London, she is stepping out into uncharted territory to carve out a space for herself as an entrepreneur and changemaker. Putting into action her thoughts on human and animal rights, gender equality, sustainability and the ever-growing need for sustainable fashion. Bringing it all together as her start-up that encourages organic, sustainable and ethically sourced clothing that both supports Indian industry and preserves the environment through a uniquely minimalistic style and eco-friendly approach to casual wear. She is also putting her deeply-entrenched values into practice as Trustee at the Mukul Madhav Foundation.

Ritu Prakash Chhabria

Co-founder Managing Trustee - Mukul Madhav Foundation


Ritu Prakash Chhabria is the Founder member and Managing Trustee of the Mukul Madhav Foundation (MMF). Working ceaselessly with MMF over the past 23 years to transform the way charity is done in India, she has constantly worked to support the under-served with dignity and not dole outs. Personally involved in impacting numerous lives and livelihoods through initiatives in education, healthcare, self-employment, women empowerment, sanitation, water conservation and every other genuine need that remains unfulfilled, and comes to her attention. Supporting and furthering the under-served across geographies, ages, gender, occupations, and religions. Her every action is powered by a deep spirituality, and her active practice of meditation and gratitude. 

With a Masters in International Relations, she majored in Economics from Richmond College, London, with a minor in Marketing. This has held her in good stead when liaising with local government bodies, benevolent corporates and international collaborators. Finding global support for MMF, with the establishment of MMF UK in 2018, and collaborations with Princess Trust, BAPIO, Caudwell, and Action Aid. 

With the association of MMF with Finolex Industries Limited (FIL) in 2014 as their official CSR partner, today Mrs. Chhabria sits on the Board of Directors at FIL as the Chairperson for CSR activities. She has recently been appointed as a nominee of Hinduja Foundation on the Board of Management of the P D Hinduja Sindhi Hospital, Bangalore, and as a Governing Body Member of FICCI FLO National (2021-2022). Besides these, she also brings her heartful expertise to work on the following committees and organisations.

  • Patron of the Kochi Biennale
  • Independent Ethics Committee of Symbiosis University
  • Steering Committee of the Hinduja Foundation
  • Member of Governing and Executive Council of National Health and Education Society (NHES), of the Hinduja Hospital
  • Trustee at Karachi Education Society and the Indian Red Cross Society, Pune. 
  • Committee member of the Agri-Horticultural Society of Western India- Empress Botanical Garden
  • Trustee on the Make A Wish Foundation’s Board in India (2014-2019) 
  • Honorary member with the Inner Wheel Club, Pune, (2020-2021)
  • Managing Committee member in IMC (2020-2021)
  • Honorary Member, Rotary Club of Parvati
  • General Body Member, Society of Friends of Sassoon Hospitals (SOFOSH) and Honorary Member, Rotary Club of SOBO (South Mumbai) 
  • Chairperson, FICCI Flo, Pune 2019-2020

Vijay G. Gurnani

Trustee - Mukul Madhav Foundation


Vijay Gurnani is a reputed businessman and philanthropist with business interests in various sectors, mainly shipping and export. A first generation entrepreneur, he started his working life on the shop floor of an automotive manufacturer, quickly moving on to greater and more ambitious things. He has built his companies with determination and passion. This same passion he carries into his work with the under-served, making a difference to the orphaned, the old and abandoned, and the impoverished. As Trustee at the Mukul Madhav Foundation, he inspires and supports the team with his strong values and innate goodness. 

Corona recognition - Gujarat

Shri. Acharya Devvrat-Hon. Governor of Gujarat

Shri Amit Shah - Union Home - Co-Operation Minister, Shri. Acharya Devvrat-Hon. Governor of Gujarat and Shri. Vijaybha

CSR Times award for Healthcare

CSR Times award for Education

Bapio Awards for Phenomenal work done in India during Covid

Prakash Pralhad Chhabria

Co-founder & President - Mukul Madhav Foundation & Executive Chairman of Finolex Industries Ltd.


