Our corporate social responsibility initiatives focus primarily on heath and education.
Business Philosophy Meets Family Values
Success brings the opportunity to give back to society and the nation. Indra Bhakta Shrestha firmly believed it was important to balance enterprise with philanthropy. As the family business flourished, IBS with his wife Jawahar Devi Shrestha established the I.J. Charitable Trust in 1981. Both husband and wife were passionate about contributing to the local community and both felt strongly that their focus should be on health and education as well as cultural preservation.
In 1985, the Trust opened the non-profit I.J. Pioneer High School in Hattiban, Lalitpur for nursery to Grade 12. All income generated at the school goes towards providing scholarships to many of the 700 students. I.J. Pioneer proudly lives up to its motto, “Changing nation through Education” by offering quality education as well as extra curricular activities to all of its students.
The Trust funds the “Shree Indra Bhakta Shrestha Scholarship” each year awarded to two students annually enabling them to pursue an M.B.A. at Tribhuwan Univeristy School of Management by providing NRS 1 Crore ($82,000 USD).
The I.J. Trust also has the M.B.A. Topper program, “Shree Indra Bhakta Shrestha Gold Medal Award”.
The I.J. Charitable Trust is a non-profit, self-funded organization. The Trust has created a long-term sustainable endowment fund for the Paediatric Department of Tribhuwan University Teaching Hospital providing medical treatment for underprivileged children.
Art & Culture
The Trust has been keen to preserve Newari culture and heritage, supporting guthis (social organisations that often manage and preserve temples or community places in the Newari community), and funding the conversions of religious texts from Swosthani to Newari. In addition, writers, artists and ethnic leaders have been honoured by the I.J. Trust in acknowledgement of their contribution to society and Newari culture.
Whether it is the earthquakes of 2015 or the novel corona virus pandemic of 2019-20, IJ Group has been one of the first responders to the crisis, deploying resources towards the need and those on the ground. The earthquake of 2015 left the Nepali people and economy in its wake. IJ Trust partnered with other first responders to ensure those left with a roof or food were reached with relief. During the novel corona virus, the IJ Trust enabled local production of PPEs and donated the suits and other equipment to healthcare workers and hospital leading the treatment of the infected. Further, IJ Trust has partnered with various local NGOs who seek to help feed and shelter the daily wagers who were economically devastated by the virus and ensuing lockdowns.