For this one journey, we realized our first station was “Team Muskurahat” that led us to “Muskurahat Foundation”. Some of your journey will be travelled in light and some of it will be in darkness. The Muskurahat Journey was embarked upon four years back when a seventeen year old boy avowed to drive his own train and make it reach its destination, his goal, Muskurahat Foundation. It all started with a visit to an orphanage on Himanshu Goenka’s seventeenth birthday. Interacting with the children gave him immense joy but upon knowing about the backgrounds that they came from made his heart ache with pain. The children had been rescued from juvenile homes, prostitution and beggary. This marked a huge step towards making this world a much better place to live in, especially for the unprivileged. In the early years, many problems cropped up. Unable to strike a balance between studies and Muskurahat affairs, many of the team members backed off. Finally with a strong team of seven, Muskurahat Foundation paved its way for spreading smiles all along. By the end of the year, 2016 Muskurahat Foundation reached a milestone of 100 worthy volunteers who proved to be the pillars of foundation. Punctuality and responsibility are the two values, highly appreciated in Muskurahat Volunteers. Volunteers and Project Heads have played an integral role behind the success of every project. Big projects like Anganwadi and Keytaab reflect the efforts put in by the volunteers day in and day out to bring a positive difference to the lives of children. The Anganwadi Project concentrated on reaching out to children in their own households, i.e the angans to explore grow and learn in their vicnity. Activities like book reading sessions and extempore helped children discover their true potentials. Masika Mahotsav – an event organized to break the stereotype and taboos regarding menstruation was indeed a landmark in the history of Muskurahat events as this revolved around healthier and sustainable practices. Joy Ride 2016 proved to a blissful event for the kids on luxurious toys ranging from Royal Enfield to masterpieces like Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Range Rover. Riding on a luxurious bike or car is probably a dream and we would love to make the dreams of a few kids come true.
Himanshu Goenka has always believed that Muskurahat Foundation is what is it today because of the constant support, trust and dedication by its volunteers. ‘Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.’
It is for them that today we proudly say that we have adopted two Angaanwadis, a snehasadan and working on Wadala Project.With the soul aim of spreading smiles, Muskurahat Foundation has been launched in Bengaluru too with a team of 40 volunteers currently working in all ways to paint white and black lives colourful!
For some people volunteering is about giving but for the likes of you it is a way of living.
Heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers and people working to make Muskurahat Foundation a huge success. June 10, 2018 marks the fourth anniversary of Muskurahat Foundation. We vow to continue to devote ourselves to community service and betterment of society for years to come.