Genesis of The Resilient Foundation

For those who are not aware of how the idea of TRF came into being, the acute need for a disaster management training platform aimed at common citizens was felt following two personal experiences of the Founder. In 2005, he suffered a near-fatal accident. At that critical time, his sister, who had the awareness of how to respond to such an emergency, handled the situation and he received the required treatments. This incident started him on a journey to respond to accident cases. In 2012, he saved lives in a train accident in Maharashtra, for which he even received the President’s Award. During these incidents, he realised most common citizens are not sensitised on how to handle such disaster or emergency situations, should such an event occur around them. This lack of awareness increases their vulnerability and adds to the human losses. This highlighted the need for an institutionalised training platform. He had previously conducted several training sessions on disaster manager, while serving as a Post-Warden (2-Star) at the Civil Defense. In 2015, he took a pilot-workshop on disaster risk reduction with 60 school children as part of his stint at the Gandhi Fellowship, and that is how the idea of setting up a training platform like TRF materialised and bore fruit. In 2018, TRF was established under India’s Society Act, as a social enterprise based in Palghar, Maharashtra.

We train common citizens to act as the First Responder and save lives during times of crises. It uses experiential learning to cover critical modules of disaster management like emergency rescue techniques, victim-handling techniques, handling fire situations first aid, evacuation, CPR, etc. through its training workshops. The target demographic segment is the youth, aged between 13 and 21, with the aim to make them more prepared, empathetic and proactive, rather than vulnerable during crises. In our view, that would help improve their responsiveness, decision-making and risk-taking abilities during such stressful events, which in turn, would help make our nation more resilient as victims would be able to recover quickly from life-threatening emergency situations. We also offer disaster management planning advisory to help factories and institutions create safer workplaces and prevent potential crises.