Champions Of Philanthropy

Much has been written about our fellow Zoroastrians affected by the Pandemic and the various welfare initiatives undertaken to support them. The benevolence and munificence of donors who have played the most significant role in supporting those affected, should be acknowledged, so that we can show our gratitude to and celebrate the generosity of the spirit of donors who have stood by the community in all times of crisis – be it for individuals in times of personal distress or during natural disasters such as the current epidemic that continues to hold the lives and livelihood of people the world over, at ransom.

The ongoing Novel Corona – 19 Virus, known as the Covid Pandemic, has, since late March 2020, been playing havoc with lives of millions in India and rest of the world.

Us Zoroastrians too have not been spared. A few thousand of our minuscule community have suffered tremendously, by way of the loss of loved ones and the loss of livelihood – be it in form of employment, business, loss of agriculture, dairy, poultry produce, etc. And with places of worship remaining shut, on account of the lockdown, our Priests too have suffered immense hardships due to loss of income.

Fortunately, for our community, we have a very solid history embedded in our psyches that has always brought out at all times, the finest spirit of compassion and philanthropy, which yet again, shone brilliantly during the current pandemic.

On requests sent by World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust and WZO Trust Funds to donors worldwide to provide support for Zoroastrians affected by the Pandemic and those in various forms of economic distress, the response has been phenomenal, with a total of Rs.4,31,14,532 having been received, as on September 09, 2020.

Of the total of Rs.4,31,14,532, five donors have contributed Rs.10,00,000 and above viz:

The balance amount of Rs. 24,59,860/- has been received from multiple donors who have contributed towards the humanitarian effort.

WZO Trusts’ extend their heartfelt and sincere gratitude to each and every one of our donors for the munificent support they have extended towards this humanitarian cause and continue to do so. It is such largesse that has enabled the WZO Trusts’ to reach out to assist community members in various forms of distress due to the pandemic, and will continue to do so, in the months to come. Without the support of donors, it would not have been possible for WZO Trusts’ to undertake multifarious community centric welfare activities over the last 29 years.

The real measure of men is not determined by what they have done or achieved, but by what they have given. In this regard, our Zoroastrian philanthropy has proven, time and again, that it is second to none. The true spirit in the words of John Wesley, 18th century theologian – “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can” – is aptly reflected by the indomitable energy of Zoroastrian philanthropy, that has persevered over centuries.

Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming these is what makes life meaningful!

WZO Trusts’ are very grateful to all donors, immaterial of the size of their donations, for the confidence reposed and continuous support extended in diverse facets of community welfare.

Our Donors are truly and indeed, the ‘Champions of Philanthropy’.

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