Puncham began with five housewives. The good in the hearts of these five women ignited their tireless journey for improving the society in their own special way. They lit a flame of a very strong determination and brought more women to this organization that have the same kindling spirit in their hearts for helping others. Under the supreme guidance of Mrs. Rani Poddar from just 5 the numbers have grown to more than a century. Puncham believes in promoting culture, donating to the under privileged, inculcating values based on religion, encouraging togetherness and taking care of the children at various levels. Its main aim is to educate and provide clinical facilities to the poor. It ensures the genuine need before executing any such welfare program.
(Drinking water fountains)
Incidentally, at a dinner in 1982, Puncham came up with an idea of establishing drinking water fountains across Mumbai. This idea came into being because Mrs. Poddar witnessed one early morning, a poor man quenching his thirst by drinking water from a roadside drain. Hence, PUNCHAM built the first drinking water fountain (Pyau) at Girgaum Chowpatty. Today there are about 12 drinking water fountains at various sites in Mumbai. They are well maintained and are cleaned regularly.