Support for the Differently-Abled
We are dedicated to empowering the differently-abled by offering them opportunities to work, study and shine in whatever skills they have through our programmes. So far, we have supported over 250 prosthetic surgeries and provided employment opportunities for the visually impaired in the Finolex Industries Ltd call centre. Mission Cerebral Palsy is one of our central projects with support for surgeries, physiotherapy and provision of wheelchairs. Over 1,000 children have been cared for under this initiative.
We have been providing groceries, educational assistance and infrastructure development to institutes for the visually impaired and the differently-abled in Maharashtra. We also support Bal Kalyan Sanstha every year on World Disability Day and have contributed a CCTV system and a water tank. Wheelchairs, prosthetics and other forms of assistance have also been provided to individuals with disabilities.
MMF, supported by Finolex Industries, observe World Cerebral Palsy Day in collaboration with other hospitals in Pune, Karad, and Masar
Mukul Madhav Foundation in collaboration with Sancheti Hospital, Bharati Hospital, KEM Hospital, Pune and Krishna Hospital in Karad and Masar established 6 rehabilitation centres and registered 1077 children with Cerebral Palsy.
On October 6, 2021, we observed World Cerebral Palsy Day with a week-long virtual celebration with 100 children from Satara, Ratnagiri, and Masar.
We kickstarted on 1st October, with a drawing competition for children between 6 to 18 years.
This was followed by a singing and poem recitation competition for 35 children on the 4th of October.
On the third day, 5th October, we invited parents to interact and share their experiences with the teachers, Government authorities, and MMF teams.
On 6th October , we saw a special dance performance by Kamlesh Patel, a differently-abled individual, who received enormous support from everyone.
We concluded the week on 7th October with an assessment in which 65 children were screened for identifying any ailments related to eye, dental, paediatric, and general health issues.
Continued Support provided by MMF for children with Cerebral Palsy
(Backed by Finolex Industries)
We continued our work and support in 2022 and organised an assessment camp in Khatav and Maan in Satara on 12th March.
This camp provided orthopaedic consultations, neuro consultations, physiotherapy, speech therapy, eye check-ups and vision assessments.
A total of 206 children with Cerebral Palsy were assessed at this camp. After assessments, all the required referrals and further treatments were taken care of by MMF.
Breakfast and food were provided to all children and parents. The parents were happy that MMF provided not just the best medical expertise, but also took care of the nutritional needs of their children.
In continuance of our efforts towards the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy, in the same month of March, 2022, the foundation, with the help of local physiotherapists, initiated a rehabilitation centre in Khatav.
We are truly happy about this initiative and express our gratitude to all our supporters, well-wishers, donors and friends.
Observed World Disabled Day
(Backed by Finolex Industries)
On the 3rd of December 2021, Mukul Madhav Foundation observed World Disabled Day. On the 5th of December, the foundation collaborated with the Eye Social Foundation and distributed 150 blankets, towels, shawls, and white canes for the visually impaired.
During the event we also felicitated Mr. Mayur Shelke, a points man with Central Railway who was hailed as a hero for risking his own life to save a child whose mother is visually-impaired, at Vangani station.
Reigniting support to Apang Sanstha in Pune
In collaboration with Finolex Industries, Mukul Madhav Foundation has been supporting 41 institutes primarily in Pune and others across India with monthly grocery and hygiene essentials. The foundation has also been supporting various marginalised and vulnerable homes.
Apang Sanstha in Pune has been revived after Covid and has resumed since March 2022. To commemorate the birth of our founder, Shri. Pralhad P Chhabria, MMF renewed support and on 12th March began giving monthly grocery provision. In addition to this, the homes have been donated with tubelights, LED lamps, and ceiling fans to help upgrade their lifestyle.
Mission Cerebral Palsy
Mukul Madhav Foundation (MMF) began a unique project to help children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) in Satara in November 2015.
Through 12 assessment camps, 986 patients were identified in the districts of Satara and Ratnagiri. To date, we have donated 178 wheelchairs and 104 commode chairs; set up Taluka-level rehabilitation centres providing physiotherapy and speech therapy services in Wai, Panchgani, Satara, Patan, Chilpun and Ratnagiri.
In partnership with Sancheti Hospital, a total of 56 CP surgeries were completed and 194 orthotics were provided to children with Cerebral Palsy.
We received a Samman Patra from the Zilla Parishad of Satara for its efforts. This project was also awarded the prestigious Bureaucracy Today, BT-CSR Excellence Award for the Physically Challenged, on 14 July 2016, by the Honourable Minister for Heavy Industries, Mr Anant Geete.
Training of Nurses and ASHA Workers in Satara
In our effort to understand what causes CP, we started training ASHA workers and ANM nurses in collaboration with Symbiosis College of Nursing to assess, identify and prevent high-risk pregnancies.
Till Jan 2020, a total of 1,060 ASHA workers were trained by 20 PHCs, which cater to 713 Gram Panchayats of 6 blocks in Satara district. This helped reduce complicated cases and referrals to Pune from rural areas.
Working with RCPCH
The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), UK, approached MMF to be a part of their CP mission. During a panel discussion on 5th March 2018, the current state of CP prevalence in India, the primary causes of the disorder in India, and what is being done to reduce incidences, were discussed, along with topics like early screening, diagnosis and the associated government and private healthcare policies. A 3-day workshop was organized at Satara where the RCPCH team networked with the local caregivers, therapists, medical officers and parents on various aspects of this condition.
Innovative support during the COVID-19 Pandemic
During this time, all physiotherapy centres were closed due to the lockdown. MMF initiated online therapy where patients and their parents could be guided through physiotherapy sessions with the help of therapists on Skype and WhatsApp Video Calls.
We had 103 kids enrolled in the last 3 months of the lockdown from Satara, Wai, Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar, Patan and Ratnagiri. The network of special educators, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan GoM, helped us to reach out to many more CP Children.
We want to help CP patients become integrated into society to ensure that they, and those who care for them, live the best possible life during the pandemic.
Even when internet connections weren’t available, we helped parents conduct home-based physiotherapy by streaming the sessions on the local TV channel in Ratnagiri with help from Sancheti Hospital’s Mental health team.
Cochlear Implants in Mumbai, Pune and Nasik
From 2010 to date, MMF sponsored 317 surgeries in the following hospitals. Hearing devices are donated to needy patients.
- Bharati Hospital
- KEM Hospital, Mumbai
- Morya Hospital
- Deenanath Hospital, Pune
- Dr Uppal Hospital
- KEM Hospital, Pune
- Shravani Speech & Hearing Centre, Mumbai
- Nair Hospital, Mumbai
- Indorewala Hospital, Nasik
Support for the Visually Challenged
MMF support a total of 385 visually challenged individuals in these institutes with monthly groceries and the institutes’ requirements for education and infrastructure development.
- The Poona School and Home for the Blind Trust, Koregaon
- Kothrud Blind School, Jivhala
- National Association of Blind (NAB), Khandala