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About the NGO
Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust
More than five decades ago, Rajiv Mehta founded Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust as a small family-run organisation to help young children from disadvantaged communities rise above the circumstances they were born into and have a better chance at building their future without the shadow of poverty.
Their flagship initiative is the Disability Project, under which they use innovative technology to support children with disabilities and build their self-confidence. To date, they have provided mobility equipment - such as polio calipers, prosthetics, wheelchairs and crutches - to more than 2.5lakh beneficiaries. Ratna Nidhi have also been one of the pioneers in organising mobility camps across India.
For instance, 11-year-old Abdul Khan, who lives in the slums of Mahim with his parents and grandparents, was born without both his legs due to a birth defect. He hadn’t been able to move independently and had to be carried to school every day.
When the boy was eight, he was provided with prosthetic legs by Ratna Nidhi and he took the first steps of his life at their centre. Seeing her son walk, Abdul’s mother said: “He always wanted to wear a pair of jeans and I would never know what to tell him. My son can finally wear a pair of jeans now and walk on his own.”
Their other projects such as Food for Education, Mission Million Books, Open Library, Library On Wheels and Scholarship Program to support children and families of terror attacks in Mumbai, ensure underprivileged children aren’t deprived of education and food, and have a chance at a better future.