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We have identified the following institutions that are functioning very well and that
the people behind these institutions are lifetime devotees of their cause.

Maharogi Seva Samiti - Baba Amte

Established in 1949 by the great humanist Baba Amte, the organization 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 tribes of the Madia Gond community. Their motto is “Give them a chance, not charity”.
  Parivaar Education Society
Parivaar is chiefly working for total care and overall development of homeless children. Parivaar Ashram is essentially a
community of children and Resident workers whose only aim is to love and serve the children as their younger brothers and
  SRIJAN - Self Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action
SRIJAN’s mission is to empower the rural communities, especially the women, and make them self-reliant. To scale its reach, SRIJAN launched a special initiative – the Buddha Fellowship Program.
The Fellowship seeks to mentor 1,000 talented youth from premier institutions (including IITs and IIMs) to become Development Entrepreneurs – to accelerate the economical upliftment of poor rural population in India.
Unnati was launched with the core objective of making the socially underprivileged & economically backward youth 'job-ready'
and place them in jobs of the organized sector. The target youth, boys and girls, are those who may not have had formal
education/not studied beyond 10th or 12th standard and have no inclination to study further. This program is implemented
through a 70 day free vocational training. Unnati imparts rigorous training in chosen vocations along with Soft and Life skills,
Values, Spoken English and Computers.
  Snehalaya - Ahmednagar
Snehalaya is an outstanding example of how youth in the country can make a difference in the lives of the poorest & the most
neglected segments of society. Established in 1989, this organization focuses on women and children who are victims of
commercial sexual exploitation.
  Mahan Trust
Mahan is the only organization dedicated to providing medical facilities to tribal population of Melghat. Melghat is a hilly forest
area in the Satpuda mountain ranges, where medical facilities are grossly inadequate (Doctor Patient ratio is one doctor per
10,000 people). The project is mainly managed by a young dedicated Dr. couple – Dr. Ashish Satav (MD-Medicine) and his wife
Dr. Kavita Satav (M.S.-Optholmology).
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the ant works directly in villages and furthering the pace of development in the areas of Lower Assam in the north eastern
region of India, an area frequently targeted by the separatist and extremists. At another level, it works to build up the
voluntary sector in the northeast region.
  Samaj Pragati Sahayog
SPS was founded by a dedicated group of professionals - scientists & experts in different disciplines, who about 20 years ago,
gave up lucrative careers to live with the poorest of the poor, the most marginalized, oppressed and exploited tribal
communities of India. SPS believes that location-specific watershed development combined with low-cost, low-risk agriculture,
other nature-based livelihoods and women-led micro finance, can dramatically raise rural incomes, providing an enduring
panacea to the suicide-ridden drylands.
Main objectives of Samparc are Rehabilitation, Care and Education of Orphans, children of sex workers, children whose parents
are serving imprisonment and needy disadvantaged rural children, and (2) Rural Community Development.
  Atmashakti Trust
Atmashakti which means 'strength of the soul' is working with 300,000 families in Orissa (now Odisha) who are mainly
from tribal and dalit communities. Atmashakti's mission is to enable these underprivileged families to access their
entitlements from the government and bring them out of poverty and stop migration.
  Samaritan Help Mission
Started by 32 year youth, Mamoon Akhtar, a librarian affected by polio in his left hand. He started the mission with few of his
friends, who were all slum dwellers, in 1999 with the motto HELP PEOPLE ON NEED NOT ON CREED to save the slum children from
falling prey to the drug mafia.
  Helpers of the Handicapped, Kolhapur.
Helpers of the Handicapped provides complete rehabilitation to the disabled and tries its best to enable them to live
an independent and productive life. It provides medical aid, education and vocational training to the disabled especially
women and children from the poor/rural section of the society.
Some of the other projects that Arpan supports are,

Amrapali Utkarsh Sangh, Nagpur
Amrapali Utkarsh Sangh is doing wonderful work for the education and over all rehabilitation of children from the red light
areas of Nagpur and is also working for the children of immigrant workers who work in 110 stone quarries located about 25 km
from Nagpur. They have successfully inculcated in these children a feeling of compassion and strong desire to help other
underprivileged persons, specially the children of the immigrant workers of Bihar and Orissa working in the stone mines
near Nagpur. In addition, they are conducting day classes near the mines for children of immigrant miners. However, due to
the fact that the immigrant miners go away to their villages almost three times a year for about 45 days each time,
they are building a residential school. These children can then stay there even if their parents go away to the villages.
The school started functioning from 2007 after acquisition of land near the mines and constructing first phase of building.
More than 100 students are studying there at present which will get added by 50 children every year.
Jeevantirth is actively participating in the “National Environment Awareness Campaign” since 1999. Jeevantirth is conducting
youth camps with the theme “Role of Youth in Rural Development” and facilitates the process like “Participatory Strategic Planning”.
PRAYAS’ is an institution dedicated to work for the marginal sections of community, to provide them proper develop mental
opportunities & try to relieve some of their pains. Prayas believes that equilibrium in all four dimensions of health – Physical,
Mental, Social & Spiritual, is an essential prerequisite for actualization of innate human potential and the contentedness in life.
Dr. Avinash Saoji regularly conducts free camps all over Maharashtra and trains people in the Art of Holistic Living.