MMF supports various institutions on a monthly basis. Some of the institutions we cater to are schools for the blind, senior citizen homes, leprosy homes and others who approach for assistance.
The following are some of our initiatives:
Art Sphere, a music promotional academy organized a two day workshop with the objective of brining music as a bridge to communication and to learn the art and fun of improvisation.
Ms. Gayatri Chhabria and Mr. Mangesh Talekar participated in this workshop.
A special run was organized for (Divyang) Differently Abled which was supported by Finolex Industries Limited and Mukul Madhav Foundation. There were 150 differently abled who participated in this run. To encourage its employees to take part in sports 40 employees from both the organizations participated and some of them have received medals on completion.
In collaboration with Student Helping Hand 131 students from economically backward, drought-prone areas from rural areas of Maharashtra who come to Pune for earning a decent education have been supported with tiffin services twice a day.
Finolex and Mukul Madhav Foundation are proud to announce that they have been recognized to be patrons of the book authored by Mr. Rafique Sayed, 'Ways of Water'. The proceeds from this book will be given to FIL and MMF. This book was released in the presence of Padmabhushan Dr. S B Majumdar and Mr. Rafique Sayed, internationally acclaimed portrait photographer. This event was hosted by the management of the Symbiosis School of Photography at Lavale.
A new school building was inaugurated in collaboration with other donors on 4th January 2019 at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama School in Anugul district of Odisha. The School provides Hostel Facility along with Education till Std X to the current strength of 330 female students from the tribal areas of Odisha.
Dr. Sanjeeb Patjoshi, Jt. Secretary to Govt. Of India, Ministry of Panchayati Raj was the Chief Guest. Mr Rajanikanta Biswal & Jayanta Sinha, Vice President, Sales and Marketing attended the program
5 needy students at Aradhana Skills were supported to be trained following areas: X-Ray, Mammography, BMD, Fluoroscopy, C-Arm, MRI and CT Scan using the equipment at a few hospitals in Pune. This training will help these young people become self- sustainable. 2 of these students have successfully completed their course and Graduated and received their "Certificate in Radiologic Technologist" on 31st January 2019 . One of them has been placed at Lokmanya Hospital Chinchwad and another is an intern with Aradhana Skills.
As part of disaster management and relief the victims were provided food, drinking water, home essentials and clothes as an iimediate measure.
Supported women with Sanitary towels and 425 families with dry grocery and tarpaulin for those affected by Cyclone Amphan in West Bengal
Mukul Madhav Foundation started computer classes for the women of the Gramin Mahila Vikas Kendra at Phansop, Ratnagiri and mothers of the students at Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya. The course began in July 2013, in our school premises at Ratnagiri and is being offered at a subsidized cost. The school's computer teacher is conducting these classes in which women are being taught basic computer operations and Microsoft Office.
We also organized a 'handicraft workshop' for the women of the Gramin Mahila Vikas Kendra, in an attempt to provide rural women with an opportunity to maximize their income generation potential.
We have been actively running the tailoring classes since 2008. A six-month certified course from Community polytechnic under Government Polytechnic, Ratnagiri is taught to 25 women per batch. Till date over 400 women have benefitted from these classes. Clothes sewn are donated to expectant mothers in the Government Hospitals of Ratnagiri.
Mukul Madhav Foundation and Finolex Industries Ltd inaugurated skill development centres in 2 remote villages of Masar and Abhor, in Gujarat, on the 15th of September 2016. These centres provide a 3-month certification course in computer and tailoring, for both women and students of the village, at extremely subsidized rates. This course is taught by trained professionals hired by Finolex Industries from a local NGO, Shree Charitable Trust, Baroda. This program aims to empower at least 20 women in each course, at each centre.
Through the Mid Day meal project the Foundation is supporting around 1000 students from Poona Womens Council School, Nehru Kanya Shala (School) and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar School in Pune.
Mukul Madhav Foundation is associated with a number of orphanages, remand homes and schools for the handicapped and blind, leprosy homes and old age homes in Pune. We help them in upgrading their infrastructure, as and when required, and also make donations such as physiotherapy equipment, woolen shawls and sweaters, blankets, utensils, personal hygiene products, towels, shoes, buckets, groceries, books, stationery, and other necessary articles to these organizations on a monthly basis.
Mukul Madhav Foundation, Finolex Industries and Gulf Oil Lubricants, in association with Pune Police and Traffic Police Department, came together to commemorate the Road Safety Week in Pune, in January 2017. The two corporates have together distributed 1,600 helmets and face masks to the Pune Traffic Police men and women.
To mark the occasion, a 36 km Road Safety Rally was organized on 15 January 2017.
The event witnessed participation from officials of Pune Police and Traffic Police department, employees of Finolex Pipes and Gulf Oil Lubricants, along with bike enthusiasts from the city.
The volunteers and participants of the rally created awareness on the necessity of following traffic rules and regulations for a smooth and congestion-free free driving experience.
