Supported NGOs

MSS is the oldest and largest associate of Caring Friends. Established in 1949 by the great humanist Baba Amte, the organisation started with the objective of providing leprosy patients humanitarian relief, medical treatment,training and rehabilitation. Today it also caters to the needs of the physically handicapped, visually challenged, deaf & mute, destitute children, senior citizens & primitive tribals of the Madia Gond community. Their motto is "Give them a chance not charity". With this perspective, they engage all the inmates in productive activities (mainly agriculture / horticulture/small scale industry activities) which enables them to earn their livelihood and maintain self dignity and respect. There are about 28 big and small projects and the total number of inmates is about 4500 / 5000. Funds are required to meet recurring expenses, reconstruction of old houses, and construction of new buildings for various projects, for various water harvesting and other projects in order to augment the production in agricultural, which is the main source of livelihood for most of the inmates and also upgrading other projects. Numerous prestigious national and international honors and awards have been conferred on Baba Amte and other members of the family.

At & Post : ANANDWAN - 442 914
Via Warora , Dist: Chandrapur, Maharashtra State
Tel No. 91-7176-282034 / 282425
Website: /
Tel.No. 07176-282034 / 282 425
Contact Person :
Dr,Vikas Amte, Secretary & Chief
Functionary – Mob.98224 66734
Mr.Kaustubh Amte, Asst. Secretary
Mobile – 99225 50006 

Parivaar is committed towards changing destinies of young destitute children (who otherwise would have been doomed to a life on the streets) by providing them a loving, caring environment and the most powerful tool – Education. Its objective is to educate and fully empower destitute children and to ensure their overall development so that they achieve their full potential and get integrated into the mainstream of society. Totally inspired by the life and teaching of Swami Vivekanand Vinayak Lohani, a B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur and MBA from IIM, Kolkata in late 2003, with just 3 children. Now it is a home to more than 526 children. Parivaar's eldest group is currenty in Grade 11. A new Girls Residential Campus has been built which can accommodate 500 resident girls. At the campus itself is Parivaar's high-quality formal School - Amar Bharat Vidyapeeth. By end of 2012 Parivaar will have more than 1000 resident children.

Bono Gram, 
Bakhrahat Road, 
Kolkata – 700 104 (West Bengal) 
Phone – 033 2498 0226/ 2498 0525 
Email: / 
Contact Person: 
Shri Vinayak Lohani, 
Mobile -98312 36496 
Shri Nimai Saha 
Mobile – 98316 90586 


Snehalaya is an outstanding example of how youth in the country can make a difference in the lives of people. The inspiration is Swami Vivekanda who said, "They alone live, who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive" Established in 1989, this Organisation focuses on woman and children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. It works towards improving the condition of commercial sex workers, stopping trafficking in minor girls, rescuing them from brothels when it becomes aware of such cases (rehabilitated more than 50 victims from the flesh trade. Snehalaya has created history by securing a conviction of 20 influential persons of that area who sexually exploited a minor girl of 14 years. All 20 of them were sentenced to Double Life Imprisonment). Provides the children of such women with a secure future by giving them health and education facilities for their overall development. Also provides medical facilities and rehabilitation for HIV+ women and children. Snehalaya runs Balbhavans in 5 major slums of Nagar and provides after school coaching to nearly 1000 students. These Balbhavans have become the centres for overall development of these slums.

Bilwadal, Capt Rajabhau Kulkarni Marg 
Juna Mangalwar Bazar,
Ahmednagar 414001, Maharashtra
Tel : 91-241-2345340/2342322/2353031
Website :
Contact Persons:
Dr.Girish Kulkarni, Founder-Director
90110 20173
Shri Ambadas, Asstt. Director
90110 20171 


CCD was formed by Prof.  Trilochan Sastry in 2003 with the aim of betterment of farmers in drought prone, rainfed and tribal areas of India. Inspired by Operation Flood that turned India from a milk deficit nation to the world’s largest milk producer, CCD through the formation of cooperatives and federations, works with farmers to pool, process and sell their produce, obtaining a higher income in the process. CCD currently focuses on crops like oil seeds, pulses and cotton and has helped cooperatives establish a Toor Dal mill in Adilabad District, a Groundnut processing mill in Anantpur district and is working with farmers who are growing Bengal gram in Kadapa district. CCD believes that members need to be in control and take important decisions regarding operations and so does not provide any subsidy to the cooperatives or its members. However it does take the responsibility for forming the cooperatives, expanding the area of work and the number of members, helps in capacity building, education and exposure visits to markets; all free of cost to cooperative members. CCD has demonstrated a multiplier effect – that is, for every rupee received in donation, the extra income for the poor is around Rs. 2 to Rs 3 and their aim is to reach a figure of around 1:100. CCD promoted cooperatives have made profits from the first year and it currently supports over 4000 small and marginal farmers in 83 cooperatives and covers 93 villages in Andhra Pradesh. CCD’s vision is to spread their work through partnerships with other similar organizations and create well-known brands that will sustain their work in the future.

