Charitable Causes/ Philanthropy/ Foundation
Established in 2009, Sahachari Foundation is a trust that supports charitable causes which promote the upliftment and empowerment of the under privileged. Aided by individual and corporate donors, the Foundation organizes one-of-a-kind events related to promotion of entrepreneurship, art and culture. The proceeds from these events are channelled to deserving non-profit organizations (NGOs) whose tireless efforts make our society a better place.
Sahachari’s board of trustees uses their collective strengths to fulfil the Foundation’s objectives of creating an inclusive society and bringing about positive change. With a special focus in the areas of education, care of the physically and mentally challenged, healthcare, nutrition, community upliftment, empowerment of women, animal welfare and promotion of culture, the Sahachari Foundation has supported over 22 non-profit organizations. Their events encourage sponsor brands to gain branding opportunities and visibility to a niche clientele, with varied interests.
Some of the keystone cultural events organized by the Sahachari team include a collaborative association with the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), where they stage classical dance evenings and musical performances by renowned Indian and international musicians like Zakir Hussain, Kailash Kher and Shankar Mahadevan. At these events, NGOs supported by the Foundation are presented cheques at the hands of the performers and sponsors. Other events include a performance of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding and regular children’s day specials like ‘Udaan: Reach for the Sky’ which have featured exceptionally gifted child prodigies: vocalists Sooryagayathri from North Kerala and Anjali Gaikwad from Ahmednagar as well as flautist Suleiman from Amritsar. Sahachari Foundation’s endowment to NCPA supports training programmes in Indian music. The scheme has benefitted 450 children in 3 aided schools for lower income groups. For more on Sahachari Foundation’s events, charitable causes and associations, visit https://www.sahacharifoundation.org.
Charities supported by Sahachari Foundation
- Apne Aap Women’s Collective
Engaged at the grass-root level to prevent second-generation sex work, with Sahachari’s financial support AAWC operates a Day Program offering hot meals, tuition and vocational classes to young vulnerable girls. It also runs a night shelter providing up to 20 girls with protection and care to stay away from their high-risk environments.
- The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind
The school provides education and training across various skill sets to visually impaired boys, to make them self-sufficient citizens. Sahachari Foundation has supported the school by aiding the construction of its Dining Hall.
- Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA)
Over 10,000 sick and injured animals are treated annually at BSPCA, including at the Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals. The NGO prevents cruelty to animals by employing inspectors, social workers and spreading education and awareness programmes. Sahachari Foundation has funded puppy pens, an adoption centre for destitute animals and a large ambulance service.