The Calcutta Zoroastrian Stree Mandal was founded in 1936 with the principal object of granting relief to indigent families of our community residing in and around Calcutta and to assist them in improving their condition.
The Mandal extends help in the form of medicine, medical care, hospitalization, rations, supplementary diet, school and college education fees, including cost of books, clothes, etc. All cases are reinvestigated annually.
In 1967, a two-storeyed building in Park Circus was acquired through the generous and active support of the Parsee Community of Calcutta and efforts in raising funds through various programmes. In 1980 a floor was added. At present the building houses nine needy Parsee families.
The Mandal is affiliated to Women’s Co-ordinating Council, West Bengal and West Bengal Council of Women. Through these organizations the Mandal sponsors adult literacy programmes, education and vocational training of girls in poor villages of West Bengal. Education fees of one child is paid to the S.O.S. Children’s Village, West Bengal. Donations are made to appropriate funds in times of natural calamities and to other deserving causes like the Leprosy Mission, orphanages, infirmaries, etc. in Gujarat and West Bengal.
The Mandal has nearly 400 members comprising of Life, Ordinary and Associate members. Donations and subscriptions help the Mandal to serve the needy. All donations made to the Mandal are exempt under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
The members’ monthly social programmes are varied, cultural and entertaining. They provide an opportunity for members to get together and thereby help to augment the funds.
To celebrate its 175th year in 2011, The Mandal released a book detailing its past history and present activities.
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