CENTER FOR COLLECTIVE DEVELOPMENT (CCD)                                                   Flat No 301, 3rd Floor, Poonam Padmasri Residency,                                     Near Geetha Nursing Home, Street No 8,                                                       West Marredpally, Hyderabad – 500026 . A.P                                               Tel: 040-27712743                                       Email:,                             Website:

 Contact Person:                                                                                              Prof. Trilochan Sastry , Founder and CEO                                            Mobile:+91-80-699-3285, +91-94483-53285                  Email:

The Founder President of the Institution is Ms Nileema Mishra who is a Magsaysay award winner
From early childhood, Nileema had decided to work in her village and work for its overall development. BNVGN's main work has been in the area of creating livelihood programmes for women – about 100 women are engaged in preparing “papad” & dry snacks (during non agriculture season), about 50 women are in the business of retailing items like fruits, vegetables, masalas, etc. About 100 women have been provided opportunity to produce quilts & embroidery work. The incomes of these women rose dramatically. BNGVN also created livelihood for nearly 3000 persons in tribal area of Sakri, Pimpalner of Dhule district. Looking at the success of BNGVN, the farmers have also taken the help of BNGVN to form Self Help Groups. The economic condition of more than 100 farmers has improved substantially and there has not been a single case of suicide in their area (despite being a drought area). 

BNGVN is now engaged in the total overall development of 3 villages viz., Bahadarpur, Mahalpur, and Shirsode. It wants to convert these villages into ideal villages in respect of cleanliness, hygiene, availability of livelihood programmes. With the help of Caring Friends, BNGVN has created a revolving fund of Rs.20 lakhs from which it gives loans to meet the important and genuine needs of the village people at a nominal interest rate of 5%. This effort has helped more than 500 people during the last 4 years and there has not been a single default.

Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan (BNGVN) Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan
Post Bahadarpur, District Jalgaon
Maharashtra 425 113
Phone: 91-2597-230585

Samaritan Help Mission (SHM) is a humanitarian educational institution based in the slums of Tikiapara, Howrah, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood with approximately 80% of the population being Muslims. SHM was started by a 32-year-old youth Mamoon Akhtar, with 5 of his friends who live in the same slum in 1999. The motto of the Mission is “HELP PEOPLE BASED ON NEED, NOT ON CREED”. It was started in a small thatched room without even an electric light in the year 1999. The basic objective was to save the children of this slum from falling prey to the drug mafia and getting involved into nefarious activities like bootlegging, drug peddling, smuggling, prostitution etc. Since 1999, SHM has started various programs such as ILLITERACY ELIMINATION PROGRAM, SAMARITAN KINDERGARTEN, VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR GIRLS AND WIDOWS and COMPUTER LITERACY PROGRAM for the poor girls. SHM started with 6 Children in 1999, but has started an English medium school 3 years ago. Now there are about 1100 children in all the educational projects. Every year about 300 women are trained in vocational training programmes run by SHM. 

127 Noor Md Munshi Lane, 
Howrah-711101, Kolkata. 
Tel : 91- 33-28494068 (O) 
 033-26403592 (R) 
Contact Person: 
Mr.Mamoon Akhtar, Founder-Secretary 
Mob. 98367 77600/ 93318-73584 

SAMPARC was started by Shri Amit Kumar Banerjee and Smt. Lata Pande in 1990 for the rehabilitation, care and educational development of orphan children, children of sex workers and other needy, poor and disadvantaged children. Today there are 650 children housed in 9 SAMPARC centers of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Gujarat. SAMPARC runs a school from 5th to 12th Std along with hostel facility in Mulshi Taluka and an English Medium School from Nursery to 4th Std for poor and needy children of Maval Taluka. SAMPARC runs a Community Education Support Program which provides education, school stationary items along with nutritional support to poor rural children from 6-18 years age group and currently benefits 700 children. The SAMPARC Vocational Training Centre aims to train rural and unemployed school drop outs to make them employable and financially independent and provides them training in electrical wireman, welding, computers, tailoring etc. The SAMPARC Medical Centre provides regular medical help and health service to the rural poor patients of Maval Taluka through its OPD clinic and also runs a Medical Mobile Van which visits interior villages twice weekly to treat patients. A massive venture for the Rural Women was started by SAMPARC in 1992 through the concept of Self Help Group and today, 187 Self Help Groups of 42 villages are active under the program and taking advantage of DRDA Pune and various other Banks. A special project for the Katkari tribal children in Mulshi Taluka supports 182 families where children are brought to the school and livelihood and rights oriented activities are developed for the tribal families. SAMPARC was awarded the "National Child Welfare Award" by Govt Of India in 1998. 


