The Popatlal Prabhudas Charitable Medical Centre

Dental Camp -Rotary Service CentreLocated on first floor of the Rotary Service Centre on Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai, the Medical Centre has been serving the neighbourhood community since 1972. Today, it caters to more than 15000 patients in a year in its well-equipped General OPD, Dental, Physiotherapy, Homoeopathy, Skin, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Diabetology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics and Pathology Departments. The Medical Centre also successfully runs a TB Cure Centre as also does counselling on TB and HIV / AIDS besides organizing onsite and offsite general and speciality Medical Camps.

For more information on the facilities and medical practitioners visiting the medical centre, please click here.

Rotary Bombay West Institute for the Deaf and K.D.N.Shruti School for Hearing Impaired

KDN Shruti School copyStarted in June 1973 with 9 children, the project has grown to be one of the finest Schools for the hearing impaired. Today it has over 100 children learning in four different languages. The present building was inaugurated in 1982. Involvement of our Rotarians in day-to-day functioning of the school is perhaps the reason for its success. The School building is now named as ‘Surajba Bhavan’. The Institute now also has the latest ‘Cochlear Implant & Infant training Centre’. The institute also has an advanced Audiology center equipped with soundproof room and latest Audiology equipments for students and members of the community.

To know more about Shruti School, please click here

Rotary D G Goenka Blood Bank

blood_bank_6Set up 2003, Rotary D.G.Goenka Blood Bank is one of the most innovative golden jubilee projects of the Club. A state-of-the-art facility located at BSES MG Hospital managed by Brahmakumaris, offers the latest in Blood Component Therapy. The components available at the Blood Bank are Packed red cells, Fresh frozen plasma, Platelets, Cryoprecipitate and Cryodepleted plasma, along with whole Blood. Funded by Rotary Club of Bombay West, Roatry District 7120 and the Rotary Foundation, the equipment has been sourced globally and is licensed by State Food and Drug Administration.

Rotary D G Goenka Blood Bank is one of the very few blood banks with facilities for Blood Components. It is the only blood bank that offers Component facility in its area. The Blood Bank is open 24 hours thus making the Blood and Components available round the clock for needy patients. The Blood Bank organizes voluntary Blood donation camps regularly at colleges, corporate offices and public places with support from Rotary Club of Bombay West and Rotaract Clubs (the youth wing of Rotary movement). These camps ensure continuous availability of Blood and Components. For more information, please visit website of BSES MG Hospital or click here

During Rotary Year 2016-17, the Club co-sponsored a Blood Transport Vehicle for the Blood Bank to ferry doctors, para-medic staff, equipments and blood when organizing off-site blood collection drives.  The Club also provided a state-of-the-art Hematology Analyzer to the Blood Bank to upgrade its facilities.

RCBW Chair In Management For Non-Profit Organisation At NMIMS :

Since the 80s, the NGO or voluntary service organisation sector has been growing rapidly.  A lot of them were inspired and managed by individuals and the lact of training that could prepare people for working in this sector was hampering the growth of both individuals and NGOs.

Sensing this need, the Chair was established in 1991, making NMIMS one of the earliest institutions in this country to develop training in the voluntary sector. In collaboration with our Club, the Institute conducted short-term courses in areas of management of NGOs and designed a Certificate / Diploma Programme in Management of Voluntary Service Organisation which was subsequently upgraded in 2007 to an MBA Programme in Social Entrepreneurship.

The Chair has made a significant difference in demonstrating the application of management to social sector by developing appropriate academic courses, conducting research, organizing field interventions and winning global recognition.  The students have won national and global awards and we feel proud that the studentswho pass out from this Institute are agents of change in their chosen careers.

For more information on the course, please click here – MBA (Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Management)

Shri Mahavir Prasad Ruia Vocational Loan Scholarships

This programme aims to help deserving students in the community whose financial constraints prohibited them from pursuing vocational and professional courses by offering Loan Scholarships.  The interest-free loan is repaid by the students or parents in instalments once they have completed their education and have obtained gainful employment.

The response to the programme has been overwhelming.  So far, we have disbursedover Rs.120 lakhs to more than 600 students and the repayment track-record is extremely satisfactory.

Under this programme, loans are given only for studies in India.

To know more about the Loan Scholarship or to apply for one, please click here

Kalyan Banerjee Leadership Lecture Series

In 2011-12, when Rtn.Kalyan Banerjee was the President of Rotary International, our Club initiated this ‘Kalyan Banerjee Leadership Lecture’ Series after seeking his blessings to do so.  The lecture series was named after him as a mark of respect to his leadership skills, having been appointed to the highest office in the Rotary World – and being only the third Indian to be so honoured in the over 100 years history of Rotary.

