Pay It Forward: Youngsters From Borivli Do Their Bit With The Shashwat Youth Foundation

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With an aim to uplift the deprived sections of our society, a group of youngsters started an initiative that runs entirely on sacrifices made from their pocket money. Read more about the Shashwat Youth Foundation that works for several good causes

Working under the banner of Shashwat Youth Foundation (SYF), youngsters in the age group of 17 to 25 years formed an informal group just last year that comprised of friends and acquaintances with a common purpose to help the underprivileged. The organisation aims to achieve different causes, rooted in the idea of uplifting people from the disadvantaged sections of our society. The group has no source of income other than their own pockets and generously makes sacrifices to save money and donate to those who are in need of it.

Mit Shah distributing food
Mit Shah distributing food

Mit Shah, a 19-year-old and a group member of SYF says, “It was my friend Yashesh and I who first had the thought that rather than wasting money and spending it on unnecessary things, we should pool it and do something for the needy. That is the time we decided to bring all our friends together for the cause.” This thought grew into a cause and soon the pair grew into a group of 80 youngsters. Most of them are freshers in their field and save a certain amount towards this cause. Many of the group members are just college students who get allowance from their parents but use it for a good purpose than just splurging.

The group took up their first mission last year when they distributed food and household items to an orphanage called Shanti Ashram in Gorai. That same year, they also donated school fees for parents who couldn’t afford it. They made a donation of around 1 lakh rupees for more than 40 students and extended the aid this year to 70 students. The youngsters also chipped in for stationery and gave it to these students. Mit adds, “The money we gathered is mostly from our pockets and partly from the donations given by our elders.”

Yashesh Shah distributing food to the needy
Yashesh Shah distributing food to the needy

It’s been more than a year since the inception of this group and they have already paid fees for more than 110 students. Yashesh Shah, a 21-year-old member of the group says,“We operate through word-of-mouth, SMSes and our Facebook page to spread awareness on any of our initiatives. People read it and contact us to make their contributions. We also put in maximum efforts to achieve our goal.”

The group has not registered as an NGO and prefers to operate as an informal group where people can work and dedicate their time completely out of will and not obligation. Yashesh adds, “We are currently only focusing on schools and underprivileged people around our area. We will soon expand but for now we prefer it going this way. Usually, everyone collects funds and at our regular meetings we decide how we distribute it and who will benefit from it.” Yashesh also feels that registering as an NGO will force them to give designations to members which is inappropriate as they wise to work as equals.

Since the festival of Diwali is near, this group is currently working on donating some clothes to people on the footpaths and in orphanages. Mit proudly adds, “Diwali is new year for us. Everyone buys new clothes and prepare for the festival. Why deprive those who can’t afford? We plan to distribute clothes this Diwali in our vicinity. This will definitely make them happy and they can also experience the joy of this festival.”

If you want to help them with their initiative, visit their facebook page here. Heard of other stories from the city you would like to share with us, email them to story@mumbaimag.com.

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Always curious, writing was something she discovered accidentally which she now enjoys. Loves reading fiction, dislikes staying idle and enjoys spontaneous trips or treks over weekends.