9, Varad Apartments,                                                                                 292, Yashwant Nagar, Near: Rly.Station, Talegaon Dabhade, Maharashtra, India - 410 507                                                                                         Tel: +91-02114-227335 / +91-02114-231472                                       Email:                                Website :                                                                    Contact Person:                                                                                         Mr. Amitkumar Banerjee, Founder/Secretary                                             Mobile: 9766343451


Adhyayan develops innovative  teaching strategies for students, in Science, Maths and Geography and have programs running in Mumbai, Vasai, Virar, Vikramgad, Dombivali, Pune and Goa. Adhyayan was founded in 2011 by Rajiv Vartak. As a teacher-educator Rajiv conceptualised Adhyayan for 2 decades during which time he and his team visited more than 150 schools in order to learn the best practices and  good teaching methodologies. They established the Institute for School Science Education in 1993 and years later after the strong and perpetual motivation from Ramesh Kacholia of Caring Friends, he formalised Adhyayan and rolled out the Overall Educational Excellence Development  Program (OEEDP)  in  schools.  Adhyayan's  strength  is experiential and heuristic learning and it supports 355 middle and high schools with curriculum in Science, Mathematics and Geography through hands-on experiments, pictures, puzzles, videos created by Adhyayan, discussions, assessments and project work. Since nowadays technology has become widespread, Adhyayan team has come up with a teaching idea-Technology  first  and  then  discover  science.  Their  Discover  School Intervention program currently running in 135 schools, is a three year program for schools, to help them develop and evaluate each and every learning strategy with teachers. Its OEEDP program has resulted in a large number of students getting the Homi Bhabha student scientist medals and Mathematics Pradnya and Pravinya certificates in Mahatma Gandhi Vidyamandir, where approximately 1,300 students are enrolled. One of their  earlier  programs  was  the  remedial  program  at  Madhyamik Vidyamandir which used strategies to support 8th and 9th standard students, who were unable to grasp the basics of mathematical concepts and through this program 175 students improved their conceptual understanding. Adhyayan's CONCEPTS and COMPUTATIONS summer camp has 200 students participating each year. Many ideas for parallel science experiments and mathematics experiments are developed by Adhyayan and its mathematics laboratory has been highly appreciated by 78 schools in Goa. Adhyayan also supports geography labs and has developed a unique geography  park  in  Badlapur.  Adhyayan  conducts  teacher  exposure programs on demand from schools or government/ semi government organisations, where Adhyayan organises subject-specific workshops every term for their teachers. Adhyayan recognises that experiments play a big role in conceptual understanding and hence they have developed curriculum packages like learning science and mathematics through astronomy, through space technology etc which have been accepted with encouraging results. Future plans of Adhyayan are to spread its videos and pedagogies to 1,000 schools.


C/O Mahatma Gandhi Vidya Mandir,

Prin.J.L.Shirshekar Marg, Govt.Colony,

Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051.

Tel: 022-6528 5633/ 022-26424144



Contact Person:

Shri Rajiv Vartak , Founder & Chairman

Mobile - +91-9820098192


Unnati is a vocational training program aimed at enabling and empowering youngsters from families that are below the poverty line. This 90 day program equips unemployed youth (of 18 years or more) with vocational skills and life-skills that ensures employment with reputed organizations at the end of the training program. The program was started in 2003 & so far 1400 youths have been trained & placed in corporate sector. Our vision is to train 1 million youth by 2020. The journey has started with opening upto 2 centres. Their aim is to open 300 centres & each centre will train over 300 youths per year. This is a free training to the youth which includes English, computer training, values & life skills.

Unnati Centre, Temple Road,
NGEF Layout, Sadanandnagar,
Bangalore 560 038
Tel. 080-2534 8642 / 2534 0443
Mr. Ramesh Swamy, Trustee
Mobile – 98440 85864
Mobile : 93412 29025
Email :


SSM was founded by Shri Babasaheb Deshmukh in 1959 and has been working since then in 10 blocks of Nanded and Beed districts of Maharashtra. Though born in an affluent family, Babasaheb Deshmukh had been well exposed to the plight of village folk and the under privileged in his childhood. When his daughter was deprived of further education beyond 4th Std due to lack of schools in his hometown Sagroli, with thoughts of social reformation already in his mind, Babasaheb Deshmukh established SSM as an organization to promote education at grassroot level. Today SSM is involved in educating and empowering deprived rural communities and has changed the lives of over 30,000 families. SSM has setup one of the largest residential rural schools in India accommodating 4,000 boys and girls, established a home for deprived children in its village centre called Anand Balgram accomodating 108 children looked after by 12 'mothers' and a counsellor, established Sagroli Sunrise-a project to promote rural athletes which trains 300 youths every year in its vocational training centres. SSM's agricultural initiatives include setting up the Krishi Vigyan Kendra which facilitates training programs for farmers and organises on-farm demonstrations in Agronomy, Horticulture and Veterinary. SSM has brought a change in the lives of over 17,000 families from 40 villages through Natural Resource Development program. SSM's Swadhar – The Tribal Development Project, has improved the quality and standard of life of poor tribal families through holistic development approaches like the Wadi programme running in 17 villages in Nanded district covering 1,000 tribal families. SSM has coordinated with various agencies and constructed 500 Low Cost Houses for the shelter-less. Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) established by SSM are now working confidently as a federation at Sagroli. SSM has received several awards for its programs like Child Welfare 
National Award, Dalit Mitra Award by Hon. President, Bhoomi Jal 
Samvardhan Award by Ministry of Water Resources etc.

Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal (SSM)

Sharada Nagar, Sagroli - Nanded - 431 731, Maharashtra.

Phone: + 91-24-65227834, +91-9923677624,



Contact Person: 
Pramod Deshmukh, Chairman


Mob. +91 9823989997

Raju-Deepti joined Jayprakash Narayan’s Movement for total Revolution as student activists way back in 1973-74. Raju is M.E.(Mechnical Engg.) and Deepti is B.Com., LLB., with an initial career in Banking. They got married in 1985 and decided to leave their lucrative professional careers and to take up full time social work on the lines of Gandhian philosophy. Jeevantirth has specialized in developing various methods of innovative learning. After a visit to Jeevantirth in Sept. 2010, Dr.Paul Kim, Chief Technical Officer of School of Education, Stanford University commented – “I strongly believe that many educators around the world should know about your amazing work and learn from you”. Raju-Deepti devote a lot of time to develop innovative education material and distribute it at cost price or even free to hundreds of schools all over Gujarat. They also conduct regular teachers training programme which greatly benefit the teachers as well as the students. At the request of Caring Friends, Jeevantirth, for the last 18 months is deeply involved with Gram Nirman Kelvani Mandal, Thava, Dist.Bharuch, which runs an educational centre at Thava, where nearly 2600 tribal children receive free education. Due to the efforts of Raju-Deepti, the quality of education has greatly improved and the SSC results shot up from the usual 11-12% to 49%. 

Jeevantirth is running a Computer Training Centre, Sewing Classes, Bal Sanskar Kendras, and small savings and micro Credit activities in the area known as Rama Pir No Tekdo, which is the largest slum of Ahmedabad and houses about 35,000 extremely poor families.

Juna Koba, Gandhinagar,
PIN 382009 (Ahmedabad).
Phone No.079 2327 6236
Contact Person:
Shri Rajubhai (Mobile – 098981 10897)
Ms Deepti (Mobile – 095588 55236)

Ankuram Woman and Child Development Society is a group of committed women activists, striving for the Rights of Survival, Protection, Development of girls and Equality & Equal opportunities for women to develop and lead a dignified human life. Ankuram’s founder, Ms M. Sumitra, had actively participated in various social movements in Andhra Pradesh during her student days and had often faced all forms of discrimination to complete her higher education. After completing education in Law and Political Science, she was determined to dedicate herself for the cause of girl child and women and thus she started ANKURAM (literal meaning 'sprout' which denotes "beginning") in Hyderabad. ANKURAM envisions a world in which girls and women are able to fulfill their dreams free from the constraints of discrimination, inequality and poverty. Ankuram emphasizes on girl child protection and promotion of rights like access to formal schooling, reproductive health education and rehabilitative shelter care services and vocational skills leading to income generating activities. Ankuram caters to the needs of underprivileged, trafficked, exploited girl children and till date 2,000 girls have been sheltered and brought up by them. Depending on the severity of the problem, the girls are given counseling, health care, legal aid, schooling and higher education, vocational skill trainings and even job placements with highest priority to the mainstream and compulsory education to the girls. It also runs Day care centres for migrant children in various slums where the migrant population lives. These centres are catering to the nutritional and protection needs of disadvantaged below 5 years children of migrant/construction workers. Every morning, a teacher employed by Ankuram gathers the small children in the centers where they are taken care of and provided with nutritious food, fun and games and prepared for school. Out of school drop-outs are referred to nearby govt. schools and hostels. A mobile counseling centre for migrants has been taken to the Adda coolies (migrant labourer's hub) which educates them on various legal provisions. Since girls in rural areas are the worst sufferers of child marriages, girl child discrimination apart from denial of educational and health rights, hence a rural resource centre was started in 2012 at Guntur district.


# 12-13-309, Street No-19, Tarnaka,

Phone No : 040-27017446
Email       :
Website    :

Contact Person:

Ms M. Sumitra, Founder Secretary



The origin of Thane SPCA (TSPCA) lies in the vision of some dedicated animal lovers who came together to end the miserable plight of animals in Thane. Shakuntala Majumdar started as an Animal Welfare officer and brought together six dedicated personalities to form Thane SPCA in 2002. Two years of working on the roads of Thane district bore fruits in the form of building the TSPCA Emergency Animal Care Centre on a plot of land donated by philanthropist Dr. N. K. Thakker. Initially TSPCA started out by reaching only animals within Thane district, however by the end of 2007 they started offering their services in Mumbai and Raigad as well. What started as a single shed with one cage and one vet, grew to hold 40 small and 6 large animals with a separate quarantine ward, a wild bird enclosure and a monkey enclosure. TSPCA now has a separate Operation Theatre with all facilities to perform emergency surgeries and supporting services of 2 ambulances. The hospital offers lodging for all the animals till they are ready to be discharged. Stray animals are treated free, animals with caretakers are charged a minimal fee while pets are charged a full fee. A huge number of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, pheasants, donkeys and cattle have been successfully rehomed. Wild animals, snakes, birds are regularly treated for their injuries and rehabilitated in the wild. Till date, over 40,000 animals have been treated and rehabilitated. Apart from running the centre, Shakuntala also involves herself in advocacy for better animal-rights, solving cruelty cases and running awareness programs. Her popularity with bureaucrats and her in-depth knowledge of animal-welfare has earned her the respect and goodwill in India's animal-welfare network.

