Ranchhod Foundation Wishes

Ranchhod Foundation launches-Raman Ranchhod

We feel extremely privileged to be able to honour the memory of our beloved father Raman Ranchhod, through the establishment of the Ranchhod Foundation Wishes, in conjunction with Indian Newslink.  Raman was a dedicated family and community man, who gave his time effortlessly to help and guide those around him. The news of his illness was extremely hard to fathom for the family and also for the wider community at large. He was a people’s person and the positive impact he has had on many lives, many of which were communicated to us after his passing, is overwhelming and encouraging. 

The Ranchhod Foundation was established in 2011 with the vision of aiding in the betterment of humankind. We, as a family, have undertaken many charitable projects in New Zealand and overseas through the Foundation, including health and eye camps, donations of crucial medical equipment, providing shelter to elderly abuse victims and providing free-of-charge medical services through our Laduben Ranchhod Hospital in Navsari, India.


Ranchhod launches- Mahesh and Tejal Ranchhod announcing the launchRanchhod Foundation Wishes is a effort close to our hearts. Any person, of any age, with a terminal or life debilitating medical condition, or even finding themselves in a situation beyond their control, are invited to apply. The wishes will be vetted by a Board on behalf of the Ranchhod Foundation and Indian Newslink. It will be an ongoing initiative, however we are positively anticipating to present the first recipient at the tenth Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards. This initiative will be very emotional  however will also pull at our heart-strings and be extremely fulfilling.


For an application form, please refer to the Indian Newslink website or click on the link below:

Ranchhod Foundation Wishes Application Form

Cardiac Stress Machine Donated in Fiji

The Ranchhod Foundation have donated a cardiac stress machine for charitable service at the Sarada Medical Centre of Ramakrishna Mission in Nadi, Fiji.

A cardiac stress test  is a cardiology test that measures a heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. The stress response is induced by exercise or by drug stimulation. Cardiac stress tests compare the coronary circulation while the patient is at rest with the same patient’s circulation during maximum physical exertion, showing any abnormal blood flow to the heart muscle tissue.  The results can be interpreted as a reflection on the general physical condition of the test patient. This test can be used to diagnose coronary artery disease (also known as ischemic heart disease) and assess patient prognosis after a heart attack.

The cardiac stress test is done with heart stimulation, by exercise on a treadmill, pedalling a stationary exercise bicycle ergometer, with the patient connected to an electrocardiogram  (ECG). The level of mechanical stress is progressively increased by adjusting the difficulty (steepness of the slope) and speed. The test administrator or attending physician examines the symptoms and blood pressure response.

The machine will have a tremendous effect on determining heart conditions and potential heart attacks before they occur, so that the patient can adjust their lifestyle as a preventative measure, before such problems occur.

Below is a link to the Fiji Sun’s article regarding the launching of the Cardiac Stress Test Facility


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Clean India Campaign – Toilet Blocks

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) is an ambitious project launched by the Honourable Prime Minister of India – Mr Narendra Modi – in 2014, to provide hygiene and sanitation facilities to every person in India, as well as building toilets and providing drinking water facilities to every Government and Government-aided school. The Campaign was based on the vision of Mahatma Gandhi of “being the change that you want to see in the world”. Every Member of Parliament in India has been tasked with providing  public toilets and drinking water facilities in their Constituency.

The Ranchhod Group has teamed up with Dr Udit Raj, Member of Parliament to construct a toilet block in Jaunti, North West Delhi. The Ranchhod Group has provided the cost of constructing the toilet complex and the land is being provided by the Government for this initiative. We are proud to be associated with the Clean India Campaign and in making a difference to hygiene and cleanliness issues in India.

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Nepal Humanitarian Aid

The Ranchhod Foundation visited Nepal in December 2015 to provide food and blankets to hundreds of residents of rural Kathmandu villages who were and still are hugely affected by the earthquake that shook the nation in 2015.

This trip was extremely heart warming and one that we will cherish forever. The people of Nepal were deeply affected by this natural disaster. The ground was shaken under their feet, however their courage and determination has not been shaken, and as a nation are humbly remaining united and strong. We look forward to returning to Nepal in the future.




Elderly Care Housing Project with Shanti Niwas

At some point, as we grow older, we all need a little help dealing with life’s issues. This is especially true for the older people migrating from all over the world. The added barriers of different languages and cultural backgrounds can create a feeling of exclusion and isolation, which in turn, can lead to depression and mental health issues.

