Our Founder's Story

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Founder's Story

Mahesh’s journey started in 2008. At that time, he used to study in college. He and his group of friends celebrated their birthdays in hospital with patients and the people in need. Once, on one of his friend’s birthdays, they went to the hospital like always. They especially celebrate in the children’s ward.
There Mahesh met a four-year-old boy named Rupesh while distributing fruits. He generally asks children their names, problems, and how many days were they hospitalized. Similarly, he asked Rupesh as well. His mother was sitting beside him, and she said his son is HIV positive; he has AIDS. Mahesh and his friends were shocked at how this problem could happen to such a young child.

They asked the doctor about how this child got infected with HIV AIDS, and the doctor said the AIDS could sometimes be transmitted from mother to child. Not only Rupesh, but there were also many more children admitted due to HIV AIDS in that Hospital. They could not sleep that night thinking about those children dealing with the disease. That time Mahesh and his friends were only 21 years old, and they made up their minds to do something for the children infected with HIV AIDS. From there Mahesh Foundation started and gave helping hands to HIV AIDS children.
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The struggle period of six years!

In the beginning, Mahesh and his friends used to help a few children using their pocket money. They used to give them 200 to 300 rupees for travel and also provide food. Even they provide school kits and bags to children going to school. When Mahesh met the child Rupesh in 2008, he only had his mother with him, and in 2010 he lost his mother too and became an orphan. Mahesh, with his friends, tried for the admission of Rupesh in a government orphanage. But, they got a negative answer that the child has AIDS so that he can spread HIV AIDS to other children living there.

 After fighting for consecutive days, Rupesh finally got admission, but he returned, running to them after some time. When Mahesh asked him the reason, he said that the warden of the orphanage told everyone at night that he had AIDS. Then Mahesh, with his friends, thought of making an orphanage of his own. They wanted a home for rent to keep orphan kids. Thus, they went to the landlord and said they needed it to make an HIV AIDS hostel; but they always got a No, as the child may spread it to the building. Really?.

Mahesh had no choice left, so he shifted him to his home. The sad part was that his relatives got scared of visiting his house due to getting HIV AIDS. Many HIV-positive children then came to him, and for six years, he kept them at his own home only. After a lot of struggle, one of his supporters gave a house on nominal rent. He faced struggles but never gave up!.

Foundation of Utkarsha School.. When the HIV AIDS positive children of their hostel went to the government school, the staff also thought that the children could spread AIDS to other students. His hostel children were not allowed to study with regular students. The parents of government school students forced the school not to allow HIV-positive children in school. But, it is nowhere written in our law of India that they cannot study together. Thus, Mahesh thought of making his school. He asked for government help, and it took around six to seven years to get space for the school. But, at last, they had to make it on their own. Then, his mother, who always supported him, said he could buy some other house and donate their own home to complete school.

His Team, His Strength!

Mahesh Foundation is a big team of professionals who work for the cause. They have separate teams for schools, hostels and campaigns. They give monthly reports of HIV AIDS to donors as well about food, study, and livelihood. They share progress reports with donors and keep with themselves too for doing better in the future.

Parents get their HIV-positive children from slums, hospitals, and even children from Uman and the child welfare ministry to him. But, it is tough to keep every child at their place also; they can only give space and living but not love and affection. Thus, he convinced around 2000 HIV AIDS children relatives to keep their children with them. Mahesh Foundation counsels the relatives and even gives financial help for the betterment of the child. Also, especially visit their house to keep a regular check on the child.

HIV AIDS Education and further plans!

The people who did not support them at first became donors now. Also, Mahesh has been providing HIV AIDS education to children from the very start. Also, he and his team give campaigns and sessions in schools and colleges on HIV AIDS. They offer training and counseling about self first-aid and how to keep themselves and others safe from the spread of HIV.

Also, he is opening a hostel for 100 girls that will be provided free of cost. Here HIV AIDS positive girls can come and stay. The hostel will be starting within two months from now. Mahesh is also making a charitable hospital free of cost for everyone with any disease, including HIV AIDS. His main motive is to provide education on AIDS and sex education to the youth of India. His message to the people is to step forward in doing good for others and social initiatives for society.

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Mahesh Jadhav

Founder

Founder's Story

In 2010 a mother on a death bed in a government hospital, Belagavi, mentioned to Mahesh that her 4-year child was HIV Positive. Mahesh was surprised and pained to know that some children born to HIV positive parents can also be HIV positive by birth. After a few days, the mother died in the hospital. The Child's relatives and friends abandoned the child in the hospital. The child had nowhere to go. Immediately, Mahesh got in touch with the government care home to admit the child, but the admission to the child was refused. On the orders of the District Commissioner, the child was admitted into the government care home. Within a week of admission to the government care home, the child was sick and admitted to the government hospital in critical condition. The doctors had lost all hopes in the recovery of the child. Mahesh requested the hospital to permit him to take the sick child home for a few days. At home, within a week the child recovered. Mahesh did not have the permission to keep the child home hence after the child recovered, Mahesh wanted to readmit the child in the government care home. The child refused to go back and profusely requested Mahesh and his family to live with their family. The family agreed to keep the child in their care.

