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Monday, April 26, 2010

Professionals on a mission to make other lives better

Date : 26-April-2010
Courtsey : DNA, Mumbai

Mumbai: Mulund-based eye surgeon Dr Vinod Goyal always believed that “enthusiasm of the young, coupled with the experience of elders, makes for the perfect combination.” It was during one of his chats with his nephew Ashish Goyal, 24-year-old software professional, that the doctor sensed an opportunity to put his belief into practice.

In his capacity as a medical professional, Vinod Goyal has been running a free OPD for poor patients every Saturday at his clinic for the past 13 years. Also, he has been organising free eye camps and awareness camps in civic body-run schools at Bhandup, Mulund, Thane, Powai and Navi Mumbai.

“My nephew said he too wanted to contribute towards the society in some way. So I told him to put his expertise as a software professional to good use, just the way I was putting my medical knowledge to use,” said Goyal, who offered young Ashish complete support if the latter managed to collect some like-minded youngsters and start a charity foundation.

And that’s how Umang Foundation was born. Two years on, the team at Umang Foundation now comprises about 220-odd professionals from various sectors like IT, management and finance. The young volunteers have already organised 141 activities for social welfare. Most volunteers have weekends off and so that is when the activities are conducted.

“Umang aims at doing one activity for the society every week. Be it spending time at a home for the aged or teaching street children or donating blood,” said Ashish Goyal, who has worked with an investment bank for three years. With almost 50% of the volunteers being IT professionals, not surprisingly, internet is the preferred tool of communication for Umang’s network.

“We communicate with each other through e-mails all through the week and decide on one particular event every weekend,” said Sweta Singh, 24, a software professional with Hexaware Technologies Ltd. Singh, a Bhandup-resident, who wanted to do her bit for the society, simply ‘googled’ for ‘NGOs in Mumbai’, and chanced upon Umang’s contacts in July 2009. “I liked the concept and enjoyed the very first activity. We went to three schools in Dombivili and distributed stationary to students,” she said.

“Umang is open to anyone who wants to join, provided he/she is willing to do something good for the society,” said Ashish Goyal, who with his uncle is one of the founder members of Umang. “We have visited urban slums and tribal villages. Since January this year, we have organised blood donation camps, medical camps in slums, clothes distribution drives in Bhivpuri and Kadav villages in Karjat, and also a Mumbai darshan trip for cancer patients,” he said.

Over the next few weekends, Umang plans to organise more blood donation camps and are looking for sponsors to educate gifted poor children. For more information about Umang Foundation and its activities, visit or write into

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Promote Education 2010

Come Forward... Join us... It's a massive drive to promote education in our country.


Umang Foundation is working very closely with other NGOs and Govt Agencies who can help us to identify the correct students in the schools and regularly monitor them with their requirements.

In Last 2 years, we have supported almost 1700 financially deprived students with education material. This year, we have elevated our support with a commitment to 10,000 students. In Phase 1, we will be supporting 5,000 students starting upcoming education session.

For this we invite every individual and corporate enrollment and participation… if we work hand in hand we are sure, the task in hand won’t take long to complete… lets all be partner in this noble cause…

Here are the details, how every individual and corporate can work together with us to complete this commitment with no looking back.

Phase I:

Number of Students: 5,000 (1st – 8th class)
[1 dozen notebook (combination of Single Line / Double Line / Square Line) + Pencils + Sharpener + Eraser + scale]

Average per student cost : Rs. 300/- (basic stationary material as mentioned above)

Together we can make big difference, you can contribute from anywhere in the country

You can do Online Transfer in Umang Foundation's ICICI Bank – Powai, Mumbai Branch Account 002 005 026 951 (Write your name in comments)

Looking forward for your reply to provide education material to thousands of under privilege and financially deprived students in our society. You can write us on or call us on +91 - 98199 40222

[For Corporate: Contribution for 1,000 student by a corporate, we will place corporate logo on the notebook cover…as a token of appreciation and association for this participation…]

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