Maheshbai Bhansali at a village project
With over 700 full-time and nearly 2,000 part-time employees, the Bhansali Trust is perhaps bigger than many mid-sized corporates in India. Its projects are supported by governments, organisations and individuals from across the country.
But more than its sheer size, what is significant is that the Trust has today become a household name in poor villages and tribal hamlets in some of the most backward areas of the country. This is thanks to the vision, commitment and hard work put in by a dedicated team of workers over the last four decades and more.
The Bodh Gaya Eye Camp
Tell about the early years of the Bhansali Trust.
We quickly realised that it was not sufficient to do relief work, and that we must develop projects that have a long term impact. Thus the Trust began work in the health and educational spheres.
Children at a school run by the Bhansali Trust
Which are some of the other successful projects?
Among the five schools we first set up, the one at Naroli near Tharad has grown to have about 2,000 students though the village has a population of just 1,500! We have also added a HSC section, and do not charge fees for those enrolled for the Science course. There are boys and girls hostels that accommodate 800 students including 150-200 girls. The project is only partly funded by the government, with the Trust covering the other expenses including the costs of teams that visit the villages each year to identify good students and needy ones.
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