who we are


One of the joys in our lives is getting together and exchanging gifts during occasions – festivals, birthdays and anniversaries. But one diwali was different. The idea to form our trust started with a simple Diwali card from a friend. It said that henceforth, instead of sending gifts at Diwali time, he had decided to donate a certain amount to his favourite charity for children. The message was simple but powerful. A reminder, that while we celebrate, we should remember that many children from low income families die or suffer disability due to lack of medical care. This experience inspired some of us to start a charitable trust called ‘Child Care Trust’ 15 years ago. With the help of our friends and family, we were able to help a large number of critically ill children. We however had a strong desire to scale up our operations. A group of friends have therefore come together to form ‘Healing Touch’ – A medical aid trust for children’, to take our initiative to the next level. With the diverse talents within our group, we are well positioned to scale up our efforts on a larger platform.


Trustees

Dr. Mahesh Balsekar

Mahesh is a consultant pediatrician with 3 decades of experience.

He is an honorary pediatrician at Breach Candy hospital and Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital. Dr Balsekar has special interest in newborn care and public health. He is a medical advisor to St. Jude's India - an NGO for childhood cancer patients, and on the board of 'Project NEEDS' - an NGO which assists low income rural school children. He is specially interested in public health education and has authored a book : 0 to 2, Baby and You, A Pediatrician's Handbook of Practical Parenting.

Ameet Hariani

Ameet is the Managing and Founding partner at Hariani and Co and a member of Bombay Incorporated Law Society; Law Society of England & Wales; Law Society of Singapore; Bar Council of Maharashtra; Bombay Bar Association. He consults with leading corporate clients and specializes in real estate, corporate law and the pharmaceutical industry. He has authored a book “Real Estate Laws” published by Bombay Chartered Accountants Society. He has taken the lead in filing several Public Interest Litigation related to the social sector.


Dr. Nilima Mehta

Nilima has done extensive work in the area of Child Rights, Child Protection, Juvenile Justice System, Family Strengthening and Non Institutional Alternative Care programmes like Adoption, Foster Care, and Family Counselling. Dr. Mehta is associated with the State and Central Government and the Planning Commission for Policy Development, Training, Research and Review of National Legislations. She has been a member of the Juvenile Justice Act Review Committee, Govt. of India. She has been an Advisor and a Consultant with several organizations like UNICEF, CRY, CHILDLINE, ICCW, IAPA, FSC, Vatsalya Foundation and Mumbai Mobile Crèches. She has been the first Chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Mumbai. Dr. Nilima has been the Chair Professor at the TISS and currently is a Visiting Faculty at the SNDT, NN, Mumbai University, and TISS.

Ajay Parekh

Ajay serves as Executive Director at Pidilite Industries Ltd. He received his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from UDCT, Mumbai and M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married to wife Ami and they have two daughters, Abha and Amrita. He actively engages in various philanthropic activities in areas including education and healthcare, and maintains a strong interest in leveraging public policy and social impact investment as a means to driving change.


Dr. Feroze Soonawala

Feroze is a Obstetrician and Gynecologist and a honorary consultant at Breach Candy Hospital, Masina Hospital, Parsi General Hospital and Saifee Hospital.

Program Coordinators


Aditya Vora

Aditya Vora is the Director at U.L.J.K. Financial Services, a member of BSE and NSE. Aditya has over 15 years of experience in finance, spread across investment banking and equity broking. He leads the Advisory Services team at U.L.J.K., which works with leading corporates on both debt and equity issuances. He received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.


Radhika Chinai Vora

Radhika Chinai Vora has 17 years of experience within content localization. Radhika is VP – Content Localization at Prime Focus Technologies P Ltd. Radhika leads new initiatives globally within pre-sales and business development. Prior to PFT, she led the subtitling business at Words Infocom as CEO - Content Localization and is the former Founder & Director of meDia soft, India's first closed captioning company. Radhika has a degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a specialization in International Political Development from Oxford University.