Mazi Sainik Shikshan Ani Swasthya Kalyan Sanstha

Educating first-generation tribal children

On a rainy Friday morning, we decided to trek down to Bhivpuri, which is one train stop before Karjat. While actual trekking is what brings most people to Karjat, it was a visit to the NGO – Mazi Sainik Shikshan Ani Swasthya Kalyan Sansthan that brought us here.

A difficult name to recall, unless one is familiar with Marathi, Mazi Sainik Shikshan Ani Swasthya Kalyan Sansthan is Marathi for “The Armed Forces School for Education and Health.” The name makes sense when one delves a bit into its founding story. Set up by Mr. M. Prasad, a retired Indian Navy veteran, it was initially set up for the rehabilitation and welfare of ex-servicemen.

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How it all began

The dank, dilapidated looking school that houses Daffodil could pass for any unkempt building in a small village.

But what sets this organisation apart from the others is the gentleman running the show – a garrulous old man with a stocky built and a never say die attitude. So it came as no surprise when he shared with us that he is a retired Indian Navy veteran. Mr. M. Prasad, not only brought glory to the country in numerous wars, but after being selected by the Indian Government to train in the U.S.S.R., erstwhile Russia, had the opportunity to update our naval officers with the advanced ways of the Soviet and bring us on par with the world.

 

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Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer your time to teach English, Maths, Computers etc. (all SSC Board Examination subjects). You will need to be willing to trek down to Karjat for the same. Write to biman.mistry@gmail.com to take it forward.

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