In 2018 a similar initiative was supported to to Ahmednagar Police Force by providing with 500 helmets.
With the help of Gulf Oil (Mr. Sanjay Hinduja), ZF Steering Gear India Ltd. (Mr. Utkarsh Munot), Indo Global Infrastructure & Utility Services Pvt. Ltd (Mr. Sanjiv Aurora) and Finolex Industries, MMF successfully raised 29.25 Lacs for the Bhatkya Vimut Jati Shikshan Sanstha (BVJSS) Ashram Shala in Wagholi, Pune, which is an orphanage housing 400 children. With the help of these funds, we helped rebuild their 4 kitchens, dining area, water proofing of the entire house, purchased new cupboards, repaired existing doors and windows and placed new ones where needed and donated 60 bunk-beds, 120 mattresses & pillows, 8 cupboards, 400 uniforms, 400 bedsheets with pillow covers and 400 Sholapuri chaddars for the children. We also painted the Sai Baba statue outside this ashram. It was indeed a heartwarming experience to see the children enjoy the new, better and safer conditions.
Further to this, Mr. and Mrs. Manish Jaitha of Jivraj Baloo Trust donated Rs. 5 Lacs, to begin a vocational project of goat farming, in a second home of BVJSS in Pabal, Maharashtra (35 kms further from Wagholi) where 50 children, who are mentally or physically-challenged reside. This project not only helps the children develop a vocational skill but also solves the problem of providing milk to all the children at the Wagholi house.
Agriculture Initiative for Economic Empowerment of women
District OSMANABAD is one of the historical towns of the Marathwada Region of Maharashtra. It is located in the southern part of Marathwada,
Marathwada is affected by frequent anomalies in rainfall during Monsoon season, which accounts for almost 80% of the annual rainfall. The average annual rainfall over the division is 882 mm. almost three-fourth of the Marathwada division is covered by agricultural lands. Hence, drought is having a significant impact on the life of farmers. As per government records 422 farmers in Marathwada committed suicide in 2014. This was due to their inability to bear crop losses resulting in financial loss which was made acute by water scarcity and an agrarian crisis. 2014 was the third consecutive year of low rainfall and if rainfall did occurred it was untimely and damaged crops. Of the 422 suicides, 252 cases were due to inability to repay agricultural loans. There have been more than 117 farmer suicides in the first two months of 2017.
We, as farmers, government officials, activists, civil society, media and people in general have looked at farmer suicides and what leads to it as a marker of agrarian crisis in Maharashtra.
The lives of the widowed farmers
While a large number of male farmers continue to take their lives in desperation, their widows are left to deal with the state, moneylenders, in-laws, and a society that stigmatizes them and denies them their equal rights. The widows of farmers who have committed suicide experience particularly difficult situations resulting from the added stigma associated with suicide and loss of face due to the inability to repay loans. In addition to the grief, psychological trauma, and shock of the sudden demise of their husbands, these women suffer from financial stress and hardship, and live in great insecurity, worried about their own and their children's well-being and future.
Many women have to fight for what are their rights, of inheritance of land and property, while facing abuse from their in-laws. Land rights are not only important for widows, but for women in general, simply because they are farmers too. Many women are even unaware of the familial land holdings, thus making it difficult for them to gain their right. Until the state takes measures to ensure the implementation of inheritance of land and fighting of social stigma attached to women claiming their rights, many women will keep suffering.
In the month of May 2019 Finolex industries and CSR Partner Mukul Madhav Foundation was approached by a Pune based NGO to support these widowed women farmers. After making necessary due diligence this initiative was implemented by partnering with Paryay Social Organization, Osmanabad and Sai Mitra Parivar, Pune. In this regards Finolex industries and CSR Partner Mukul Madhav Foundation approached Krishi Vidnyan Kendra (KVK) – a Government agency which provides agriculture based trainings to farmers with an aim to increase their productivity.
With an objective of creating a space for women in the Agriculture and Farming sector to provide economic independence and earn a livelihood along to support their family.
In 2019 Finolex industries and CSR Partner Mukul Madhav Foundation began their intervention in Kalam and Vashi block of Osmanabad district with following objectives-
Need Assessment – A list was procured from District Collector which gave the details of the widowed farmers in 2 parts – age of the women and geographical outreach. Finolex industries and CSR Partner Mukul Madhav Foundation with the collaboration of Paryay Social Organization conducted the study and worked with widow farmers in Kalam and Vashi block and prepared a list of 312 women who have faced trauma after the losing their husbands. Both these lists were collated and compared, and a final list was compiled for this project.
Field investigators were involved in the entire process; they visited the household of each woman respondent to understand the context of her life and her surroundings. The surveyors took prior consent and maintained utmost confidentiality. In addition to individual interviews, focused group discussions (FGDs) were also held to develop a more nuanced understanding of the issue in an open manner and to give the women an opportunity to discuss various aspects.