Prakash Pralhad Chhabria is the Executive Chairman of Finolex Industries Limited (FIL) since 2012. With over three decades of hands-on experience, he was inducted as a Board Director in 1992, before he took over as Executive Chairman.

Over recent years, he has earned himself the reputation of being a sound and visionary industrialist. Skillfully steering FIL and its reputation by strategically restructuring business and finance. Putting it on a growth trajectory that has seen it establish its dominance as a reputed national brand, with a turnover of INR 3,463 crores in FY 21.

His innate strengths and real-world experience have been further honed by a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from the University of Evansville, Indiana; an Advanced Management Programme from Wharton Business School; and an Executive Program from Stanford University.

At FIL, his focus has been on attaining business prosperity in a sustainable manner. Forward integrating and backward integrating, not just to impact the business and its stakeholders, but the community and the environment that extend beyond. Taking on responsibility for society at large, not just as a government mandate of Corporate Social Responsibility, but with the foresight and bigger picture perspective that everything and everybody is connected. This personal belief has brought FIL and MMF together. Giving back to the community, and completing the circle. Amongst other awards and recognitions, he was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) degree by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune, for his notable contribution to society.

This larger order view of the world could be attributed to Mr. Chhabria's upbringing, his love for reading, and his interest in philosophy, history, spiritualism and culture. A keen photographer, the world always looks interesting through his lens.

Late Shri Pralhad Chhabria

Founder Trustee - Mukul Madhav Foundation & Founder of Finolex Group.


The late Shri Pralhad P. Chhabria is the founder of the Finolex Group of companies, and the kind hand that shaped its policies and values right from its early years. The hand that was always open, giving as much as it received. Supporting and furthering the Mukul Madhav Foundation through its fledgling years.

The hand that continues to be placed over us in blessing. Continuing to inspire and guide us through the legacy of values he has left behind. Humility and an ability to focus on the basics. With an emphasis on quality, constant learning, and pushing for excellence. And most of all, to achieve great heights not as individuals, but by bringing people together.

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Much like many small businesses, this mother and her sons were also forced to shut down their provision store. Even though severely affected by the pandemic and suffering major losses, the family did not lose hope.

Seeing many families like them struggling to barely make ends meet, this family decided to start SNR, a small scale unit to manufacture multi-purpose masala right in the middle of the pandemic. This mother and sons duo is an inspiration for us all to overcome these dark times and build the best for us with what we have.

With your support, Mukul Madhav Foundation through its Diwali campaign, is proud to support SNR by raising Rs 5,79,500 for the SHG.

Thank you for being kind enough to
#GiveWithDignityTM

Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70k families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these SHG's bounce back

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Ariharan Guruswamy, a resident of Madurai city, Tamil Nadu and an engineer by profession, soon realized that his heart was in making a difference and that's when he set up a Self Help Group called Sigura Oil.

The SHG worked closely on establishing better supply chains and marketing linkages among farmers involved in sesame oil production. The forward moving enterprise suddenly caught itself in a bottleneck when the lockdown was announced. The painstaking efforts taken to set up their businesses were close to falling apart.

However, your contribution ensured that the first rays of sun hit Akshay and his SHG's many small scale farmers.

Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 small businesses to bounce back.

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Diwali has always been very special for the differently abled students at ADAPT, Mumbai.
More so because this is that time of the year when they get to show the world what they are capable of.

Their beautiful creations have over the years lit up many homes. However this year, due to the pandemic, they feared a decline in sales which also meant lack of income for their families

This Diwali, your support came as the glimmering ray of hope for them. It enables us to include diyas made by them in the grocery kits being distributed to families in need. Because of you this year too, Diyas made by them will light up thousands of homes

Thank you for supporting these differently abled artists enjoy a Diwali full of hope and happiness
Thank you for helping them earn not just a better livelihood, but their dignity and independence.
Thank you for being kind enough to
#GiveWithDignityTM

Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignityTM we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 35 of these SHG's bounce back

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The 40 tribal women from Shakti have been an inspiration for the entire district of Kandhamaal District, Orissa for fighting oppression and achieving financial independence.

