Spirit W | Shree Sankalp Pratisthan's Sangeeta Ahir on charity and more...
Charity as a trait comes naturally to people while, societal occurrences inspire some to go self less and do good to people. Also, in today’s day and age, charity as an act has crossed barriers like age, community, class etc, thus bringing people from a cross section of society to set up institutions or be a part of it, so work towards issues that a lot of Indians face today. Shree Sankalp Pratisthan is one such charitable institution registered under the Indian Trust Act with a mission to impact the lives of people across communities, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Sangeeta Ahir along with her husband Sachin Ahir, Minister of State, Maharashtra founded a trust Shree Sankalp Pratishthan .
Adgully spoke to Sangeeta Ahir, Co-founder of Charitable Trust Shree Sankalp Pratisthan who shared about how the institution was formed, her professional journey and more…
Apart from just being a socialist, Ahir states that she is deeply interested in films and currently is the Director of Mangal Murti Films Pvt. Ltd. The company has produced films like ‘Vaah! Life ho Toh Aisi’ (directed by Mahesh Manjrekar starring Sanjay Dutt, Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao), ‘Apne’ (starring Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty), Guddu Rangeela- directed by national award winner Subhash Kapoor, starring- Arshad Warsi, Amit Sadh, Aditi Rao Hyadri. The other projects in the pipeline include – Madhur Bhandarkar’s next - Calendar girls and Rohit Shetty's next untitled film speculated to have four lead actors in it.
Ahir states that ‘development of the society’ has been her inner sentiment and feeling for long. Her endeavours to create a sustainable structure in society have played an important role in uplifting the standard of living for citizens of her surroundings.
Sharing about the birth of the NGO and the other services the institution offers, she said, “More than social work, we call it bonding. We are responsible individuals and we do not only look after the water gutter meter but we also do not want to leave the oppressed left for begging. Currently, through SSP, we aim to help the people of Worli (Mumbai) by providing them education, medical aid; organising job fairs, where hundreds of young localities are offered on-the-spot jobs, organising socio-cultural activities to enhance inter community tolerance etc.” Sankalp Pratisthan hosts cultural events like Dahi Handi Utsav wherein prize money is utilized for various social activities. Worli Mahotsav, an event that brings every section of the society together with NO caste, religious or age discrimination.
The trust had organized ‘Sankalp Yuva’ Distribution camp’, Career Counselling & Award Distribution at Jamborie Maidan, Worli, where young drop-out students were given away laptops and books to students who did not have the resources and finances for further education and were told about the importance of education and how it shapes their lives. Shree Sankalp Pratisthan Medical Centre has cured more than 450 cataract operations for free helping individuals to see the world in a new way. “This makes me immensely happy and touched to have helped these people towards a healthy step in their lives. SSP also started registration campaign for women of the Worli constituency called the ‘Maitree Pariwar’ where more than 5000 women have registered till date. This campaign provides immense benefits by offering saving scheme such as ‘Mahila Bachat Yojana’ for its members in affiliation with HDFC Bank. It allows all the members of the Maitree Pariwar to open free bank accounts along with debit cards. This helps the women save for a better future”, added Ahir.
While every sector calls for its own set of traits and skill sets, performing charitable acts requires immense amount of inspiration as well. Speaking about her inspiration, she said, “There are so many women who have made the country proud. But there is one such person who serves to be a great inspiration for me- Mother Teresa. I respect her for the outstanding contribution to humanity; having dedicated her entire life to the upliftment of the poor and the deprived”.
Sharing some of professional endeavors that have made her proud, Ahir said, “I am a woman and more than strength it is about the opportunities we get to serve these people. This is what makes me proud that I am capable enough to help and service the people of city.”
Concluding the conversation, Ahir affirms that however competitive the world get, there cannot be any imbalance or bias between genders when it comes to charity. “Nobody has an edge over anybody. According to me, it goes hand in hand. And most importantly, behind every successful woman there is a man too”, she opined.