The Ranchhod Foundation are excited about our new alliance with Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust and to be part of the Shanti Niwas Emergency Housing Project.  The Foundation will be providing emergency shelter for senior citizens from the Indian and South Asian communities who are in an abusive or unsafe environment, or in dire need of emergency accommodation, and assist these seniors to lead a good quality life by providing them with the required support services.

We look forward to a great partnership with Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust.



Fiji Humanitarian Aid

The Ranchhod Foundation ventures to Fiji often with the vision of helping those in need. With this in mind, we were able to carry out an array of charitable works with our young family.  We visit Fiji periodically to sustain the works we started since 2014.

Nadi Squatters

Deep within the outskirts of Nadi town are what is known as “squatters”.  They are extremely basic accommodation for those who cannot afford much else, from disabled, to elderly, to those whom have simply been neglected.  They live on very basic needs, if that, however have the biggest and warmest smiles to offer.  The Ranchhod Foundation periodically package up a number of boxes with basic food and cleaning items, which included rice, flour, oil, salt, potatoes, onions, cleansing soap, clothes washing soap, etc. and distribute these boxes to the most needy of them all. This is truly a heart-warming experience and one that will stay with us for a long time.



Donations of Wheelchairs and Other Medical Aids

The Ranchhod Foundation is dedicated in assisting those with physical and mental disabilities. We have donated appropriate medical aids and supplies to the Suva Public Hospital, Golden Age Elderly Care Home and personal recipients.  We would like to thank Amit Patel in this respect. Being a well-respected local in Fiji, he has passionately and voluntarily sought the best supplier for these wheelchairs and other aids and ensures they are delivered to the most needed people and organisations.




Loloma Orphanage and Care Centre

This home houses 27 orphans and refuged women, in a effort to care and educate them back in society.  They are in great need of basic everyday items such as clothes and groceries.  They live in minimal conditions, however the founder – Laite – continues to pour her heart and soul into helping these children and mothers.



Golden Age Retirement Home

The Golden Age retirement home is a care services home for elderly and disabled in Latoka, Fiji.  The home survives on very basic necessities, however offers all that they can to the residents of the home. The Ranchhod Foundation provided clothes, a juicer, a 15-cup rice cooker and other basic necessities to the home.







Water Purification System Donated in Mumbai

In January 2013, we had the privilege of visiting P & Saha Vidya Mandir School in rural Mumbai to see the results of the water purification system donated by the Ranchhod Foundation in conjuction with World Vision. The results and benefits of this system, which was one of five donated by the Foundation to rural schools in Mumbai, India, were extraordinary. The teachers and Principal alike raved about better pass rates, less sickness and more alertness from their students since the implementation of the water system. They were very keen to tell us that one of their students achieved the second best exam results in the whole of Mumbai. The school is still , in our eyes, very run down and in dire need of physical improvement, however it was great to see that a simple thing like purified water, something our own children take for granted in New Zealand, has made such a substantial impact to the well-being of the students at this rural School.


Mahesh Ranchhod trying out the purified waterThe Ranchhod family with students of the School
The Ranchhod family checks out the new purification system
The old water system
The Ranchhod family with students of the School

ECG Machine Donated to Tanzanian Hospital

In April 2013, the Ranchhod Foundation donated a much needed EGC machine to the radiology department of a Hospital in Tanzania.  Having never used an ECG machine before, the medical staff were very excited and keen to use the new machine.  They were taught by Drs Jenny and Richard Wagener who off-loaded the container with the ECG machine as well as an abundance of supplies shipped from New Zealand to Tanzania.  They plan to stay in Tanzania to teach the medical staff how to properly use the donated supplies and facilities.

Medical Camps


The Foundation sponsors medical camps held on a regular basis in Mysore, near Bangalore, India. These camps are held with the support of the Arka Foundation of India.

Hundreds of underprivleged children and adults attend the medical camps for free medical advice from qualified doctors in the area.   Doctors and nurses travel to remote neighbouring areas to assist patients whom may not otherwise receive medical care.

The medical camps are fully funded by the Ranchhod Foundation from the doctors’ salaries to patient prescriptions. These camps are often conducted at Schools so that the younger generation may also benefit from good health and well-being.







Service at Starship Hospital

The Ranchhod Foundation undertake a number of charitable causes in New Zealand, with a focus on the aiding of children in need. As such the Foundation provides regular donations to the Starship Children’s Hospital with the direct purpose of supplying equipment for life threatening conditions, such as foetal blood pressure monitors and medicine measuring electronic devices.


The foetal monitors, blood pressure machines and medicine measuring electronic devices are used in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  We had the pleasure of visiting NICU and were absolutely overwhelmed at the care provided to the premature babies struggling to survive.  For more information, please visit Starship’s website – www.starship.org.nz

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