Sona Charitable Trust
The Sona Charitable Trust was established in 1991 with the aim to carry out extensive work in the areas of education, healthcare (for the community at large and specifically for the aged), rural development and to build consciousness amongst people on a variety of subjects. The format of the Trust allows it to work in partnership with and to support, other not for profit organizations.
The early days of the trust saw it working in a philanthropic mode where scholarships were given to deserving students, tuition fees for deserving students was paid directly to the school, donation of educational materials was undertaken, donations were made to smaller grassroots organizations working in rural areas as well as support to handicapped children. The trust has also contributed towards awareness programmes on children’s issues.
Since then the trust has become far more strategic in its approach, where it now aims to become a catalyst for social change. The trust has adopted a village in Haryana where is has been working in the areas of healthcare, education and women’s upliftment for over 4 years. Today the health services are run in partnership with the community where the patients contribute a small sum towards the upkeep and growth of the centre. The education services include basic education and vocational training for students and youth from the community. Again this is done with the active participation of the beneficiaries. The trust also worked closely with women’s groups from the community and helped them imbibe several community related values.
Taking forward the theme of education, the trust actively supports and managed an ITI (Industrial Training Institute) in Public Private Partnership with the Government of Haryana. The ITI is managed by representatives of the trust and the Sona Management team who work towards making the students “job ready”. The institute now boasts of an over 65% placement track record, which is significantly higher that before the Sona intervention.
The Sona Charitable Trust is actively engaging with the local community at Nagina Village (70Kms from Gurgaon) in Mewat district to develop community development programmes.
In the areas of consciousness, the Sona Charitable Trust, has been funding The Sona Devotional Music Awards for the past 2 years. This serves as a platform for young artists to perform with maestros such as Anup Jalota who in turn mentors the winners and introduces them to devotional music opportunities. The objective is to keep the art form of spiritual music alive – in an environment when spaces for traditional culture are dying.
The trust has also significantly contributed towards building an old age home at Village Nanaksar, near Ludhiana in Punjab.
The Sona Charitable Trust gets its funding from a multitude of sources, including the Kapur Family, donations from the Sona Group and associated companies, well wishers and individual donors.