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As a result of separatist turmoil and many years of bloodshed, Sindhis in India do not have an exclusive state in which they are free to live. This community of people can be found all over the country and many of them are living in poverty stricken areas.

Formed out of concern, Sunshine Trust was established to lend a helping hand to these members of the Indian community.Out of respect for the Indian value of family and community, the Trust was established to bridge the economic gap that divides the community and build a closer relationship amongst a population that has left its mark in the history of education, literature, administration and politics.

On a visit to ensure that the education funds donated by his family were reaching the appropriate recipients, Mr. B.H. Melwani was made aware of the sufferings of Sindhis living in poverty.

Although it was a good idea to educate the children, he was told there were Sindhis who were unable to afford last rites for deceased members of their families, much less medication for those who were ill. He was also told that although hospitals, children homes, and temples were being built, the urgent help needed by the poor were being overlooked.

After his visit, Mr. Melwani was confident that with the help of affluent Sindhis living overseas, those who are less fortunate could be relieved of their sufferings.

Formal Beginnings
On January 11, 1994, a meeting was held at the Oberoi Hotel in Bombay, India. Present were Dr. Ramchand Bulchand, Mr. J.M. Chanrai, Dr. Prakash Mirchandani, Mr. B.H. Melwani, and Mr. G.V. Melvani.

During the meeting, the group discussed ways to involve affluent members of the Sindhi community who are residing overseas, to help those living in poverty in their homeland India.

At the meeting it was decided that an Overseas Sunshine Group would be established. The objectives of the Sunshine Group would be to:

  1. Assist Sindhi families at the time of an emergency, especially those who are victims of a sudden catastrophe. This includes medical emergencies, last rites and cremation for deceased family members, as well as restoring roofs that were destroyed because of natural disasters.
  2. Assist those seeking to be self-sufficient. This includes the donation of handcarts, sewing machines, bicycles, and other equipment that would help Sindhis earn a living.

At the meeting it was agreed that Mr.G.V. Melvani would look after applications and correspondence, and Dr. Mirchandani, on behalf of Mr. Chanrai, would look after the accounts.

Following the meeting, a number of overseas Sindhis began to participate and contribute funds toward the works of the Group. Since the organisation was clearly and transparently committed to providing immediate help to Sindhis living in poverty, a growing number of overseas Sindhis eagerly supported the Group.

At the end of 1995, Mr. Melvani resigned due to health reasons and was replaced by Mr. Lekhraj Pohoomal.

In August 1997, to formalise the works of the Group, who were keen to commit their activities on a permanent basis, Sunshine Trust was registered in Bhopal, India.

In March 1999, the Trust received 80G (exemption of Income Tax for donors).

Though the original objective was to offer a ‘helping hand’, at the meeting in January 1999, it was decided that the new and improved objective would be to help raise the living standard of Sindhis, hence reduce the number of Sindhis living in poverty.

Helping the Needy in Jaipur.









Since those who are computer literate have better employment opportunity, the Trust has opened computer classes enabling Sindhis to receive proper computer training. Presently, there are computer classes in Bhopal, Ajmer, and Udaipur. The Trust plans to open more computer classes in other parts of India.