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Pehchaan Pragati Foundation brings Christmas gifts to 50 Adivasi kids

Dec 28, 2017

The foundation grants the wishes of around 50 Adivasi children in the age group of 5-10 years from a village school in Igatpuri of spending a day in the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai.

Mumbai: Pehchaan Pragati Foundation, a non-government organization, headed by Pragati Ajmera, marked the festive season of Christmas and New Year by making its contribution in bringing smiles on the faces of the Adivasi children.

On the Christmas Eve (Dec 24th, 2017), the Foundation organized a Mumbai Darshan tour for around 50 Adivasi children in the age group of 5-10 years from Z P PRI School Bhagatwadi in Igatpuri. This was for the first time that these village students had visited Mumbai along with their teachers. The intention behind this initiative was to take the village children on a ‘Mumbai Darshan’ tour and give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As a part of this activity, Pehchaan Pragati Foundation also distributed gifts and meals to the students during their bus tour. The journey began from Kalanagar in Bandra Kurla Complex and covered popular destinations in the city such as Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Haji Ali Dargah, Tardeo, Nana Chowk, culminating at the popular tourist spot – The Gateway of India. The tour was termed as a “WISH COME TRUE” and the “BEST EXPERIENCE” by the children and was a perfect Christmas gift for them.

This initiative was undertaken by Pragati Ajmera, Founder, and President of Pehchaan Pragati Foundation in association with Ajcon Global Services Limited, a financial services firm owned and run by the Ajmera family. The Ajmeras also reached out to their close-knit circle of friends and family to be a part of this noble cause.

Pragati Ajmera is attached to the cause of children and has dedicated her life in working towards upliftment and betterment of the children, particularly from tribal communities. She has been closely associated with the Z. P. PRI School Bhagatwadi in Igatpuri for some time now and has donated e-learning gadgets and sports equipment to the school in the past. During her frequent visits to the school, Ajmera came close to these little children from the Adivasi community and realized their intense desire to see the World like the city kids, an opportunity they lacked coming from a rural background and born in utmost poverty.

“Children from adivasi and tribal communities in India are unfortunate to experience a life which is totally in contrast with the life of children in the city. It was such a delightful experience to get these Adivasi children to Mumbai and take them around for a city tour for the first time. They were screaming and shouting out of joy and happiness. We received an overwhelming response and encouragement from their parents and teachers as well. They have showered immense blessings on us, which has made this year’s Christmas Eve ‘a day to remember’ for us says Pragati.

Pehchaan Pragati Foundation provides basic amenities such as new school uniforms, blankets, teaching material to the Z. P. PRI School. Earlier, the Foundation had organized a medical camp and taken doctors from the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai to this school where they undertook medical campaigns for students in the age group of 1-5 years and their teachers. In addition, the Foundation also works for women empowerment and girl child care, providing Sanitation facilities and pure drinking water in the tribal villages and schools.

Ajmera said, “Our focus is in reaching out to such schools and underprivileged and poor children in Igatpuri. Since these activities cannot be run by only one person, we continue to reach out to other organizations in Igatpuri such as the Rotary International, Lions International, Jain Unnati Group etc. These organizations have made an effort to support us by making their contribution in their own way towards such activities. My next plan is to impart skills to these children such as drawing and sketching skills and Ganpati idol making from ceramics and other vocational training courses.”

Pehchaan Pragati Foundation is an NGO founded by philanthropist Pragati Ashok Ajmera and her family in 2015. She is the Founder Trustee and President of the foundation and has been involved in Social work for last 40 years. Pehchaan Pragati Foundation has and will continue to have a primary objective to help lesser privileged people of the society for their educational and healthcare needs with special emphasis on women empowerment and upliftment of children and women in the tribal areas. Pehchaan Pragati Foundation has done a remarkable job in the villages of Igatpuri Taluka, Nasik District.

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