Thane S.P.C.A. (TSPCA) Registered Address:

305, ‘Gangotri’, ‘B’ Wing
Jangid Complex, Mira Road (E).
Thane – 401 107

TSPCA Hospital Address:

NKT Compound, Besides Bhramand Complex, Azadnagar, Kolshet Road,

Thane West, Maharashtra - 400607

Tel:  +91-9322271966


Contact Person:

Shakuntala Majumdar, President


Mobile: +91-9821520229 

Over the last two decades, Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) has grown to be one of India’s largest grass-roots initiatives for water and livelihood security, working with its partners on a million acres of land across 72 backward districts, mainly in the central Indian tribal belt. Provides training to Sr. Government Officers and NGOs from various States in this area.

Founded in 1992, SPS takes inspiration from the life and work of Baba Amte who rejected charity and successfully empowered even the most challenged. SPS is headquartered in a drought-prone, tribal area in the Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh, which typifies the most difficult problems facing the country. SPS direct interventions are concentrated in about 300 villages and towns of this area. This work is not so much a model as a living laboratory of learning for others to adapt to their own areas. To facilitate this mutual learning SPS has set up the Baba Amte Centre for People’s Empowerment in tribal village Neemkheda, which has emerged as national centre for learning on the issues related to SPS work.

 SPS believes that location-specific watershed development combined with low-cost, low-risk agriculture, other nature-based livelihoods and women-led, institution-centred micro-finance, can result in sustained higher incomes and empowered communities. This approach arrests distress migration towards the metros and liberates the rural poor from the clutches of usurious moneylender-traders.

 Over the years, SPS work has been supported by Ford Foundation, USA, American India Foundation, USA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, UK, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai, Axis Bank Foundation, Mumbai, Caring Friends, Mumbai and many other charities world-wide.


Village Jatashankar, Tehsil Bagli,

District Dewas, M.P. 455227 

Tel:91 - 7271 - 275757 / 275550,


Contact Person:

Ms Nivedita Banerji, Secretary (Mobile : 096698 48112)

Shri Rangu Rao, (Mobile : 097552 56589) 

Shri Pramathesh Ambasta, Treasurer (Mobile : 09993670202)

Established in 1994. From 1995 onwards Dilasa Sanstha implemented various development projects in Yavatmal district, focussed on creating livelihood on sustainable basis. Major projects are watershed development (known as Phads), Participatory Irrigation development and management, Jalswarajya project, distribution of mixed seeds (Pata), formation of Self Help Groups (nearly 1800 such Groups) , and and linking them with nationalized banks (made bank credit available to the extent of Rs.20 crores during the last year . Hope to double it to Rs.40 crores during the current year). Dilasa works in close cooperation with 15 other smaller NGOs of that area. 

Also runs a farmers support centre to spread awareness of the various Government schemes meant for the benefit of the farmers and rural population. Tries to prevent farmers suicides. Also arranges for immediate help and relief to the farmers in desparate situation and for education of the children of farmers who committed suicide. Outstanding work of Dilasa greatly appreciated and supported by well-known foundations like Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Aga Khan Foundation, Oxfam, etc. 

Istari Nagar, Ghatanji, 
Dist-Yavatmal 445 301 
Phone No 07230-227537 / 202120, 
Contact Person: 
Shri Madhukar Dhas,Director 
Mobile No. 094203 05714 / 94231 31173 


ADR was set up by Prof. Sastry (currently teaching at IIM Bangalore) and a group of Professors and Alumni of IIM Ahmedabad and Bangalore  after  they  filed  a  landmark  and successful PIL in 1999 for getting candidates contesting elections to publicly declare their background details (criminal, financial, educational etc.). Since 2002 ADR has worked with over 1200 NGOs in every part of the country to conduct  citizen  election  watches  under  the banner  of  National  Election  Watch (NEW) for every election. There is wide dissemination of this information through press  conferences,  citizens'  conventions,  toll  free  help-lines,  SMS campaigns, Internet and social media, regional language channels etc.
Some other major achievements of ADR are: after a long battle using the Right to Information Act, political parties are declared as public authorities, and their IT returns are publicly available; questioning legitimacy of foreign and government donations to political parties through a PIL; pushing for disclosure of business interests by Lok Sabha MPs; convincing the Election Commission that a huge increase in declared assets of politicians needs to be investigated; strong credibility with media, politicians, eminent citizens, judges,  Election  Commission.  ADR  has  also  compiled  a  list  of recommendations for Electoral Reform. Under the Chairmanship of a former Chief Justice of India, it helped bring out the first comprehensive Bill on registration and regulation of political parties. Over 12 major Supreme Court judgments have been obtained by ADR and other organizations. ADR won several awards including Times of India Social Impact Award, and the NDTV and CNN-IBN Indian of the year Award.