Assisted in the acquisition of land
Through Paryay Social Organization (working in Osmanabad for widow farmers in the sector of training, widow's rights, and working with government for policies implementation at grass root level) who helped with land acquisition of all 312 widow women farmers. This was validated with their Aadhar cards and other important documents.
On 28th May 2019 Training provided to Women farmers
Krishi Vidnyan Kendra (KVKs have been functioning as Knowledge and Resource Centre of agricultural technology supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector for improving the agricultural economy) organized training for women on farming and marketing of the agro products and to help them for better government prices.
Training was conducted on below mentioned Topics
8th June 2019 Free Seeds Distribution
Looking at the economic condition of these 312 women farmers Finolex industries and CSR Partner Mukul Madhav Foundation took an initiative to support them with 30kg Soya and 15kg Tur seeds after taking into consideration their respective individual agricultural land area. On 8th June 2019, 312 women farmers met Shri Chandrakant Dada Patil Minister of Agriculture, Maharashtra who congratulated these ladies and helped to handover 30 kg Soya and 15 kg Tur seeds to each, with the support of MAHABEEJ (Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation Ltd., popularly known by its brand name MAHABEEJ is one of the largest and leading State Seeds Corporation)
Good monsoon has helped the crops which will soon be harvested end November and early December. At this point KVK will once again help them and mentor them to package and sale these in Latur market.
25th Oct 2019 Finolex industries and CSR Partner Mukul Madhav Foundation celebrated Diwali festival with 100 woman farmer in Osmanabad and organized Entrepreneurship and employment generation.
In Phase 2, to take this further Finolex industries and CSR Partner Mukul Madhav Foundation is now joining hands with government bodies to support to see how women become entrepreneurs further with another project i.e establishing their own small scale business and conduct training and sessions on Soya Milk production and Honey production at their farm.
Once all 312 women's registration with government is completed, MSKVBK (Maharashtra State Khadi and Village Industries Board) will provide 8 days training on BEE BOX in Osmanabad. Then with the collaboration of government, BEE BOX will be provided to women farmers. The government will take back the honey and sell at their government stores.
For Soya Milk the unit will be provided to women farmers once documentation is in place. Paryay NGO with the local government bodies will help link these groups for Soya milk marketing.
Since May 2019 till date these women feel confident and are ready to engage themselves in these activities. All the programs and training sessions were attended with 100% attendance by these women with high level of involvement and interest.
These activities will ensure that these women farmer will become entrepreneur at their place and will be sustaining the project in proper manner.
312 women farmers supported with Seeds and Training in Osmanabad district
FIL and MMF have been supporting the farming community in different ways. The vision in 2019 is to support specially widowed women farmers who are having land holding capacity. On 8th June 30 kg soya seeds and 1 kg tuvar seeds was distributed at the hands of Shri. Chandrakant Dada Patil, State Minister for Agriculture and Revenue, authorities form the Zilla Parishad of Osmanabad, Mrs. Ritu Prakash Chhabria , Managing Trustee, Mukul Madhav Foundation, Mr. B R Mehta, Vice President Finolex Industries Limited, representatives from FIL and MMF. This project was done in collaboration with 2 other NGOs Sai Mitra Pune and Paryay Foundation, Osmanabad. Prior to the distribution training in basic farming techniques was provided to these women by Krishi Vidnyan Kendra.
Bicycle Donation to female students from Rural ZP (Zilla Parishad School) in Solapur District
100 Bicycles were donated to 9th and 10th grader female students from various ZP schools in Solapur to ensure attendance in school.
Holiday Homes- Gadhchiroli
FIL/MMF in collaboration with Yuva Parivartan have been working in tribal villages of Palghar district, Maharashtra since the last 4 years to create better sanitation facilities.
Going one step ahead in this collaboration, FIL/MMF envisaged a new concept of creating Huts for menstruating women termed as 'Eco friendly Hone for Menstruating Women' in the villages of Gadchiroli.
The purpose of this home is to empower women by making them feel happy, healthy and step them up to be self-reliant with skill development activities. The inner room accommodates 8 beds (4 made with reused plastic bottle bricks, 4 villages .movable cots), a water filter and a wash basin. It has two netted windows, five ventilations, two solar operated fans and lights. The loft houses the water storage tank powered by solar energy for lifting water, and solar batteries.
Lahu Tofa, the oldest man in the village cut the ribbon in the presence of village women, current Sarpanch Amol Gedam, previous Sarpanch Reshma Tofa, District Assistant Health Officer Vikas Kumbhare, Health Officer Dr.Ananta Kannake, Health worker Jaya Magaswar and KSWA (Yuva Parivartan) Team. 4 Women have moved into the facility on completion of inauguration.
Ratnagiri District Police Dept. organized District Level Coastal Marathon- "Run for Unity" on 9th Nov 2019 to convey the message of unity and to establish cordial relations between the Police and citizens. FIL/MMF was the main sponsors of this Marathon & provided financial support of Rs.1.50 Lacs.
Social Welfare Projects In Pune