The Force behind the Vision
Mr. Ramesh Kacholia founded Caring Friends in 2002. He is the driving force behind this organisation. Rising from a modest background, Uncle (as Mr. Ramesh Kacholia is fondly called by all his associates, volunteers, friends and well-wishers) overcame multiple obstacles to establish himself as a respected professional with reputed companies. His deep love for humanity and boundless compassion for the under-privileged regularly led him to social work from an early age. The turning point in his life happened in 1981. Deeply moved after reading an article on Baba Amte’s Maharogi Sewa Samiti , he visited “Anandwan” and life was never the same again. With time, Baba Amte became his mentor and treated him like his son. From being a self-appointed Ambassador for MSS, he began helping many other outstanding, but relatively unknown social institutions with the active encouragement of Baba. In 2002, Ramesh Uncle finally gave up all his business responsibilities to engage fully into social work and to utilize all his expertise and knowledge and leverage upon his strong network of contacts for the benefit of society.
Mr. Nimesh Sumati , is Nimeshbhai to everyone in the Caring Friends Family. He has spearheaded the growth of the organisation since 2005. His main focus is on " QUALITY " and to strengthen the organisational fundamentals. A keen social entrepreneur, he recognizes a social problem and undertakes painstaking research and background checks to identify a credible and efficient social organization in that space for ‘Caring Friends’ to support, nurture and grow. He is very passionate about visiting all CF associated organisations in different states in India on a regular basis for continuous evaluation, many time with new potential donors and supporters. Nimesh is working to build a solid team to take the ‘Caring Friends’ platform to a truly national level
Mr Vinayak Lohani : He is an IIT and IIM graduate, founder of Parivaar Education Society, an intelligent, low profile and quiet person, interestingly he supports Caring Friends by introducing us to important donors of Parivaar. We call him a "Sharing Friend ". He is closely involved in the working of CF. He has started visiting CF associated NGO's and provides good insights, he is also very good in his due deligence, he has proved to be a great asset of CF.
Kaushik D Shah: Kaushikbhai, a Chartered Accountant with an illustrious career in the pharmaceutical industry, had always wondered how to bridge the gap between those who have resources and those in need of resources. Working with Caring friends has provided him an opportunity to share his learning and experience with our NGOs and helped them in building second level team to support their Project work, in defining goals and strategy-planning to achieve those goals, resource planning, management and utilization,streamlining systems and processes, providing communication forums and building quality consciousness in all their pursuits.
Vishal Shah: Vishal is an engineer by qualification and heads his own firm in Mumbai, apart from a generous donor, he too is actively involved and has visited many ngos, he is a man of few words, he is helpful in organising our meets in Mumbai. He too is very eager to see CF grow and is always available.
Mr Mukesh Mehta: A investor by profession, Mukesh assists CF in his personal capacity and makes himself available for all events, he is also associated with a community run OPD in Sion,Mumbai, Mukesh is very keen to play a larger role going forward. Mukesh is a very silent and humble person by nature.