Supported NGOs

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 with the moto that, “Every woman and child should have the right to a life free from inequality, cruelty and discrimination”. It focuses on rehabilitation of women and children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation, orphans, underprivileged and abandoned by the society. Today, Snehalaya works across 18 projects in rehabilitation, health, education and advocacy,that nearly 200,000 people have befitted from since 1989, saving countless lives and giving dignity back to those marginalised by society. It works towards improving the condition of commercial sex workers, stop trafficking of minor girls, rescuing them from brothels (rehabilitated more than 200 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, education, food, clothing, shelter and emotional support for their overall development. Also provides medical facilities and rehabilitation for HIV+ women and children. Snehalaya runs Balbhavans in 7 major slums of Nagar and provides after school coaching & health awareness to nearly 2000 students. These Balbhavans have become the centres for overall development of these slums. Snehalaya provides skill development opportunities through various courses like Bed Side nursing assistant, clay and cloth work, Paithani making, Agriculture training center etc for its beneficiaries. Snehalaya has won several awards including the Durgabai Deshmukh award conferred by the Govt. of India for its dedicated service in 2012 by the hands of President Pranav Mukherji. Snehalaya has also featured in the first episode of SatymevJayate, a show on social issues in India on the national network.

Bilwadal, Capt Rajabhau Kulkarni Marg 
Juna Mangalwar Bazar, 
Ahmednagar 414001, Maharashtra 
Tel : 91-241-2345340/2342322/2353031
Snehalaya, Plot 239, F Block, MIDC,
Ahmednagar, Maharashtra 414111,
Telephone: 0241 2778353
Website : 
Contact Persons: 
Dr.Girish Kulkarni, Founder-Director 
90110 20173 
Shri Anil Gawade, Sr.Asstt. Director 
90110 20180 


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 25000 small and marginal farmers in over 300 cooperatives and covers over 300 villages in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and in Raichur District of Karnataka. Recently they started work in Rajasthan and Jharkhand. 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.

Flat No 301, 3rd Floor, Poonam Padmasri Residency, 
Near Geetha Nursing Home, Street No 8,
West Marredpally, Hyderabad – 500026 . A.P
Tel: 040-27712743

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

Samaritan Help Mission (SHM) is a non-profit organization that has been working in densely-populated, impoverished slums in the Howrah district of West Bengal for 17 years. Its main operations began in Tikiapara in 2001, a large urban slum near the Howrah railway station with a population of around 4 lacs where SHM seeks to provide opportunities for a better life to its marginalized inhabitants through good quality English-medium education, primary healthcare, vocational training and programs for creation of livelihood and financial inclusion. In 2009, it began work in Bankra, a rural slum with a similar demographic and economic profile in order to replicate the major community-development initiatives of Tikiapara. Bankra is still at a relatively nascent stage of development today. SHM’s activities include Education (English Medium Schools and Evening schools in Tikiapara and Bankra)
Primary & Specialized Healthcare (approx. 8000 beneficiaries per month), OPD for general medicine, pediatrics,ENT, gynecology and orthopedics, Specialized Units(Dental and Eye Clinic,Tele-medicine for Cardiac Care), Pharmaceutical Outlet for low-cost generic medicine.
Diagnostic Facilities: ECG, Nebulizationand Pathological Testing Facilities,Medical Outreach Camps ,Skill Development and Sports Academy, Financial Inclusion(7342 account holders).

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

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
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


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. Babasaheb Deshmukh established SSM as an organization to promote education at grassroot level. SSM offers quality education to 4000 deprived rural children and underprivileged students. In parallel, the field of sports is too given due importance at SSM. Utkarsh, the Vocational Training Centre, established in 2009 addresses the needs of school drop outs and unemployed youth by imparting skill based training 800 youth per year. Started with 5 short term courses, the VTC now has scaled up with courses in Agriculture and Food Processing coupled with life skills and value education. The trained youth are assisted for self employment or placement at related Industries. SSM runs Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), awarded by Indian Council of Agriculture Research. The activities ensuring sustained development include Introduction of new technologies, Training and Capacity building, Live demonstrations, Promotion of Secondary Agriculture and Research & development in allied sectors. Watershed Development Program (1993) works for the Conservation of Environment and Natural Resources. The major components of the program are Soil and Water Management, Afforestation, Agriculture, Sustainable Livelihood, Self-help Movement and Capacity Building. An exemplary ‘Nagdarwadi’ village under the project area has gained commendation from all over for achieving radical transformation. SSM has brought about revolutionary change in the living standards of 25000 families from 30 villages so far. Anand Balgram, a children’s village established in 1974, is a home for destitute children. The objective of this movement is to facilitate home environment to shape the lives of children. The Balgram accommodates 250 children, majority of the inmates being girls. They are groomed to be responsible citizens with a sense of giving back. The children are encouraged and supported to pursue higher or vocational education with a placement opportunity as well. Sagroli Sunrise is a carefully designed sports project started in 2004. Given an opportunity, the rural youth can scale great heights of achievement and bring laurels to the nation. Under the project 50 handpicked young athletes from the area are given rigorous training by professional trainers. Since 2005, the athletes participated in National and International sport events and bagged consistently.

Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal
Sagroli - Nanded - 431731
Contact Person: Rohit Deshmukh, Director
+91 9158987787

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, Palghar and Raigad as well. The organisation started working, first on the streets of Thane district, and graduated to running a full fledged animal hospital with a fully equipped surgery, radiology department, out patients department, in patients department,intensive care unit, 3ambulance services , cattle ward, monkey and wild bird enclosure , kennel and cattery. All this is run with the support of 21 staff members, 3 animal ambulances and a cohesive strength of 12 core members.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 with the cooperation of the State Forest Department. Till date, over a lakh ofdomestic and wild animals have been treated and rehabilitated. Apart from this, the Legal Team of the organization headed by an Advocateworks pro bono to mitigate man-animal conflicts, files complaints in Police stations and courts against animal cruelty and holds workshops in law colleges and with Police Department to sensitise the them in animal rights, solving cruelty cases. The President of the organization is the recipient of the prestigious Nari Shakti award at the hands of the President of India recognizing her life’s work.

Thane S.P.C.A. (TSPCA) Registered Address:
305, ‘Gangotri’, ‘B’ Wing
Jangid Complex, Mira Road (E).
Thane – 401 107
Tel:  +91-93222 71966

TSPCA Hospital Address:
NKT Compound, Besides Bhramand Complex, Azadnagar, Kolshet Road,
Thane West, Maharashtra - 400607
Tel: +91-87676 12344
Email: /

Contact Person:
Shakuntala Majumdar, President
Mobile: +91-98215 20229

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)



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. Recently the Supreme Court has asked for swift disposal of cases against politicians with monthly progress monitoring. It has also asked candidates and political parties to publish the criminal cases against candidates in prominent newspapers at least three times during campaigns, and give TV and social media publicity as well. Several other important PILs are in progress. ADR needs substantial funds for building voter awareness for the coming elections.

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

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

Dr. Ashish Satav (MD) and his wife, Dr. Kavita Satav (MS ophthalmology) left their secure jobs at medical college to start MAHAN Trust which provides healthcare in one of the poorest and most deprived parts of India – the Melghat region, where medical facilities were very scarce and under-5 mortality rates were twice that of the national average. MAHAN’s programs include Hospital, Critical Care Facilities, pediatric hospital , Home Based Child Care (HBCC), Malnutrition Eradication (SAMMAN), providing locally prepared therapeutic food to malnourished children, Mortality Control Program for Economically Productive Age Group, Blindness Control, De-Addiction Program, Kitchen Garden(KG) and Nutrition Farm (NF) and Counsellor Program for strengthening of government hospitals. Dr Satav has trained tribal women to serve as village health workers, educating and supporting the families with nutrition and hygiene education, primary medical care and nursing support. Dr Kavita has selflessly supported all of MAHAN’s initiatives and has spearheaded the blindness control program, often personally conducting door to door screenings in over 400 remote villages, spreading awareness to convince tribal to come to the hospital for eye check-ups and surgeries and braving the dangers of the forest environment to personally reach her patients and treat them. MAHAN’s community health programs have reduced child mortality and severe malnutrition by more than 65%, reduced the death rate in economically productive age group and maternal mortality by more than 50%. MAHAN has provided free services of specialists’ doctors to more than 120,000 patients, saved more than 2000 critically ill tribal patients, provided vision to more than 21,000 tribal patients by cataract surgery and providing spectacles and provided free plastic surgery to >800 tribal. MAHAN could improve 17 government hospitals benefitting >300000 tribal. MAHAN could improve lives of more than 7,00,000 tribal people especially children and women due to their efforts in changing Government policies, expanding many state health and ICDS policies.  MAHAN could develop >6000 NF, KG in 16 tribal villages producing > 100000 kg green vegetables, pulses, etc. by tribal farmers. Due to MAHAN’s efforts, three villages are free from social drinking of alcohol.

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 in Assam was founded in October 2000 by Jennifer Liang who is a trained social worker and Sunil Kaul who is a medical doctor with a specialisation in public health. To help in the development of the northeast region, this NGO works at two levels:

· At the grassroots level, it works in District Chirang of Bodoland in Assam on a variety of issues ranging from education to mental health, stopping domestic violence against women, building the capacity of community leaders in fighting collectively for their rights and entitlements, etc.

Its intervention to improve the learning levels of children studying in Government schools now extends to over 150 lower primary and middle schools, especially in numeracy, literacy and science. The Mental Health programme treats nearly a 1000 patients of mental disorders and epilepsy every month at a financially sustainable charge of Rs 10 a day, inclusive of the cost of medicines and consultation with a psychiatrist and other doctors. This programme, with the support of Caring Friends has added nearly 300 more patients a month in 6 other districts of Assam by partnering with other NGOs working on the same camp-based model.