Together, these women have been the force behind establishing their own business and empowering many farmers in the area. They directly procure grains from the local farmers and take care of packaging and marketing of Haldi, moong dal raagi

With the lockdown, travel restrictions and lack for proper resources, years of their efforts and hard work were at stake. Thank you for being their hope.

Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back

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At a young age of only 20, Payal's life turned upside down as her biggest support system, her father lost the battle against cancer. At an age when we all aim to dream big with the help and support of our families, Payal was left alone to figure out her way in the world. Today, at 26, Payal has risen above her loss and struggles and become a changemaker in the truest sense. She has provided employment to the women of her village by setting up a low cost Sanitary Pad making unit. This has made the women of Rangiatikra financially independent.

With the lockdown, travel restrictions and lack for proper resources, years of her efforts and hardwork was at stake. But, because of people like you, she got an opportunity to not only keep her business afloat but also ensure that sanitary napkins reached women in need through the Mukul Madhav Foundation's Diwali campaign.

Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back.

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The past few months have completely crushed the lives of millions across the country.

The countrywide lockdown rendered people struggling to get access to the bare necessities whereas the small and local business owners faced their own struggles.

We aim to bridge this gap of necessities of people and struggles of local businesses, by procuring salt from Kasthuri salt, a small manufacturer of rock salt, in the southern part of India and distributing it across the country.

Closer to Diwali, you came as the only ray of hope in their lives by contributing towards  #GiveWithDignityTM, an initiative by Mukul Madhav Foundation

Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back.

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What happens when 25 women and children from Gujarat come together to help each other lead a better life? They overcome all challenges together, stand strong in the face of despair and become an inspiration for all of us.

The members of Sharda Social Welfare Trust for specially abled women and children always had a unique determination to pursue their dreams with faith and resilience. Their conviction to lead empowered lives only got stronger with each passing day.

That is why, for Mukul Madhav Foundation's Diwali campaign, there were no second guesses about who to source the 17,800 diyas and 9000 masks from for mass distribution.

Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignityTM, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 small businesses to bounce back

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In a country where 36 percent women struggle with lack of access to basic menstrual hygiene, the pandemic only widened this gap.

Bestie, a sanitary napkin manufacturer, based at Theni, Tamil Nadu, became the ray of glimmering hope in the lives of many when Mukul Madhav Foundation, through its Diwali campaign, procured this hygiene essential from them.

With your support and aid, we aim to uplift and empower all those who struggled in the past few months and are still trying to battle its impacts.

Through our pan-India mission, #GiveWithDignityTM we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 120 of these bounce back.

SUCCESS STORIES

At a young age of only 20, Payal's life turned upside down as her biggest support system, her father lost the battle against cancer. At an age when we all aim to dream big with the help and support of our families, Payal was left alone to figure out her way in the world. Today, at 26, Payal has risen above her loss and struggles and become a changemaker in the truest sense. She has provided employment to the women of her village by setting up a low cost Sanitary Pad making unit. This has made the women of Rangiatikra financially independent.

With the lockdown, travel restrictions and lack for proper resources, years of her efforts and hardwork was at stake. But, because of people like you, she got an opportunity to not only keep her business afloat but also ensure that sanitary napkins reached women in need through the Mukul Madhav Foundation's Diwali campaign.

Through our Pan India Mission, #GiveWithDignity, we are supporting 70,000 families across 24 states with grocery & hygiene essentials that are being procured locally from small businesses thus helping 35 of these SHG's bounce back.

Ruby Hall Cancer Centre

Ruby Hall Cancer Centre

Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria, Managing Trustee of Mukul Madhav Foundation was presented with this award by the Family Care Projects Pune in 2006. This award is a token of their gratitude for all her help and support.

Family Care Projects Pune

Family Care Projects Pune

Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria, Managing Trustee of Mukul Madhav Foundation was presented with this award by the Family Care Projects Pune in 2006. This award is a token of their gratitude for all her help and support.