Association for Democratic Reforms 
T-95A, C.L. House, 1st Floor,
Gulmohar Commercial Complex,Gautam Nagar,
Near Green Park Metro Station (Gautam Nagar exit),
New Delhi-110 049
Tel : +91-011-4165-4200

Email :


Contact Person:

Prof. Trilochan Sastry , Founder and Trustee                                         Mobile:+91-80-699-3285, +91-94483-53285                   Email:

Maj. Gen. Anil Verma (Retd.), Head

Founded by Dr.Ashish Satav, MD, and his wife Dr.(Mrs) Kavita Satav, MS (Ophthalmology) in 1998. When no ordinary MBBS doctor was willing to settle down in Melghat tribal area, this highly qualified and dedicated couple, at the young age of 28, decided to stay in Dharni to serve the tribals. They have already devoted 12 years of their life to this cause. Mahan is the only organisation dedicated to providing medical facilities to Melghat - a hilly forest area in the Satpuda mountain ranges,where medical facilities are grossly inadequate (Doctor Patient ratio is one doctor per 10,000 patients). The Area has the highest mortality rate in under 5 children and in age group (16-50 years) in Maharastra.Mahan has already built a basic Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit cum General hospital. However, needs more funds urgently to provide more facilities by expanding the same. This unit is being used for treatment of childhood illnesses specially children suffering from malnutrition, nutrition education and training of village health workers and providing proper health facilities to rural and tribal families in that area. Many of their successful programmes have been adopted by the Government for all tribal areas of Maharashtra. Dr.Ashish Satav has been honoured with many prestigious award for his research and services to be tribals. 

Mahatma Gandhi Tribal Hospital , 
Main Road , Dharni. Or Karmagram , Utavali. 
Dist: Amravati-444 702 
Email : 
Tel.07226-202291/ 202793/ 202586 
Contact Person: 
Dr.Ashish Satav, President, 
(Mobile: 94231 18877) 

The ANT was founded in October 2000 by Dr.Sunil Kaul and Ms.Jennifer Liang. The original Trust has now branched out into 4 more Trusts which run a weaving project, a crafts store in Bangalore since 2007 to support the 13 NGOs of Crafts Sector from Northeast by promoting their culture and livelihood (annual sales about 1.2 crores, promoting entrepreneurship by providing micro finance and a Trust runs small short courses to build the capacity of small NGOs. Other activities include 1.Organic yet modern agriculture that has doubled the production of rice and converted around 500 farmers back to the chemical-free mould. 2. Entrepreneurship development followed by small loans to individuals and groups. 3. Health: (a) Help the community monitor the National Rural Health Mission (b) Monitor the health expenses of the community and thecommunity based institutions like Village Health & Sanitation Committees on a sample basis.(c) Run a Mental Health Camp each month to treat more than 170 Mental patients every month 4. Working with Internally Displaced people in Deosri to struggle for their rights to get work, rations and compensation. 

Udangshree Dera, Village Rowmari, 
P.O Khagrabari, District Chirang Via Bongaigaon 
BTAD, ASSAM – 783380, INDIA 
Tele: +91 3664 – 293802 

Ms Jennifer Liang, Managing Trustee 
Mobile: 9859978991 
Dr Sunil Kaul, Founder Trustee 
Mobile: 9435122042 

Established in 1971 by Prof. M.D.Uplenchwar with the basic objective of helping poor but meritorious students from backward rural and tribal areas to continue their college education by providing them hostel facilities at minimal charges. Its main hostel Dnyanda Hostal Campus was established in 1990 with 15 students. Since then VSS has been continuously adding new wings to cope up with the ever increasing demand. Today the hostel provides accommodation to 115 students. No charges for about 10 of them, concessional charges for about 50 of them and nominal charges of about R.1200/- pm (Rs.800 only till last year) for the remaining. Prof. M.D.U. spends most of his time including Sundays in the hostel inspiring students to work hard and to implant the right values and seeds of compassion in their heart from an early age. The hostel provides various facilities like Library, Laboratory for Science experiments, yoga, and English classes, etc. His efforts have borne excellent fruits as many ex-students of this hostel have reached important positions and are now its regular donors and helping other poor students. 

Vidyarthi Sahayyak Samiti (VSS) Dnyanda Hostel Campus,
Anandwan Square, Post Anandwan
Tal. Warora, Dist.Chandrapur. PIN 442 914
Tel. 07176 282309 (O) / 282237 ( R )
Website -
Contact Person:
Prof.M.D.Uplenchwar, President,
Mob.– 98224 69453

Founded by Dr.Avinash Saoji, a qualified doctor, totally Gandhian in thoughts and deeds, who even while he was a medical student was very clear that he will use his medical knowledge not for accumulating the wealth for himself, but for the benefit of the underprivileged. After working for a few years with some NGOs, he started his own institution ‘PRAYAS' in 1994. Prayas is dedicated to work for the betterment of marginal sections of community, to provide them proper developmental opportunities & try to relieve some of their sufferings. Prayas believes that equilibrium in all four dimensions of health - Physical, Mental, Social & Spiritual, is an essential prerequisite for actualisation of innate human potential and the contentedness in life. Dr. Saoji regularly conducts free camps all over Maharashtra and trains people in the Art of Holistic Living.The emphasis is on prevention of the diseases by proper living. 

