Community members are aware that Global Working Group (GWG) – comprising the elected Parsi Irani Zoroastrian Federations, Associations in countries that do not have Federations and some prominent Zoroastrians – in keeping with the economic challenges faced by Mobeds (Priests) and widows of Mobeds, 60 years and above – had, due to the initiative and efforts of GWG President, Neville Shroff, received funds for disbursement during the year 2019, from a Charitable Trust registered overseas, administered by Philanthropy Services Division of a leading international bank.
From the funds received, 109 Mobeds and 30 Widows of Mobeds, 60 years and above, whose annual income is less than Rs.6,00,000/- (in the case of Mobeds) and Rs. 3,00,000/- in the case of widows of Mobeds, are being assisted to the tune of Rs. 19,500/- per quarter (for Mobeds) and Rs.13,500/- per quarter (for Widows of Elderly Mobeds).
The funds have been received by and are disbursed through WZO Trust Funds to the beneficiaries in India.
Many elderly Mobeds and their widows, who having sacrificed gainful employment all their working days, and tended to the spiritual needs of the community, have at best been surviving on very nominal incomes, finding it economically challenging to pass the sunset phase of their lives. It is indeed very commendable, that the Charitable Trust registered overseas, administered by Philanthropy Services Division of a leading international bank, has made it possible to introduce some degree of comfort into the lives of these elderly Mobeds and Widows of Elderly Mobeds who have spent their lives being guardians of our faith.
WZO Trust Funds takes the opportunity to place on record the untiring efforts of GWG President, Neville Shroff, whose initiative and efforts have made it possible for the project to be renewed for the year 2020.