Sustainability, social equality and the environment are now business problems.
And corporate leaders can't depend on governments to solve them..
Inspired by Senge's philosophy, a group of young corporate professionals came together in 2002 to set up Mess Charitable Trust to work with grassroots initiatives for effecting positive changes in the lives of underprivileged children, their families and communities.
Work as a catalyst in bringing sustainable change in the lives of underprivileged children, youth and women, with a life-cycle approach of development.
engage proactively in the change process through the philosophy of civic driven change.
Enable the civil society across the world to
Adopt highest standards of governance to emerge as a leading knowledge and technology driven, innovative and scalable international development organisation.
Mess Charitable Trust is to empower underprivileged children, youth and women through relevant education, innovative healthcare and market-focused livelihood programmes.
Mess Charitable Trust is to deploy best possible methodology and technology for achieving ideal SROI (social return on investment), to practice and promote good governance. To link business competitiveness of the corporate with social development initiatives; also to sensitize privileged children, youth and citizens in general to promote Civic Driven Change.
Mess Charitable Trust believes that unless members of the civil society are involved proactively in the process of development, sustainable change will not happen. Believing in this principle of 'Civic Driven Change', Mess Charitable Trust sensitises the civil society in order to make them partners in its mission.
Lifecycle Approach:Children, their families and the community
Mess Charitable Trust believes that education is both the means as well as the end to a better life: the means because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one's awareness on a range of issues - from healthcare to appropriate social behaviour to understanding one's rights - and in the process help him/her evolve as a better citizen. Education is the most effective tool which helps children build a strong Trust; enabling them to free themselves from the vicious cycle of ignorance, poverty and disease.
Mess Charitable Trust realised that Education for Children cannot be achieved without the family, particularly, unless the mother is assured of health care and empowered. Moreover, when an elder sibling is educated and relevantly skilled to be employable and begins earning, the journey of empowerment continues beyond the present generation.
Mess Charitable Trust extended its thematic areas of intervention by supporting family health, livelihood, and women empowerment. Children, their families and the community become the target group for Mess Charitable Trust activities as child education cannot be done in isolation and nothing else but education for children can bring long lasting change in the society.
Mess Charitable Trust has evolved two working models namely, Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP) and Outreach. Depending on the necessity and circumstances, either of the models is deployed.
Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP)
Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP) is an innovative model based on the business concept of venture capital. Under SVP, Mess Charitable Trust not only identifies & implements its develpment projects through credible CBO's (Community Based Organisations) but also, handholds and builds capacities of these organisations, focusing on achieving scalability and sustainability, creating a culture of leadership and excellence and inculcating a deep sense of accountability among them.
Under SVP, while working in the remote rural areas, Mess Charitable Trust realized that many a times capacities of community based organisations (CBOs) were not adequate to meet the high expectations of large corporate social investors. Under Outreach model, Mess Charitable Trust implements the development interventions directly as it requires intensive and professional engagement for a wider and sustained outcome.
Mess Charitable Trust gets a first-hand experience in the nuances of development at the grassroots through its Outreach model and then implements the learning in its SVP Projects through its SVP Partners.
Directly Benefitting more than
underprivileged children and families every year
Projects on subjects like education, healthcare, youth employment and women empowerment.
remote villages and slums across 25 states of India
Credibility and accountability have always been the bench mark for Mess Charitable Trust and are achieved through the promotion of principles of good governance in the processes and practices. Mess Charitable Trust has a four-tier audit and evaluation mechanism to ensure impact of investment and complete transparency and accountability in utilisation of funds. This four-tier audit mechanism reviews programmes and projects, internal operations, compliance of statutory norms and conducts an external evaluation for the impact and outcome of various development programmes.
The entire management processes and practices of Mess Charitable Trust are in compliance with the principles of good governance.