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Helping Hands Charitable Trust has worked towards providing relief across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) where we have focussed on Thane, Kalyan, Mumbai City & Suburban, Navi Mumbai, Panvel and Bhiwandi. This includes delivering dry ration packages, serving cooked meals at community kitchens, and procuring PPE kits for medical professionals and sanitation workers. Through this process, over the past 4+ months, Helping Hands has also reunited lost children, arranged emergency medical care, helped in providing residential facilities for stranded individuals and procured food for stray animals as well.
As a result of this work a major Livelihoods Programme to help migrants who have returned back to their homes has been started to help them start income generating economic activities in their home towns and villages where they have come from. Donations are welcome to support this long term livelihoods programme all over India. Please contribute generously.
HH works closely with Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao, a movement working among the slums in Mumbai to ensure basic amenities and a source of livelihood to augment their resources. Women in the slums have been trained in the art of making handbags and clutches from waste cloth and market them during various events and exhibitions in Mumbai. Additionally, children’s centres have been started in Mankhurd where children deprived of quality education and life, learn as they play and help them become active, responsible citizens. In the past year, Helping Hands has been conducting medical camps twice a month for project affected families displaced and relocated to Mahul. Residents suffer from severe ailments owing to the toxic environment amidst refineries and chemical factories.
Helping Hands works collectively with Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao on the ground and with the Yusf Mehrally Centre for Training, Bombay Sarvodaya Friendship Centre (BSFC) for Rural Programmes and with The Sustainability Platform Asia (TSPAsia) for hand holding in relation to professional and technological support and advice on sustainability related issues in the ground interventions of Helping Hands. TSP Asia partners with Helping Hands as the outreach partner.
Healthcare has always been an area of interest to Helping Hands. The health sector provides a vast opportunity to provide livelihood to unemployed youth in the slums as well as rural areas as there is a huge shortage of trained manpower to meet the needs if the vast population of the country. HH has tied up with Emergent Meditech (India) Pvt. Ltd., a leader in simulation based healthcare training to hone the skills of health workers in hospitals and medical/nursing colleges. HH wants to work aggressively in this domain looking at the potential it has to create livelihoods and at the same time increase the quality of healthcare provided to patients. Since the people with whom HH works are from the economically lower classes, HH seeks funds from CSR programs and other sources so that more and more needy unemployed youth can avail of the opportunity.
Helping Hands Charitable Trust was started in 2015 by Yash Mehta and his mother Mrs. Jasmine Mehta, after the killer earthquake in Nepal in 2015. Helping Hands appealed to the citizens of Mumbai to contribute from a list of items that were required and more than three truckloads of essential relief material was collected and dispatched to Nepal. Yash Mehta himself went to Nepal and made multiple visits over a year to ensure that relief material reached those most in need. A small girl who was orphaned, was adopted for schooling and admitted to a residential school and all her needs are being taken care of to this day. Helping Hands (HH) has been at the forefront after that in many disasters (natural, socio, economic and political) and engaged in both relief and rehabilitation work since then.
The floods in Kerala saw HH intervene in a meaningful way by providing schooling material to children who had lost all their books in the flood waters. HH worked through larger organizations working on the ground in Kerala.