Rotary Club Poona North

Managing Trustee of Mukul Madhav Foundation, Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria was awarded by the Rotary Club Poona North on the 21st of February 2009 for her efforts and initiatives in mitigating child mortality.

Sanman Patra Muktai Award

Sanman Patra Muktai Award

On the 1st of June, 2013 our representative Mrs. Meena D'sa received the Muktai Award on behalf of the Managing Trustee of Mukul Madhav Foundation Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria for outstanding work in the field of Healthcare and Education. The award is named after Sant Muktai who was the younger sister of Sant Dnyaneshwara and has been presented for the last 21 years to women for their selfless contribution towards socially and economically challenged people. This year's award was presented in Pune by the esteemed hands of the Ex-President of India, Shrimati Pratibhatai Patil, in the presence of the Speaker of the Assembly of Maharashtra, Shri Dilip Valse Patil and Shri Sopankaka Valhekar Maharaj of Aatmonnati and Vishwashanti Sadhak Sanstha, Mumbai.

The Walk of Honour

Our Managing Trustee Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria was honoured by the Chandrakala Sanap and Prashanti Cancer Care Mission on the 18th of August 2013 at The Signature Premier Pune Style Week 2013.

These two institutes had invited ten extraordinary woman of substance from the Peshwa city of Pune, for the Walk of Honour for exemplary work in their fields and honouring them for their achievements.

Prashanti Cancer Care Mission

Prashanti Cancer Care Mission Awards 2014

On the 10th of February, 2014, Dr. C.B Koppiker, Founder of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (a Pune based NGO with a vision dedicated to fighting and dealing with trauma of cancer) awarded our Managing Trustee, Mrs. Ritu Chhabria for her outstanding dedication, contribution and commitment in the field of social work towards the cancer foundation and her exemplary contribution on making life more meaningful for cancer patients.

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The Pride of Pune Award

Managing Trustee of Mukul Madhav Foundation, Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria was felicitated with the 'Pride of Pune Award' for contribution to the fields of social work and philanthropy and her efforts towards healthcare awareness initiatives in Pune – especially her involvement with cancer patients and her initiatives towards extenuating child mortality. The ceremony was hosted by Ishanya alongside a special art exhibition titled 'Celebrating Womanhood' on Sunday, 23rd March, 2014.

Children Heart Center

On the 28th of September, 2015, Mrs. Tina Ambani, Chairperson, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute honoured our Managing Trustee Mrs. Ritu Chhabria and Mukul Madhav Foundation in acknowledgement of the generous contribution made to the Hospital's "Children Heart Center" and for the help saving many young lives.

BT-CSR Excellence Award for the Project "Working for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Satara"

Finolex Industries Ltd. and their CSR partner Mukul Madhav Foundation was honored with BT-CSR Excellence Award for the category "Helping the Physically Challenged" on 14th July 2016 in New Delhi. This award was bestowed upon them for their outstanding work in the Satara district, in improving the standard of living for children suffering with Cerebral Palsy. The award was presented at the hands of Hon'ble Union Cabinet Minister for Heavy Industries and Department of Public Enterprises, Shri Anant Geete. The nominations were judged by a jury team of six members comprising of members from Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, ONGC, FICCI, CII and ASSOCHAM, who reviewed each entry based on their merit and impact.

India CSR Excellence Awards

Finolex Industries and its CSR partner Mukul Madhav Foundation was awarded the India CSR Excellence Awards for the category "Best Innovative CSR Practices in Education" on the 26th of February in Delhi. This award was to recognize the company for the exemplary work being done in the field of education, by setting up an English medium school, Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya, in an interior village at Golap in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. The project was selected amongst over 100 applications from corporate houses and organizations involved in bringing about a change in the field of education in rural India.

