Essar Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Essar, continues to maintain its support towards uplifting communities. It has set a new milestone by providing a new home and essentials to the residents of ‘Jay Janardan Swami Aashram’ in Lasalgaon, Nashik, helping them lead a comfortable life.
Jay Janardan Swami Aashram, an orphanage and home to abandoned senior citizens, is situated 320 kms from Mumbai, and is located in the interiors of Maharashtra in a small village – Lasalgaon.
Essar Foundation has been providing continuous support and assistance to the Aashram for constructing their new premises that will function as living quarters for the residents, and further, ensure their well-being.
Speaking on the occasion, Dominic Dsouza, COO, Essar Foundation said, “Essar Foundation is living up to Essar’s ethos of ‘Creating Value’ not just for its internal and external stakeholders, but for communities as well. It gives us immense pleasure to extend our support to Jay Janardan Swami Aashram to create a holistic development that is human-centric, and to improve the quality of life for its residents.”
Dilip Gunjal, Secretary, Jay Janardan Swami Orphanage, in his testimonial said, “Essar Foundation has taken us under their wings and has provided us with the largest contribution since the inception of the Aashram. We would like to thank Essar for their generous support as they have helped us provide shelter for our children.”
The Aashram is run by a couple – Dilip Baburao Gunjal and Sangeeta Dilip Gunjal and is home to over 90 children (including handicapped and mentally challenged) and around 20 senior citizens. The kids were mostly orphaned or abandoned at a very young age and were rehabilitated through the continued goodwill and efforts of the Aashram. Many of the elders were tragically ousted by their own kin once they became old.
The children have been enrolled at the local municipal school for their education.