Bombay Community Public Trust, The (BCPT) was set up as a Community Chest funding intermediary, which enables citizens to channelize resources to solve civic problems. BCPT has been well supported by leading banks, corporates, Indian business houses and large Indian foundations over the years.
BCPT’s key objective is to build capacities and enable existing NGOs to perform better. Acting as a catalyst and as a managerial resource, BCPT has assisted 342 projects run by 142 NGOs in the past 15 years. The Trust has focused on enabling rather than implementing, resulting in empowerment of community groups, citizens, NGOs and other bodies. Projects run by BCPT are broadly categorised under the areas of:
BCPT supports different initiatives, ranging from balwadis to non-formal education and community libraries. The Trust is involved with over 10 balwadis and municipal schools promoting education for underprivileged and street children. Other initiatives include:
- Training of teaching volunteers and municipal teachers
- Computer Centre
- School on Wheels
- Awards and Scholarships
Senior Citizens’ Support Programmes:
Currently BCPT supports needs of old age people through:
- Addressing needs after identifying old age people in specific districts.
- Day care centres have been inititated by BCPT since 2000. It supported 13 such centres during FY14.
- Offer subsidised or free medical check-ups.
Health and Nutrition:
The Trust’s work includes community health initiatives and a mobile hospital for street children. Environment and Waste Management Programmes are to create awareness about the need for hygiene, sanitation and conservation of resources conducted regularly.