Corporate Social Responsibility

    

Khimavat Trust (India)

About Us

A little inspiration combined with the capability to make a change and the innate desire to give back to the land that raised them led to the creation of the Khimavat Trust. The Trust looks at the world through a broader view and finds ways to contribute to improvement in every sphere of life. From building essential water reservoirs to improving travel infrastructure, from rehabilitating cattle and other animals to assisting tribal groups through several activities including agricultural development, the Khimavat Trust aims to support and promote every aspect of life with its own will and vision.

Founders of the Trust and their Vision

Late Shri Kishoreji Khimavat’s Insight

Late Shri Kishoreji Khimavat’s insight has helped the Trust become the leader of reform it is today in Rajasthan, India, and its surrounding districts. Smt. Basanti Devi Khimavat has always been his pillar of strength, giving him her love and support. Apart from being actively involved in social and environmental services, she is also a very religious person.

The Vision of Shri Kishore Khimavat

Azadirachta Indica Plantation (Neem Tree)

The people of West Rajasthan have always had to endure the scorching heat characteristic of the region. The average rainfall is very low, and the land has become desert-like. Life is difficult in this area. A solution to alleviate this problem was to grow trees throughout the area. Only prickly plants and Acacia Nilotica (Babuls) grow naturally in this region. Experts were consulted about what kind of tree would be best suited to grow in a desert, surviving all the unfavorable conditions. They were of the opinion that Neem trees would grow even in adverse conditions, offering the maximum greenery, which in turn would attract rainfall and moderate temperatures. The Trust observed the success of a similar mass plantation in Israel and replicated the same plan in western Rajasthan. The challenge that the Trust undertook was to plant at least one hundred thousand trees every year. At the start of 2018, the total count was 1,150,000 trees and counting.

Water Conservation Efforts and its Benefits

Water conservation in Western Rajasthan has been an important objective of the Trust. Water conservation is necessary in this region due to the scarcity of rain and the tendency of water to subside below surface levels, which has led to a higher fluoride level in the available water, causing many health hazards. Water was successfully retained through the implementation of base flow blockers and surface barriers in various rivers. Villages have also been provided with anicuts, check dams, larger ponds, wells, and water tanks.

Infrastructure

Improved infrastructure makes it easy to commute and utilize facilities. Once the broad-gauge rail came into existence, the railway station in Rani became inhospitable, as the premises lacked basic facilities. Passengers were facing troubles to enter and alight compartments. The Trust took responsibility and offered its complete support in reconstructing the station as per railway norms. Today, the station in Rani stands out as being in better shape compared to other stations in its line. Other than the normal commuting necessities like platforms and roofing, the Trust also constructed drinking water stalls, marble benches, and other necessities on the railway platform.

Welfare of Birds and Animals

Due to extreme droughts, villages in Rajasthan weren’t able to provide sufficient food and water to their animals, causing local cattle to suffer from malnutrition. Currently, the Trust offers the farmers food for the cattle. Due to the water conservation work carried out by the Trust, water has been made available for the animals year-round, even during the dry summer months.

Medical Treatment

The Trust has taken the initiative to provide free medical treatment for villagers at the Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital in Sumerpur, Rajasthan. Each day, at least two of the surgeries carried out at the hospital are funded by the Trust. Medicinal expenses are also borne by the Trust. Free eye check-up camps are organized, and free eye surgeries are performed for those in need. Those who require glasses are provided with them, free of cost.

The Valchand Manam Khimavat School

Education has been and will always remain an important mission of the Trust. The Trust provides deserving students with financial assistance through scholarships and monetary awards. For the past 11 years, the Trust has been rewarding students who come first in their class. The Trust has also worked tirelessly to maintain the school’s infrastructure.

Food Camps

Food camps are organized on an ongoing basis, and more than 500 families are provided with food grain supplies every year. In Mumbai, in coalition with a philanthropic group, 28,000 people are given a meal every week.

Corporate Social Responsibility - Thailand

The Trust regularly provides the children at the Feung Fah Home for Persons with Disabilities Protection and Development with food, medical help, ice cream, and toys. At Baan Bangkae, an old age home, the Trust looks after basic necessities, everything from food supplies to medicine to daily household items. The Trust carries out a blood donation drive thrice a year in Bangkok and once a year in India.

 

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