MASARD Welfare Society - Qause

MASARD Welfare Society

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Meet the NGO

MASARD’s Vision is building up a society, devoid of all forms of disparities and capable of sustaining itself without poverty, disease or hunger; harmoniously balanced between man and nature. In realizing this vision, MASARD embarks on process of empowerment of the downtrodden and vulnerable sections of the society, promoting in them economic independence and social dignity through strategic participatory planning. This is done in a way that the harmonious relationship between man and nature is preserved, protected and promoted. It became operational in the year 1983 and registered under Societies’ Registration Act. Presently it is involved in the life and growth of the poorest of the poor in 10 urban slums of Bangalore, and 75 rural villages near Hosur in Tamilnadu and Budigere in Karnataka. Over the last thirty four years, through its many interventions, it has been able to successfully and meaningfully impact the lives of thousands of the poor and the needy, as well as the environment.

Meet the Founder

Dr. Fernandes started working in Social Development Sector since his early schooling in the sixties, and in 1983 along with a group of his friends, he founded a grass root workers’ organization called MASARD (mass-based association for social service and rural development). Under his guidance, Masard has been able to effectively reach out to thousands of poor and the needy in States of Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Goa and Maharashtra through different welfare and development programs. Responding to the greatly felt needs, he also founded Ashanilaya Orphanage at Bangalore where 50 orphan children are provided integrated care, and Ashagram Children’s Village near Hosur in Tamilnadu where facilities are being created for integrated care of 150 orphans and children living in very difficult circumstances, creating future and giving hope for these children at risk. Dr. Fernandes is also on the Governing Board of several Indian and international NGOs, making available to them his long experience and insights in Social Development policy framing and program planning /administration.

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