Cancer Aid & Research Foundation was founded by Prof. Abdulqadir Abdulla Kazi in the year 2001. The Trust was settled to commemorate the memory of his late Mother Mrs. Fatimabi Abdulla Kazi who died of cancer in 1959. Prof. A.A. Kazi donated a sum of Rs.5000/- to create a corpus fund and to be further developed by the Trust, in order to provide succor to the needy cancer patients irrespective of caste, creed, religion or colour. Prof. A.A. Kazi thus headed the Foundation as Chairman.
In order to start the ball rolling, CARF had to go through hassles & bassles of Charity Commissioner’s registration formalities, etc. Thereafter, the Income tax departments procedure of applying for E 16992 under the section Bombay Port Cat- 1950, 12 (A) of the Income tax Act, 1961, 80G of Income tax Act, 1961 & FCRA Act- 1976 got started. Sparing no pains, a lot of hard work was put in to get the NGO functioning.
We are holding UICC membership, UICC works closely with key international UN agencies, including: the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), and has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Cancer Aid & Research Foundation is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified non profitable medical NGO We conduct an ISO Surveillance Audit every year & once in three year renovation of certificates is done in which there is active participation of our Management & Head of Departments. Inner zeal of CARFIANS towards the organization helps CARF to maintain its Quality Management system to a large extend.
To begin with, CARF started with just one room with 3 to 4 no. of staff. As days and months went by, more and more poor patients walked in daily for monetary and medical help. CARF started growing and today it has a huge office with the strength of 40 staff. In a span of 16 years, CARF have helped more than 10323 cancer patients covering about 1412 hospitals to the tune of more than Rs. 17 crores by way of medical and chemo assistance. CARF provides free counseling and medical guidance to thousands of cancer patients to understand what is cancer and its different treatments. CARF is not only providing financial and medical help to patients, but CARF also provides free accommodation to poor outstation cancer patients and their family members who are stranded on the streets of Mumbai during their treatment period. CARF provides return railway fare to their hometown after undergoing treatment. CARF also provides free Ambulance Service to cancer patients across Mumbai. Sometimes it is difficult for poor cancer patients visiting distant hospitals in a crowded city of Mumbai.
In 2013, Chairman Prof. A. A. Kazi declared his willingness to hand over the charge as Chairman of the Foundation to his son Prof. Dr. Rehan A. Kazi. Thus Prof. Dr. Rehan A. Kazi succeeded his father as Chairman of the Foundation.
During the course of time, Prof. Dr. Rehan Kazi also had to resign as Chairman, as he had obtained citizenship of the United Kingdom and hence could not carry on his activities in India. He handed over his charge as Chairman to Mrs. Rashida Kazi, who is the present Chairperson of CARF.
CARF conducts quarterly internal Audit, As soon as the role of internal audit is over, the responsibility of finalizing the accounts is taken care by the External Auditor. CARF submits the Audit Report to Income Tax Dept. as well as to Charity Commissioner’s office in the given time frame. Accounts & Finance Department keeps all the records of financial transaction details which maintains the transparent image of CARF.
During this long journey of 16 years, CARF experienced many UPS and DOWNS specially related to Income Tax matters. Due to few assessment queries between IT dept. and CARF on certain points, 80G and 12AA certificates were withdrawn by the IT dept which has been solved and allowed by Income Tax Dept. During this period, CARF faced the severe hardships in receiving funds thereby monetary help to patients declined. It was an unforgettable period in the history of CARF. Management and CARF team spared no efforts to solve this issue and come out from this situation. Happy to state that 80G and 12AA Certificates are now retained and CARF has once again bounced back to normalcy.
Our aim is to create a ‘Cancer Free World’ in the days to come and promise to reach out to many more poor cancer patients.
CARF is grateful to all its valuable donors, through whom we could achieve to this height and save the lives of many poor cancer patients.
Mrs. Savita Nathani
Chief Executive Officer