Visit to Mango Tree Trust in India

December 12, 2016

Himanshu Bhatia recently became a member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC). The SPLC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.

During a recent trip to India, Himanshu Bhatia spent a day at Mango Tree Trust, a children's charity in Goa, India. This organization supports about 170 disadvantaged children daily, Monday through Friday. Mango Tree Trust offers the following to children in need:

  • A registered pre-primary school for children ages 3-6, preparing them to enter conventional school in the following years.
  • Afternoon school classes for older children who currently attend conventional school. After their regular school day is complete, the children go to Mango Tree for lunch and afternoon classes.
  • A full-time nurse who visits with the older and younger children to help with health and hygiene. Parents are notified of any medical issues and costs of medical treatment are covered.
  • Nutritious meals served to all children and delivered meals to children who are unable to attend.
  • Celebration of all religious festivals and national days in India and monthly birthday parties.
  • School administration and support to assist families with local school enrollment.
  • A children's bank to encourage learning the value of money and saving towards a goal.
  • Distribution of donated, second-hand clothes and toys.

"I enjoyed spending time with the children at Mango Tree during my visit. If these children did not have this school to come to, they would be out on the streets with their parents picking trash, looking for items to sell (plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc.). Not only does this wonderful school provide the children with hot meals, books and backpacks, it also provides a very good education!" said Mrs. Himanshu Bhatia.

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