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Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are – Giants Welfare Foundation

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Giants Welfare Foundation is the first India-based International service organization founded on 31st August 1972 by Padmashree Nana Chudasama.

GIANTS stands for Generosity, Integrity, Action, Nobility, Truthfulness, and Service. These qualities are manifestations of good solid citizenship. The GIANTS movement provides its members with an ideology base and organization platform to enable citizens to play their role for community welfare. Every good citizen wishes to do some useful social services. Giants translate that wish into will.

What According To You Is The Role Of NGO’s In CSR?

They are married to each other. Jokes apart, but they are actually each other’s better halves and they harmoniously work hand in hand. While NGOs need CSR to keep functioning, companies providing CSR, usually don’t have the resources to handle the groundwork. That is where they need to collaborate with an effective NGO. From research and identifying the need, to assess the size of the requirement, to implementation of the project undertaken is what a responsible NGO will do. At Giants, we make sure the funds reach the right people at the right time. Our team of dedicated volunteers is well known for their follow-up of every project to make sure the welfare lasts long. After all, CSR is the company’s hard-earned money!

Which Companies You Have Helped With CSR?

We have time and again partnered with companies like Godrej, Parle foods, and HDFC Bank. On several occasions, Piramal Builders has been our venue partners while Jafferbhai’s has been our hospitality partner. We are extremely grateful to them for having put their trust in us.

Would You Like To Share A Success Story Of Your Foundation?

with 47 years of work done by more than 600 groups worldwide, I might have an anthology of success stories, but the one I cherish the most is `The Giant Step’. It’s a Walkathon we conduct every year to conclude our service week where all participants are encouraged to walk for a cause of their choice. Whatever is close to their heart. Big or small. Where every person gets a voice. What started with just a handful of participants has now become a phenomenon people look forward to. We now have people flocking for registrations including celebrities, everyone wanting to make a difference.

What Do You Think CSR Should Be A Mandate Or Voluntary Activity And Why?

Philanthropy comes from within. CSR is deeply connected with values, not with laws. Values cannot be forced, they can be promoted, taught, or awoken. CSR is not charity or mere donations. CSR is a way of conducting business, by which corporate entities visibly contribute to the social good. While I strongly recommend promoting CSR, I’m not sure its as good an idea to impose it.

Any Information That You Would Like To Share With Our Readers?

There are two things we strongly believe: initiative and transparency. Everyone has a voice, everyone has a cause, which is why everyone should take the initiative towards that cause. And while you are on it, complete transparency is what keeps the initiative running for a long time. Like Mahatma Gandhi said, “be the change u want to see in the world”.

So whoever out there wants to make a change, can connect with us. We are on Facebook as GIANTS Welfare Foundation Branch 1A (N.G.O), and on Instagram as #giantswelfarefoundation.

Throw Some Light On Your Future Initiatives

It is Nana’s initiative. He started this movement called GIANTS with only one agenda – to give back to society. We are only following his footsteps. If he was here today, I’m sure he’d be very proud of where we have reached. We have always believed in what Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”.

While Women Empowerment remains the closest to my heart, out of the many social reforms we undertake, this year we intend to emphasize on the social stigma of Mental Health Awareness. India, especially, needs to be more open to the idea that mental health is just as important as physical health, and it is okay to get professional help. Specifically, under this unprecedented lockdown, that has changed our routines, many are fighting anxiety, loneliness, and depression, but they just dismiss the idea of getting professional treatment or therapy for it. Our goal is to liberate our society from the stigma and walk towards complete well-being.

Last but not the least, charity begins at home, but should not end there. Because our fingerprints on the lives we touch shall never fade. – Mehjabeen K.M, President Branch 1A, Giants Welfare Foundation

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