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RATNA NIDHI CHARITABLE TRUST
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RATNA NIDHI CHARITABLE TRUST

5th Floor, Vasant Vilas, 31 Dr. D.D.Sathye Marg,
Mumbai – 400004, India.
Tel.:+91 22 23898930 / 2382 1901
Fax: +91 22 2382 1969
E-Mail: ratnatrust@gmail.com

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.

MISSION

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

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.

FOUNDER

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 Republic.

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 mainstream society.

BOOK DISTRIBUTION

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 organisation.

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.

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