Jivan Shali Clinic, 
Devankar Nagar, 
Near Swami Samarth School, 
Dist. Amravati, PIN-444704. 
Tel : 7227-243234 / 243809, 
Email : 

Contact Person: 
Dr.Avinash Saoji, President 
Mobile : 94228 55607
Established in 1984 in Kolhapur. Founder - Director Ms.Naseema Hurzuk, (known as Naseema Didi) herself a paraplegic from the age of 16 years, and Ms.Rajni Deshpande, a polio victim. Basic objective, empowerment of persons with disabilities of all religions, caste or communities with a special thrust on women, children, poor and rural people. During the last 25 years, HOH has provided rehabilitation assistance to more than 16,000 persons with disabilities. It has also created infrastructures such as hostels, schools, rehabilitation and training centres etc. costing more than Rs.600 lakhs to ensure effective and ongoing services. HOH runs 2 important centres – Gharonda at Kolhapur and Swapna Nagri at Kudal (Sindhudurg). Total no. of inmates 280. HOH runs a cashew processing unit at its Sindhudurg Centre where it employs nearly 60 persons. Almost 80% (nearly 50) of the employees suffer from some disability or the other. The Founder, Naseema Didi, has been honoured with numerous prestigious awards. 

Helpers of the Handicapped, (HOH) 
235 / 11 E, Tarabai Park, 
Kolhapur- 416003 
Tel. Nos. Office: (0231) 2680026, 6521294; 
Contact Person: 
Ms.Naseema Hurzuk, Founder-President, 
Mob–98220 90898 
Shri Ayaz Sangrar, Executive Director 
Mobile - 98509 53200 

Jeetu & Rehana, a sincere, honest & hardworking couple, started this organisation with the immediate objective of education & rehabilitation of children from worst slums of Rajkot. Their long term dream is that there should not be any slums at all. Their approach is to reach the slum dwellers through their children. They started their work with 12 children in one slum area in 2003. Today, they are working in 7 major slums of Rajkot and providing high quality education and overall development facilities to more than 600 children. About 15 top quality schools of Rajkot admit children from Vishvanidam without charging any fees. They also run a Vocational Training Centre (main activities tailoring and computer training) in the same premises where they reside. They also conduct health awareness programmes in slum areas and also promote family planning.

Behind Saurashtra University, 
At & Post – Old Munjka, Dist. Rajkot 
PIN 360 005 (Gujarat) 
Email: / 
Contact Person: 
Shri Jeetu / Ms Rehana, Founders 
(Mobile – 098256 34501 / 094277 28915) 




SRUTI is a not-for-profit organisation that works towards social change at the grass roots, across rural and urban India, through its Fellowship Programme. SRUTI is committed to empowering marginalized 
people to lead a dignified life with access to livelihood, resources, rights and justice. The focus is on rights-based and organically driven community development that works towards ensuring socio-economic entitlements and opportunity to deprived groups. Since its inception, SRUTI has supported the work of more than 128 fellows at the grass roots in 18 states across India. SRUTI currently supports 30  Fellows, 117 karyakartas  (volunteers/activists) and their groups in 13 states. The current outreach of SRUTI Fellows is over 7,361 villages and 250 urban clusters covering around 6.8 lakh families and 34 lakh people. The SRUTI Fellowship Programme not only facilitates and supports social action financially, but also strengthens and sustains  it  through  the  intermediary  processes  of  advocacy, engagement, association, capacity building and solidarity. Additionally, it focuses on building capacity and local leadership within these communities - allowing the change to be rooted to the ground, rather than offering external support  which  could  make  vulnerable  groups  even  more dependent. Funds for the core Fellowship support are raised by SRUTI through individual donations, institutional support and independent resource mobilization efforts e.g. scrap collection and other fund raising activities. 

Q-1, Hauz Khas Enclave
New Delhi 110016

Tel No. +91-11-26569023


Contact Person:

Shweta Tripathi, Director, Mobile-09911528696

Satyam Shrivastava, Director, Mobile – 09810423296

The thought behind BWF originated in 1998 when the founders (Bharti Mamani & Adik Kadam) started work at the grassroots level in the conflict-ridden frontier district of Kupwara in Kashmir. On a visit to Tithwal in Kupwara dist which is on the border of India and Pakistan, Adhik Kadam and Bharti Mamani witnessed a wedding and a funeral in which broken families on both sides of the Kishenganga river that divided the two countries, participated. This incident was the genesis of BWF: an organisation founded in 2002 to create a community without fences and a world without borders. The project aims at providing rehabilitation services to girl victims of militancy and migration, due to conflicts in border areas, especially to those who have been orphaned or belonged to economically weaker sections. With its prime focus on geographically remote and disadvantaged border areas, BWF launched its rehabilitation projects in the frontier districts of Kupwara, Budgam, Jammu and Anantnag and these centres (known as Basera-E-Tabassum meaning 'Abode of Smiles') today provides shelter and education to about 167 girls. Adhik in the initial years of running the centres had to face grave difficulties, not to mention being abducted by militants more than a dozen times, but was released by them due to timely intervention by his dedicated colleagues and after the militants were convinced of the genuineness of his selfless work. Today looking forward towards the development of these children, he has shifted some of the girls to Pune for better education and career. Soon BWF would be building a home for 150 kids in Beerwah and later in Kupwara which will not only provide lodging and boarding facility but also run a vocational training center, library, computer training center and science lab. Recently BWF also started Health/Medical related programs in many districts with 6 operational ambulances. In the recent Kashmir floods, the BWF team headed by Adhik reached out to over 3 lakh flood affected people and though they had no prior experience in any relief work, they managed to rescue several people, carried food and water for a week to people stuck on roof-tops by using small boats, provided them medical support and distributed medicines provided by various agencies.

