5th Floor, Vasant Vilas, 31 Dr.
Mumbai – 400004, India.
Tel.:+91 22 23898930 / 2382 1901
Fax: +91 22 2382 1969
Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust is a
registered charity that was established over 20 years ago by Mr. Mahendra
Mehta. It was set up in order to tackle the problems of poverty in Mumbai,
especially amongst young children’s. From its humble origins as a family institution
it has grown rapidly, and now its projects cover a wide range of activities
located in both India and other developing countries, including Afghanistan,
Sudan, Kenya and Burundi.
Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust is
committed to the welfare of people from the most underprivileged strata of
society without distinction of caste, creed or colour. Its emphasis is on
assisting the children and youth who are the citizens of tomorrow and the disabled
who need a support to help them join mainstream society.
Logo symbolises our vision for
the future – a future in which each and every child can look forward to a new
day, a day free of hunger, suffering, abuse and poverty. We want to reach out
to children across the world, to give them new opportunities, and help them
rise out of poverty.
Mahendra Mehta, one of the most
well known and respected international Rotarians of his generation, was born in
Antwerp, Belgium. Over two decades ago he initiated the Ratna Nidhi Charitable
Trust with financial resources from his own family and friends. Since then he
has been a worldwide force to help children across the globe in a multitude of
ways. In just India, Mahendra Mehta is credited for helping over 2 million
children through an assortment of educational, medical, developmental and
various other initiatives. However, India is not the only part of the world
that has benefited from Mahendra Mehta’s philanthropy. He has helped tens of
thousands of children in Kenya, Afghanistan, Burundi, Honduras, and Dominican
HEALTH AND DISABILITY
Through our mobility camps, it
aims to bequeath a new life to those who have been deprived of the basic
privileges of mobility and hearing, by providing aids such as prosthetic limbs,
wheelchairs, tricycles, callipers, orthopaedic supports and hearing aids.
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Project Mainstream is a
vocational training and micro credit support program that we run in Mumbai. It
aims at imparting gainful employment to street children and migrants from
villages with the objective of enabling them to be a respectable part of
World Bank in the USA sends us a
wide variety of educational books which we distribute in school libraries and
NGO’s, thereby providing world class reading material for school children
especially the poor who may otherwise never get the opportunity to access such
books. In addition to this we have also donated 6000 Braille books for the
visually impaired. A large number of books have also been given to the JAINA
Another of RNCT’s newest ventures
in this project is with 150 night schools in 23 wards of Mumbai city which are
facing serious survival problem owing to an absence of a strong policy position
from the government and general apathy from the community at large, especially
the educationists in particular. On an average these night schools have 100
students each, from viii – x standard.