A livelihood initiative of the ant, Aagor is a brand in handloom garments that retails products on its own label and also manufactures for other big brands. Run entirely by local staff under the supervision of weavers, it clocked sales of over Rs 1.10 crores in 2017-18 which provided direct employment and wages of Rs. 40 lakh to nearly 120 tribal women locally. It also runs stores in Bengaluru that sell hand-made textiles and crafts worth over Rs 2 crores a year.

· At another level, the ant has started the Institute of Development Action or IDeA has trained and supported more than 150 NGOs in Assam and other parts of the northeast besides conducting meaningful research on developmental issues. Thanks entirely to Caring Friends, it also supports small NGOs of the region with funds between Rs 2 to 6 lakh a year.

· The ANT is running projects supported by UNICEF, UNDP, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, DKA (Austria), Child Aid Network (Germany), TDH (Germany) and of course, Caring Friends.

Udangshri Dera, Village Rowmari, 
P.O Khagrabari, District Chirang Via Bongaigaon 
BTAD, ASSAM – 783380, INDIA 
Ph:+91 8472010563

Sunil Kaul, Managing Trustee and Executive Director

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 second hostel Dnyanda Hostel 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 230 students. No charges for about 20 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.Unique feature of VSS is that past student Prof. Lonare& his team of another five past hostel students established a branch at Hinganghat Dist. Wardha with a Spandan Hostel for boys for 110 students in 2013 & a residential English medium school for 200 students on a 4 acre land with play grounds, Science centre, Computer training centre with a greenery of 200 flower trees in 2018.

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
Prof. Amrut Lonare, Treasurer, Mob.– 98504 54446


SRUTI – Society for Rural Urban and Tribal Initiative, established in 1983, is a not-for-profit organisation that works towards social change at the grassroots, across rural and urban India, through its Fellowship Programme. It is committed to empowering marginalized people to lead a dignified life with access to livelihood, resources, rights and justice. The Fellowship Programme is designed to identify and assist such individuals (known as SRUTI Fellows), and linked peoples’ groups (known as sangathans), so they can pursue their chosen path with less concern about supporting themselves and their families, in the absence of sustained livelihood support. SRUTI not only facilitates and supports social action financially, but also strengthens it through the intermediary processes of advocacy, engagement, association, capacity building and solidarity (illustrated later). 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. SRUTI has supported the work of more than 130 fellows at the grass roots across 20 states. SRUTI currently supports 34 Fellows, 52 karyakartas (volunteers/activists) and their groups in 14 states across India: Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Tamil Nadu. The outreach of SRUTI Fellows is over 7000 villages and 230 urban clusters covering around 6 lakh families and 30 lakh people.


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



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.


Manavlok was established in 1982 by Dr. Dwarkadasji Lohiya, popularly known as “Babuji”, after he gave up his medical practice and founded “Manavlok” as a Voluntary organization for socio-economic upliftment of the rural-poor. Currently Manavlok operates through its seven subcentres located in Beed, Latur & Osmanabad districts. The Ongoing activities of the organization are Community based Monitoring programs of National Rural Health Mission, Watershed development programme, Trupti Kitchen for Senior Citizen, Krushak Panchayat, Project ‘Navnirman’, Know your customer Programme, Manaswini Mahila Prakalp (Women empowerment providing Shelter Home, Free Legal aid center, training center), Domestic Violence and Gender Sensitization, Jansahayog, Social Work College, SHG’s, sanitation, relief services for the victims of Natural Disaster, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation of Govt. programs. Manavlok’s Water & Soil conservation program includes Environment and Soil Conservation, Dam Distilling and pouring silt over farms to improve their harvest, Water Accumulating Deep Trenches (WADTs) etc. Manavlok has played a key role in Dam desilting policy making along with Caring Friends.. Manavlok has constructed two villages after the 1993 Latur earthquake. Manavlok has established 37 Balwadi (kindergarten) in 37 villages with total beneficiaries of 1486 children, facilitated 960 students at 35 centers through night study program, and provided non-formal education to 175 children of school dropout at 9 villages. Presently, Manavlok is running one Art centre, one Balwadi Centre (pre-school) and one MSW (Master of Social Work)  College which are renowned in the region across. Manavlok believes that collective local leadership plays an essential role in mobilizing the local resources and making the best use of them. Manavlok does not entertain the welfare approach of giving aid. It believes in providing the means for development rather than dolling out money to the poor. Funds are thus directed at start- up projects, with the expectation that beneficiaries contribute an equal investment in the form of time and energy. State government of Maharashtra has selected Manavlok as the ‘Mother NGO’ for implementing Watershed Development program. For this project government of Maharashtra selected 13 NGOs from Maharashtra on the basis of their contribution and experience in watershed development and water management.

Dhadpad, Post box No.23, Ring 
Road, Ambajogai,District - Beed
Maharashtra - 431517
Tel : +91 2446247217, +91 9673599999 
Contact Person:
Aniket Lohiya, Secretary 
Mob. – 9823030005

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