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The Visram Foundation

At the Vista Group of Companies, we care about making a difference in everyone’s lives. We support many charities in Canada and the United States, but our pride and joy comes from The Malekkhanu & Sherali Fazal Visram Memorial Foundation (“The Visram Foundation”).

The Visram family formed the Foundation in honour of their parents, Malekkhanu and Sherali Fazal Visram with the assistance of friends, colleagues, and associates. The Foundation is a non-profit charity administered by a Board of Trustees and is registered in Canada, the United States of America, and India.

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Many of our girls have demonstrated exceptional academic and extracurricular growth over the course of the past few months. From sports to painting, it has been thoroughly fulfilling to see them hone their interests and commit to their studies. Witnessing their progress day to day continues to underscore our belief in the power of education as a way to envision and plan for their future.


Empowering Girls Through Education

Founded in 2000, REACH was born out of Mr. Sherali Fazal Visram’s foremost conviction: that compassion and service are the greatest of all human achievements. Upon his sudden demise, his children had learnt that throughout his lifetime, Mr. Visram had donated to a charitable organization in India to help provide food and education to those underprivileged. Although Mr. Visram and his family came to Canada in 1972 as refugees, this never barred him from his obligations to help those less fortunate. When Mr. Visram’s wife passed away in 2003, their children renamed the organization to The Malekkhanu and Sherali Fazal Visram Memorial Foundation, or Visram Foundation, to honour their parents and their inspiring legacy.  REACH, by the Visram Foundation, has now been empowering girls to reach their highest potential. All donations go towards providing economically disadvantaged girls with housing, education, food, health, and general welfare.

Proud Supporters Of...

Additional efforts are also made to support other children’s causes elsewhere in the world from time to time. The Visram Foundation has been a proud supporter of Mission Smile (formerly known as Operation Smile India), a government registered and FCRA approved medical charitable trust dedicated to providing free, life-changing cleft care and surgery for children and adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. Thousands of volunteers from around the world have participated in their missions. For the past several years, the Visram Foundation has also been supporting children at the Parikrama Humanity Foundation and Project Shine.

Mission Smile (India)

We support the doctors who provide life-changing surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. 

Project Shine (Uganda, East Africa)

We support their youth development programs that create nurturing spaces for children and families to escape from poverty, feel joy, and thrive.

Parikrma Humanity Foundation (India)

We support Parikrma’s mission to unleash the potential of underserved children and enable them to become valuable contributing members of society.

Girl Studying at the REACH Institute by the Visram Foundation


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With the generosity of our donors, the Malekkhanu and Sherali Fazal Visram Memorial Foundation has been able to upgrade and improve the Institute.

We have and continue to make several renovations and improvements to our facilities. The exterior and interior of the building is completely renovated, the playground is resurfaced and a brand new dishwasher/sanitizer, solar light energy system, computer system and water purification/softener system are installed.

Join one of our many donors in making a difference in the lives of children in India. 

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The Visram Foundation supports numerous charitable efforts. When making a donation, please specify for which purpose or charity you would like these funds to be deployed for. Otherwise, these funds will be diverted to one of the charities supported by The Visram Foundation. 


The Malekkhanu & Sherali Fazal Visram Memorial Foundation

Our mission is to provide for the daily care of orphaned and other under privileged children. Our objective is to provide them with the necessities of life and a solid educational foundation  – schooling, food, lodging, and other day-to-day needs of the children on a long-term and ongoing basis. Currently, we support and provide for the following:

  • REACH by the The Visram Foundation located at Survey No. 22, Vadgaonshree Pune 411 014, India
  • Assist with other causes related to our mission such as “Mission Smile”

The Visram Foundation wishes to seek out, explore and execute, to the best of our ability, the fullest potential in each and every child. To achieve this objective, we provide for the day-to day needs, education, and extra-curricular activities in order to fulfill or exceed the expectations of life. Our children will be representatives of the societies from which they come and, hopefully one day, will impart their knowledge upon those societies. It is our intent to educate children between the ages of 6 and 18, and to provide them with the fundamentals required to pursue a professional career.

We are registered as the following in Canada and the USA:

  • M & SFV Memorial Foundation, Canada – BN 86721 1187 RR0001
  • M & SFV Memorial Foundation, USA – EIN 04-3279667