Smita Thackeray helmed Mukkti Foundation has been instrumental in distributing over 8,500 meals to the needy along with 2,000 face shields for our frontline COVID-19 warriors!
Mukkti Foundation, under the aegis of firebrand social activist Smita Thackeray, has always been on a forefront on making a difference in everyone's lives. From taking a stand against discrimination and social awareness of HIV/AIDS patients and the trauma they go through, empowerment of women and children, the cause of education, welfare and environment activism, the foundation hasn't shied away from doing the right things in these trying times!
COVID-19 has disrupted everything across the world! Battling a pandemic that no one has battled in their lives before, Smita Thackeray believes that we are suddenly facing a scenario that we could not really fathom. With everyone trying to cope with the anxiety and uncertainty in their lives, many are trying to survive with their limited resources as the earnings are brought to a suddne stop! “At Mukkti, we always step in and contribute in however best way we can. In the past, we've conducted fundraisers for calamities across the country including in Gujarat, Rajasthan et al to survive drought. Mukkti has also raised funds for Kargil war veterans. During Coronavirus pandemic, we are trying to contribute to the welfare of the less fortunate,” she says.
Shedding light to the initiatives undertaken by Team Mukkti, Smita reveals that her son Rahul and his wife Aditi started an initiative in association with the ASBB Foundation. Mukkti Foundation with Association Of Social Beyond Boundaries, is distributing food to the Police, stranded labourers, BMC workers, beggars, sex workers in areas across Mumbai including Andheri, Vile Parle, Khar, Santa Cruz, Bandra, Mahim, Dadar, Mahalaxmi, Grant Road and Kamathirpura ensuring they are fed! “We'd like to thank Sagar Jain, Raj and the entire team of ASBB Foundation. Without them it would have not been possible to reach out to so many people at times.
Also, with the increase in the number of cases we have come across among doctors, nurses, paramedics among other medical staff getting infected, we are sponsoring face shields and providing protective gear to several hospitals,” shares Smita while adding, “We have distributed more than 2,000 face shields so far! We are also helping the farmers by sourcing organic fruits and vegetables to people across different areas.” So far, Mukkti Foundation has distributed over 8,500 meals to people across the city!
Mukkti Foundation has raised funds through crowd-funding as well as donors who believe in the initative. Collectively, it has helped with the food distribution drive to aid dabbawalas, shares Aaishvary Thackeray, Smita Thackeray's younger son. He contributed for the food grains for over 100 dabbawalas!