The purpose of the annual lecture is to contribute to the public debate about contemporary issues in economics, business and finance. The lecturer is normally either a distinguished academic, businessman or a policy maker, and the speakers are chosen on the basis of their ability to illuminate some large and important topic which has wide relevance for policy makers, academics, and business people.

The earlier orations under this series were delivered by –

Padma Vibhushan Dr.Raghunath Mashelkar and he spoke on “Reinventing India”

Dr.Dipak Jain, Former Dean of North Western University’s Kellogg’s School of Management talked aboutBusiness Landscape in India : The Decade Ahead D” and

Mr. Adil Zainulbhai, Former Chairman of McKinsey India and Quality Council of India spoke on ‘India Growth Story’

On 31st May 2017, oration under Kalyan Banerjee Leadership Lecture Series was delivered by Brand Guru Mr.Jagdeep Kapoor, CMD, Samsika Marketing Consultants on “Leadership Brand. Brand Leadership”.  Past Rotary International President and TRF Trustee Chair Rtn.Kalyan Banerjee graced the event at Rotary Service Centre, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai. The packed hall of over 200 people gave a standing ovation to Mr.Kapoor for his wonderful presentation on inter-relation between a good leadership and leadership of the brands which the corporates create in the market place.

Rotary Service Centre

Rotary Service Centre

RCBW is proud of its ‘Rotary Service Centre’ which, with its medical centre and social infrastructure, stands as a temple of service to the community.  Along with Popatlal Prabhudas Charitable Medical Centre, there are two well-appointed Community Halls (or party halls) at the Rotary Service Centre which is prominently located at Rotary Chowk on Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai.

Located on the Ground Floor and Second Floor, these fully air-conditioned community / party / meeting / banquet halls, popularly known as Kalavati Chabria Hall and Sheila Raheja Hall (seating capacity 250) are also made available to the community / NGOs at very nominal rates.

Smt.Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Rotary Excellence Awards

Instituted in May 2014, Smt.Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Rotary Excellence Award which aims to recognize and reward excellence in academics at Board and University level examinations. Students from 50 identified schools, colleges and institutions in western suburbs of Mumbai securing 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranks in their respective institutions will be awarded cash prizes of Rs.10000, Rs.5000 and Rs.3000 every year from the income earned on a corpus generously donated by Surajba Charitable Trust – a family trust of Past President Dr.Mohanbhai Patel) to Rotary Service Public Charitable Trust. The awards will accompany a Certificate of Achievement from Rotary Club of Bombay West.

Supa Farms Rotary Excellence Awards

In July 2014, with further large value donation from Surajba Charitable Trust, the Club has constituted a similar Excellence Award for students from tribal belts in Dahanu and Talasari Talukas, Dist.Palghar in Maharashtra. The award will be known as Supa Farms Rotary Excellence Award. Students securing 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranks in their respective schools will be awarded cash prizes of Rs.5000, Rs.3000 and Rs.2000 respectively every year from the income earned on the corpus created from the donation. Around 35 identified schools will be benefited from this awards which will motivate students towards higher achievements.

Smt.Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Rotary Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar

With the aim of inculcating importance of cleanliness and hygiene amongst the young minds, we at Rotary Club of Bombay West along with Smt.Surajba Public Charitable Trust (a family trust of Dr.Mohanbhai Patel, Industrialist and Ex-Sheriff of Mumbai) have instituted SMT.CHANDABEN MOHANBHAI PATEL ROTARY SWACHH VIDYALALA PURASKAR to support identified schools in western suburbs of Mumbai in achieving our shared goals as envisaged in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.

SWACHH VIDYALAYA PURASKAR aims at motivating the school administration towards:

  • High standard of cleanliness in the School premises and surrounding areas;
  • Good sanitation facilities for students and staff members
  • Safe Drinking Water
  • High levels of awareness amongst students on the importance of cleanliness and personal hygiene

The awards consists of cash prizes of Rs.50000, Rs.30000 and Rs.20000 to Schools which are adjudged First, Second and Third best in overall cleanliness based on set parameters.

Organ Donation Awareness

Through a series of Seminars and organizing an Essay Competition at Schools in Mumbai, the Club created awareness about the importance of Organ, Skin and Eye Donation.  Due to these efforts of the Club, a number of citizens have come forward to pledge their organs through online facility provided to them on our website homepage.

Mahila Madad Yojana

A micro credit initiative of the Club, Mahila Madad Yojana programme was launched in 2008, with the objective of empowering women from the urban slums and rural areas. Micro loans starting from Rs.5000/- per beneficiary are granted to women’s Self Help Groups for the purpose of starting micro businesses or expanding existing businesses either individually or as a Group. The Club has partnered with MAVIM, a Maharashtra Government organization having mandate to assist women to become financially independent. So far, the recovery rate of these loans has been 100%.

