Puncham: A Beacon of Corporate Social Responsibility

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Puncham Began

Puncham’s inception was a result of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ignited within five dedicated housewives. Their hearts brimmed with a desire to make a positive impact on society, setting the stage for an extraordinary journey. The spark of kindness they kindled initiated a tireless pursuit of change, one that would touch countless lives. At the core of Puncham’s journey is a robust commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility. This journey began with just five individuals but soon attracted more like-minded souls who shared the same spirit of compassion and the desire to make a difference. Under the guiding light of Mrs. Rani Poddar, Puncham evolved from a small group of five to an organization with over a hundred members. Puncham’s mission is clear — to champion culture, support the underprivileged, inculcate values based on religion, foster togetherness, and care for children at all levels of society. One of Puncham’s primary Corporate Social Responsibility objectives is education and healthcare for the underprivileged. However, Puncham doesn’t merely stop at well-intentioned gestures. Every CSR initiative it undertakes is meticulously designed to cater to genuine needs, ensuring that the impact is meaningful and sustainable.

Drinking Water Fountains

Incidentally, at a dinner in 1982, Puncham came up with an idea of establishing drinking water fountains across Mumbai. This idea came into being because Mrs. Poddar witnessed one early morning, a poor man quenching his thirst by drinking water from a roadside drain. Hence, PUNCHAM built the first drinking water fountain (Pyau) at Girgaum Chowpatty. Today there are about 12 drinking water fountains at various sites in Mumbai. They are well maintained and are cleaned regularly with our corporate social responsibility

With our corporate social responsibility, These cold drinking water fountains were inaugurated by Shri I H Latif Hon. Governor of Maharashtra., Smt Jaywantiben Mehta, Union Power Minister, Shri Dattaji Nalawade Mayor of Mumbai, Shri Arvind Sawant, Muncipal Comissioners of Mumbai Mr Ranganathan, Mr Karun Shrivastav, Mr Johny Joseph, Mr Tinaikar &Mr Nalinakshan, and Shri Gopinath Munde, Shri Pramod Mahajan, Shri Chaggan Bhujbal, Shri Ramravadik, and many Bollywood stars like Mrs Hema Malini, Padmani Kolahpure, Juhi Babbar, Mausmi chatterjee, Poonam Dhillon, Yukta Mookhey Tv Artist Tanaaz Irani and Tv Anchor Parijat Kohla also supported Mrs Poddar for this noble cause by attending the inauguration.

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Child Aid

Puncham being a child aid association organizes many programmes for children. The funds collected through Puncham are used sensitively mostly for charities. Beds were installed for the patients of Nargis Dutt critical unit which were donated to Mr Sunil Dutt. 200 beds were also changed in the Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital. With our corporate social responsibility, Puncham has also opened a library for children who cannot afford to buy books in Dharavi and a toy library for children in Kalina, in the companionship of Mrs Bilkish Latif Ex Lady Governor of Maharashtra.
Celebration of mentally disabled children’s birthdays is given a lot of importance since Puncham is always on a lookout to uplift the spirits of these little ones. Puncham participates and donates funds for organizing fun and fairs regularly for the inmates of the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital and Mankhurd Children’s home. Midday meals and free lunches are also provided at various municipal hospitals, Iskcon School & FPH.Puncham has adopted the Balwadi children where along with food it has donated books and stationery. Also, to inculcate the spirit of togetherness, patriotism and mutual responsibility Puncham has tried to bring together the children by celebrating Republic Day, Rakhi, Independence Day and Christmas.

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Christmas Carnival - 2023

Relive the magic of Cannzo India’s Christmas Carnival 2023! 🌟 Our festive extravaganza brought together families, volunteers, and the community for a day filled with joy, laughter, and holiday cheer.

🎅 Highlights:

  • Meet and greet with Santa Claus
  • Creative crafts at Santa’s Workshop
  • Fun games for all ages
  • Enchanting carol performances
  • Delicious Christmas treats

A heartfelt thank you to our volunteers and attendees for making this event a resounding success. Browse through the photo gallery to revisit the festive moments and stay tuned for future community events. Together, we create memories that last a lifetime!

Other Events for a Social Cause

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With our Corporate Social Responsibility Distribution of vada pao, sharbat is done at the time of Ganpati. Puncham donated spectacles at eye camps where Dr. Kulin Kothari was invited through Mrs. Poddar.

Being sensitive to the needs of the blind people Puncham donated tape recorders, so it could provide company to these specially abled and bring a smile to them at time of challenge.

Gumboots & Umbrellas are distributed each rainy season. Ambulances were donated to the ‘Association for the blind’ on the request of Shri Dilip Kumar a known personality of the film line and to ‘Indian Cancer Society’ on the request of Dr. Jassawala to help the cancer patients, along with this Puncham has also donated, an Ambulance, a matador van and wheel chairs to Fellowship of the Physically Handicapped (FPH). Footwear was distributed to theweaker section of the society to prevent their feet from burning while walking bare feet on the roads in scorching heat. Grain and milk is also distributed by PUNCHAM regularly to the poor and needy.

Puncham believes in “GREEN MUMBAI CLEAN MUMBAI” and for this Puncham every year donates Neem and Tulsi saplings to all the visitors at its Puncham Bazaar. Puncham has also tied up with other organisations for the plantation of Tulsi and Neem saplings across Mumbai.

Mrs Poddar and her members have participated in “SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN” recently and have also invited school children to be a part of this Abhiyan.