Bluedart Global CSR Excellence and Leadership Awards for Support and Improvement in Quality of Education

Finolex Industries and its CSR partner Mukul Madhav Foundation was awarded the Global Excellence Award in the category of "Support and Improvement in Quality of Education" by Bluedart Global CSR Excellence and Leadership Awards on the 18th of February 2016 in Mumbai. We were selected out of 150 nominations received globally in this category from corporate social responsibility champions across various industries and countries. The award recognized the organization for demonstrating and creating opportunities for students in the rural areas for international quality education and for their commitment to bring positive change to the education health of the country. The case study presented was that of Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya, an English medium School in Golap, Ratnagiri.

Global Award from the Governor for CSR December 2018

Global Sindhi Council presents Global Award at the hands of the Honorable Governor of Maharashtra Shri Vidyasagar Rao to Ritu Prakash Chhabria for historic contribution in field of Education, medical and social service.

Recognition for Toilets at Sonale, Palghar January 2018

Felicitation from Yuva Parivartan for toilets in Sonale.

Indywood Excellence award (CSR)2018

Finolex Industries Limited presented with Indywood CSR awards for 'Best CSR practices in Speciality Healthcare

PMC awardFor NICU 5th may 2018

Prestigious Pune Pride Award Mrs Medhatai Patkar 2018

Gujarat CSR Summit 2018CSR excellence Award 2018 water conservation and water shed

Finolex Industries and Mukul Madhav Foundation Madhav Foundation was awarded CSR Excellence Award for the work done in the area if Water Conservation and Water Shed management in Gujarat.

ANTYODAYA-(Vadodara-CSR-summit-and-awards)

ANTYODAYA (Vadodara CSR summit and awards)

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MOU signed with Government of Maharashtra

Finolex Industries Limited (FIL) Mukul Madhav Foundation (MMF) was invited by the Government of Maharashtra CMO (Chief Ministers' Office) to sign MOUs for our projects in Health and Water.

Signing in the presence of the Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri. Devendra Fadnavis along with Shri. Girish Mahajan, Water resources minister and Health Education Minister, Shri. Deepak Sawant, Health Minister, Shri. Chandrakant Dada Patil, Revenue Minister and other Cabinet Ministers 

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Rotary Sinsan Health Care Excellence Award

The Endoscopy Division of Sassoon General Hospital and Mukul Madhav Foundation were selected for Rotary Sinsan Health Care Excellence Award under the professional category of Doctors.

News Highlight, Pune

Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria has been appointed as the Chairperson of FICCI FLO Pune Chapter 2019-2020.

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Times Power Women, Pune

Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria was felicitated by the Times Group under the title 'Times Power Women', Pune on Tuesday 16th April 2019 in the category of Social Cause and Philanthropy.

Commendable work in various spectrums of Social Work in the state

Shri Devendraji Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra applauds Mukul Madhav Foundation (MMF) for its commendable work in various spectrums of Social Work in the state.

ET NOW Rotary CSR Awards

ET NOW Rotary CSR Awards

Finolex Industries Limited and it's CSR partner Mukul Madhav Foundation is proud to receive the Economic Times Rotary CSR Awards for distinguished service to the society at the hands of Shri Girish Bapat and Dr. Palekar at Conrad on Friday June 14th. This award was received by Mr. Whabi Director, Finance, Finolex. Industries and Ms. Gayatri Chhabria,Trustee Mukul Madhav Foundation.

IEBF Indo European Business Forum

IEBF Indo European Business Forum, UK Awarded to Mrs Ritu Prakash Chhabria CSR excellence November 2019

Ritu Prakash Chhabria, Managing Trustee, Mukul Madhav Foundation, a CSR arm of Finolex Industries was felicitated by Indo European Business Forum with the prestigious "IEBF Excellence Award -2019 (UK)" for her eminent, innovative and historic contribution in the field of healthcare, social welfare and education.