In a few months when the number of children increased, there was no adequate space in the family home. This made the Foundation to move the children from the family home to rented accommodation. Once again, these girls and boys continued to face discriminated in the neighborhood. The children were confined to the indoors of the care home. They could not come on the street to play. The neighbors constantly complained and physically threatened Mahesh to move the care home from their neighborhood. Discrimination and non-acceptance of these children at school and the neighborhood was a growing concern for the Foundation. This was impacting on the children's physical, mental and general wellbeing of the children. The Foundation's several representations to the government to provide accommodation to these children went unanswered. The foundation did not have the necessary resources to buy land/buildings for the care home.

After several years of unsuccessful attempts, in 2015, Mahesh's family decided to donate their only family home to the Foundation. With the help of several generous corporate donors and individuals, a care home and a primary school were established in 2018. There are over 100 children housed and educated in this new facility. This facility is adequate for care home and primary school. The school also caters to underprivileged children from the slums around the town of Belagavi.

Pioneering Efforts

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Care Home

A safe, hygienic and caring home for medically challenged children to live life with dignity. children are provided with proper healthcare, nutrition and education.

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Education

“UTKARSHA” A school for medically challenged and under privileged children. The school provides a learning environment that is free from discrimination

Our Founder with Sagar Nagar Slum Community to Discussion about our upcoming programsa

Outreach & advocacy

Reach HIV positive men and women and provide them with access to healthcare and assistance to access various government programs and schemes.

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Community Support

The focus of this program is the social upliftment of communities living under tremendous poverty and empowering them to live independently with dignity.

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The Foundation is empowering and enriching the lives of medically challenged and the underprivileged children. “CARE HOME, NUTRITION, HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION”

21 hours ago

As we all know #schools have started and children are back to the school. Also, we have started our #preparation of providing school kits to underprivileged #children studying in the government schools. In this #Academic year, we aim to reach 11000 underprivileged children. And we are happy that we are able to #manufacture quality school bags in Mahesh Foundation's Aadhar #livelihood Center. This initiative #Benefits two beneficiaries as it helps needy children to continue their #education and also creates livelihood #opportunities for economically backward #women.#MaheshFoundation #socialwork #providing #GovernmentSchool #schoolbag #initiative #helpinghands #underprivileged #schoolkit #wecareforuncared #Belagavi #karnataka #india ... See MoreSee Less
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22 hours ago

Mahesh Foundation pays tribute to our mentor Late. Shri. Suresh Hundre on his 9th Death Anniversary. In the past 14 years of our journey, we have #accomplished our mission and embodied our dream of a dignified life to the children and #needy people. Also, we have completed our dream of a separate shelter for medically challenged girls. We have started #construction of 100-Charitable #hospital to render healthcare services to needy people. We intend to build a #skill center for underprivileged girls and women that would make them skillful and self-sustained. This has been possible because of the #support and guidance of Late. Shri. Suresh Hundre Sir who guided us in all possible ways in the initial stages of Mahesh Foundation. We are proud of our #achievements but in the same way we are #unfortunate too to lose him very early. Today, on his death anniversary, we Mahesh Foundation commemorate his contribution to the #development of the #organization.#MaheshFoundation #charitable #healthcare #underprivileged #children #NeedyPeople #wecareforuncared #Belagavi #karnataka #india ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

#youth #social responsibility involves #developing a sense of commitment to the #community. From this commitment, youths are then able to engage in activities such as solving certain societal issues, caring for the #homeless and needy. I addressed the #students of BCA department of Gogte College, Belagavi during their academic visit to Mahesh Foundation. Interacted with students and brought awareness about HIV/AIDS.The students were overjoyed to learn about Mahesh Foundation and enthusiastically interacted with us.#MaheshFoundation #wecareforuncared #socialwork #motivation #children #thoughts #responsibility #eveningvibes #facebookpost #trending #Belagavi #karnataka #india ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

'You'th have the power to turn the tearful #world, into cheerful one by helping someone in need. I interacted with the youth #studying in BCA department of Gogte College in a #session. A total of 100 #students from Department of BCA, Gogte College, Belagavi visited Mahesh Foundation as a part of their academic visit. They were overjoyed to see the facilities and education provided to the #children. Raised awareness on #social Responsibilities of Youth and HIV/AIDS. Students interacted and conveyed their thoughts on Social Responsibilities. Motivated students to join social #Activities and do something for #society.#MaheshFoundation #socialwork #visit #movitation #Academic #Facilities #wecareforuncared #Belagavi #karnataka #india ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

We are happy to #announce that we have started Daily #feeding Program for underprivileged children and their #families. Under this initiative, we ensure daily food essentials for single orphans as well as #underprivileged children. Today, we have started this #program and identified 800 economically backward children's families to #provide these ration kits. This will encourage the children to continue their #education as the lack of #nutrition is becoming a major reason for drop out. With the right nutrition, we help these families to live up to their #potential. We are proud to associate with Zomato India who joined hands with us in this program. Also, some other #organizations have come forward to support this #initiative.#MaheshFoundation #socialwork #happy #rationkits #zomatoindia #helpinghands #support #NeedyPeople #food #wecareforuncared #Belagavi #karnataka #india ... See MoreSee Less
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