Bhavishya Yaan

Bhavishya Yaan is a skills enhancement programme for less privileged children studying at Municipal Schools acclaimed by Rotary International as the most innovative project in the field of literacy. The programme was first implemented by Rotary Club of Bombay in partnership with Vidya, a widely acclaimed NGO which has a track record of running educational institutes for the less-privileged.

Our Club is successfully running this programme at a school in Municipal School in Vile Parle East, Mumbai since 2011. A batch of around 120 students are selected from the V to VII standard and given structured coaching for two years in conversational English, Computer Education and Soft Skills outside their regular school hours.

The students who were part of this initiative have generally improved their academic performance and have become either more employable or better equipped to face the demanding challenges of a fruitful higher education. Deserving and meritorious students have also been later given scholarships for further studies to make them realize their dreams of a better future.

Encouraged by the positive results, the Club commenced Bhavishya Yaan programme at Sane Guruji Marathi Vidyamandir, Santacruz West, Mumbai in July, 2014.  And in October 2017, it extended the Bhavishya Yaan programme to the primary section of Sane Guruji Vidya Marathi Vidyamandir School.

E-Learning Centres

The Club in 2014-15 & 2015-16 has set up pilot E-Learning Centres at four schools in Mumbai and one school in a rural are on the outskirts of Mumbai. The initial response from the students and teachers is quite encouraging. The hardware mainly consists of a projector with built in software and approved school syllabus in audio-visual format for easy and quick learning experience. The operating system is android and the hardware is equipped with USB ports, wifi, etc. for display of external media content. The equipment can also be used for imparting education to illiterate adults.

In Rotary Year 2016-17, the Club has expanded this project to schools in Mumbai and Plaghar District where we have provided E-Learning Kits and created 60 (sixty) E-Learning Centres of Excellence.  Further funding for another 80 E-Learning Centres of Excellence has been tied up through Rotary Foundation’s Global Grant programme and implementation will be done by August 2017. 

The schools selected are mainly those which cater to the students from economically backward class families. For these students, E-Learning facility is of very great significance as the quality of teaching, the attention span of student increase tremendously thus resulting in enhanced attendance, better retention, higher percentages in marks scored at examinations and lower drop-out rates.

Rural Support Projects

The Club has initiated several projects in Villages in Palghar and Karjat Districts of Maharashtra. The projects worth mentioning here are building up a Girls Hostel for school-going students, setting up of sanitation / toilet blocks for individual families, contruction of check dams for better water management, plantation of trees and donating school bus and well-equipped ambulance. Recently, the Club has assisted Anudaanit Prathmik Ashram Shaala, a tribal school at Village Waki, Tal.Dahanu, Dist.Palghar to majorly renovate its infrastructure which including tiling of classrooms cum hostels, dining room, toilets and other common areas, painting, repairs to doors and windows, providing ceiling fans, gas burners for cooking, etc. thus substantially improving the environment for learning and growth. A unique project to provide sanitation and safe drinking water at primary schools in villages in Palghar District in Maharashtra has also been taken up with support from a Rotary Club in Canada.

In April, 2015, the Club completed building a spacious 2500 sq.ft. Multi-purpose Hall at a Adivasi Ashram Shala at Kosbad, Tal.Dahanu, Dist.Palghar which will benefit the over 550 students who mainly belong to the local tribal communities.  Apart from facilitating serving the students meals in a clean and hygiene environment, the Hall will be utilized for Assembly, Drama, Music and such other activities aimed at overall child development.

In 2016, the Club adopted 14 Rural Primary Schools having over 500 students.  School Bags, Footwear, Woolens, Pencil Box, Sketch Pen Sets were distributed to each and every student.  The schools were provided with Pratham Library in Classroom having 125 story books in Marathi and English, Water Filters, Set of Play Equipments and Games to enhance the learning environment at these schools serving the deprived tribal population on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Another significant rural projects done in 2016-17 are reconstruction of a classroom cum hostel room at Gokhale Edu Society’s Waki Ashram Shala, reconstruction of a kitchen building and equipping it with steam-based cooking system at Gokhale Edu Society’s Kosbad Ashram Shala and major repairs and extension work at a Girls’ Hostel run by Adivasi Sahaj Sikshan Pariwar at Maswan Village in Palghar Dist.

Our International Programmes

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.  The Club invites applications from eligible candidates and recommends them for the selection process to the District Governor.

For more information on Rotary Peace Fellowships, please click here or write to secy@rcbw.org

Rotary Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.

Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who:

  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school and community
  • Are flexible and willing to try new things
  • Are open to cultural differences
  • Can serve as an ambassador for their own country

Our Club invites applications from eligible students every year.  For more information on the programme, write to secy@rcbw.org

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