ASIAN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP FORUM

ASIAN BUSINESS LEADERSHIP FORUM (ABLF) Awards, Dubai awarded to Mrs Ritu Prakash Chhabria for outstanding work in CSRNovember 2019

Ritu Prakash Chhabria, Managing Trustee, Mukul Madhav Foundation, a CSR arm of Finolex Industries was felicitated by HH Sheikh Nahayan, Cabinet member and minister of tolerance, UAE on 6th November , 2019 with the prestigious "Asia Business Leadership Social Influencer Award for her remarkable contribution in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Corporate Tycoons (Excellence CSR Award)2019

On the 7th Anniversary of 'Corporate Tycoons' the complete Business & Travel magazine, Mrs. Ritu P. Chhabria received 'Business Excellence Award' in the CSR category for outstanding work done through Mukul Madhav Foundation at the hands of Mr. Hanmant Gaikwad of BVG in presence of Mr. Arun Firodia, Kinetic, Padmavibhushan Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar & Mr. Chandran Iyer of C.T

B-G-Deshmukh-Award

B G Deshmukh Award 2019

B G deshmukh award An annual Award by MCCIA for Corporate Social Responsibiltiy.

Suryadatta National Award

Suryadatta National Award excellent CSR award) 7th February 2019

Suryadatta Natonal Award presented to M Ritu Prakash Chhabria for excellence in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Prestigious Pune Pride Award Mrs Ritu Prakash Chhabria for Philanthropic contribution to the Society January 2020

Ritu Prakash Chhabria presented with with the prestigious "Pune Pride Award" for her philanthropic contribution to the society in January 2020

Yuva Unstoppable Gratitude Award 2020

Yuva Unstoppable Gratitude Award 2020

Finolex Industries and Mukul Madhav Foundation have been recognised by Yuva Foundation for the philanthropic work carried out by the foundation. On behalf of Finolex Industries Mr BR Mehta received this award at the August hands of Shri Anurag Thakur Honorable Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Himachal Pradesh.

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Punyadham Humanitarian Award By Punyadham Ashram March 2020

Ritu Prakash Chhabria was honoured with Punyadham Humanitarian Service Award for relentlessly working for our society and impacting lives of the lesser privileged of our society. This award was presented to her at the hands of Padma Bhushan Prof. S B Majumdar, Padma Bhushan Dr Vijay Bhatkar and with the Divine blessings of Maa Krishna Kashyap.

BAPIO award for Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria - London Virtual November 2020

Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria , Managing Trustee, Mukul Madhav Foundation awarded Presidents award by BAPIO (British Association of Physicians from Indian Origin) in London on 21st November 2020 for Exceptional Philanthropy.

CSR-Times-Award

CSR Times Award in Silver Category for Covid 19 efforts during this pandemic Virtual December 2020

Mukul Madhav Foundation has been recognized by the CSR Times for the support rendered for Covid 19 pandemic in the Silver Category

Lokmat Women Achievers recognition January 2021

Recognizing women achievers in various fields

World CSR Day Award February 2021

FIL and MMD have been conferred an award by World CSR Day under the Category of Outreach In Rural Award.

Social Entrepreneurship Award by Pune Zilla Congress Committee 7th March 2021

Agency-Reporte

Agency Reporter Front Benchers 2021 - Social Media - Bronze

Recognised for #JamTheTrafficking, Front Benchers by Agency Reporter is a recognition platform for Digital Agencies & Brands to showcase their most innovative, uniquely creative, strategically targeted and highly effective digital initiatives.

April 2021 Conferred Yuva Unstppable 2021 Changemaker Award


BW Businessworld Award recognition for Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria - Social Entrepreneurship Award April 2021

Changemaker award, Gujarat Governor April 2021

Social-Samosa

Social Samosa - Best Social Media Brands - Cause Marketing - Silver

Recognised for #JamTheTrafficking, Social Samosa enables industry by leading thought and rewards the special campaigns under cause marketing that highlighted a cause and actioned betterment for it.

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Kaleido Awards 2021 - Best Small Budget Campaign - Gold

Recognised for #JamTheTrafficking, an awareness and action-driven digital campaign to support victims of sex trafficking through social media and online fundraising. The Kaleido Awards recognise and reward the purposeful work done by corporate communication professionals, public relations and organisations.