Block F,Nikhil Pride, phase II
Next to Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay
Tilak Road, Sadashiv Peth,
Pune 411030
Tel: +91-20-24327766

Contact Person:
Adhik Kadam, Chairperson
Mobile:+91- 9422323569


WSOS was started by Geeta & Kartick in 1998 for actively working towards conserving India's rapidly vanishing habitat, conducting research and creating alternative  livelihoods  for  erstwhile poacher communities. Kartick, an ardent wildlife conservationist, spent much of his time working in several National Parks and Tiger Reserves across India, during which time he realized the urgent need to protect India’s depleting wildlife. Geeta Seshamani, an English Literature Lecturer at Delhi University, had been running Friendicoes SECA (, an animal emergency helpline and shelter for animals in distress, in Delhi. When Geeta invited Kartick to work with her to study the 'dancing bear’ issue in India, their investigative research confirmed that this old and brutal practice was severely endangering wild sloth bears. Their joint efforts along with other like-minded individuals helped create WSOS and soon WSOS became a platform to end this illegal practice by using a compassionate approach of rehabilitating the Kalandar people who were dependant on the bears for their livelihood. WSOS also runs projects to help protect and conserve leopards, elephants and reptiles and till date they have rescued and rehabilitated 700 sloth bears, 60 Asiatic black bears, 15 elephants, 55 leopards, 8000 snakes and 500 crocodiles. WSOS has an anti-poaching and wildlife crime intelligence unit and they work with enforcement agencies like the Police, Forest Departments, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, customs etc. to help control illegal wildlife trade. WSOS also works in communities to create awareness about nature & environment protection and kindness to wildlife. Wildlife SOS has designed and carried out initiatives to empower women belonging to Kalandar communities in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. They train these women in their chosen skill (e.g. training in embroidery, stitching, jewelry making, bag making, stone polishing, powdering and packaging of spices etc) and provide seed funding to start their own business and form self-help groups. WSOS actively protects critically endangered habitats by buying and protecting land in areas that border already protected forest lands and hires local people as guards, who actively protect the habitat and keep poachers at bay. Turning poachers to protectors is their motto!


Wildlife SOS (WSOS)

D-210, Defence Colony,

New Delhi-110024

Tel: +91-11-246601096/ + 91-9560011875



Contact Person:

Kartick Satyanarayan, Founder & Chairman,


Mobile: +91-9810114563

Geeta Seshamani, Founder


Mobile: +91-9810000254


A dentist by profession and a selfless philanthropist by nature, Dr Avinash Pol is 
a person who wears many hats. In the small city of Satara while running his dental clinic, Dr Pol would often hear from his patients coming from rural areas about the severe water crisis in their villages and  about  lack  of  toilets  and  unhygienic conditions due to which the villagers would get recurring bouts of cholera, gastro, malaria etc. Though the govt. had created a lot of good schemes for villages, yet due to the villager's lack of knowledge about the same, they were unable to avail of the benefits and neither was the govt. able to implement these schemes where it was most needed. Hearing these problems made Dr Pol decide that he would work as a catalyst between the villagers and the govt. and he started work in Beblewadi in 1997 to construct a toilet block for women. He initially faced a lot of problems from politicians but using his sweet tongue he won them over and completed his work. Gradually he got many govt. schemes sanctioned and implemented and constructed roads, school buildings, check dams, farm ponds for water conservation, biogas units in every house in Beblewadi with the help of the villagers and other volunteers. He continued to do similar work in 700 other villages and today Satara's toilet facilities in villages has increased from 30% to 90% and with improvement in hygienic conditions, water borne diseases have come down drastically.Three of Satara's villages have got Clean Village" Awards conferred by President APJ Kalam in 2005. He started women's Self Help Groups in Asgaon village where women stitch gowns and masks to provide to hospitals. He has persuaded youths to do 'Shramdaan' and got them to clean a dry Godoli lake and resurrect it again. Dr Pol works as a "servant leader" for social causes by influencing young villagers and changing their mindset. Without forming any NGO, he has convinced 3,500 like-minded activists to work for rural India and is affectionately called by all as a 'one man army'!

Satara, Maharashtra.


Srikanth Belwadi,
Apr 3, 2012, 9:51 PM