Founder Mr. Mahesh Jadhav found a 4-year-old boy who was on deathbed. He was pained to see the condition of the child and with the doctors’ permission, he took the child to his home, and with proper care, the child recovered soon. The child refused to go to a government care home and started living with Mahesh’s family.
Milestones of our Journey
Together we've made it so far...
Past 12 Years We have come so far and all this would just be a dream if you wouldn’t lend your hand to us. It’s our unshakeable belief that Mahesh Foundation will achieve its mission to up bring many lives through a selfless effort and continuous movement which covers four key thematic areas namely Health, Nutrition, Education and Economic Development. Our aim is to ensure that the children affected with the HIV Stigma be able to lead a dignified life. In every intervention, we come across inspiring supporters who strengthen us to do the best We could ever do.
Here’s a look at some of the marks we imprinted with your support.
Mahesh Foundation became a registered NGO. Initially, the care home started functioning in the founder’s house. Completing all the necessary paperwork and procedures Mahesh Foundation became eligible to adopt the children. The Mahesh Foundation decided to adopt HIV infected children who are orphans or abandoned by their relatives. Mahesh Jadhav's got Mahesh Foundation registered under Karnataka societies registration act.
Mahesh Foundation started adopting the children and the first child was enrolled to care home. Within a few months, the number of children arose from 1 to 55. The founder and his family took care of the children at their expenses. following this, many individuals joined hands with Mahesh Foundation.
All About Belgaum, a local media from Belgaum honoured the founder of Mahesh Foundation as “Person of the Year” in 2011 for leading the Mahesh Foundation team in all possible ways to serve society even better day by day.
For more than 50 children, the care home became small and there was a need for a larger space. Hence, it was shifted from the founder’s house to a rented house in Ramteerth Nagar. Because of the stigma attached to HIV, many people refused to give house for rent but after struggling for a long time, we finally shifted to a rented house
Mahesh Foundation experienced an inhuman incident that happened with the children. For being HIV positive, the children were thrown out of the class by the teacher. This became national news and the teacher was suspended for her shameful act and the children were readmitted to the school.
The Foundation has provided access to housing and solar lighting to those families who send their children to school. The parents have been actively counseled and encouraged to send their children to school who otherwise will be left begging on the streets.
Mahesh Foundation is associated with Miracle Foundation, a non-profit supporting the underprivileged children around the world. Miracle Foundation has been supporting capacity building and children care for the past 7 years.
To provide healthcare support to the HIV infected people dwelling in the rural areas, Mahesh Foundation started Gokak Care and Support Center. To date, the Mahesh Foundation has reached over thousands of HIV infected people and provided them healthcare services at their doorstep.
Every year, the Government of Karnataka recognizes the services of individuals and institutions that contribute to the welfare of deprived children of society. In the year 2014, the government recognized Mahesh Foundation and honoured the state award in Child Welfare.
The work of Mahesh Foundation started spreading everywhere and many institutions started recognizing the selfless service through the years. Tata Trust honoured Mahesh Jadhav with the award Desh Ka Namak.
Mahesh Foundation started the Aadhar Vidya Program to ensure the educational rights of the underprivileged children. Mahesh Foundation has supported over 8000 children. Most of the children have completed their education and are in different professions.
A livelihood program Aadhar Mahila Udyog was started by Mahesh Foundation to create a livelihood for the underprivileged. This program has directly and positively impacted the lives of over 1500 families. Mahesh Foundation trains women to become skillful.
Mahesh Foundation was recognized as a FIT institution by the Government of Karnataka. Then Mahesh Foundation was functioning in a small space yet successfully got this recognition after a long discussion in the Karnataka Assembly
Construction of new premises was started in Kanabargi. After unsuccessful attempts to procure land for construction of a care home and school. Finally, the founder and his family donated their ancestral property as a charity for the construction. The construction took more than 2 years to complete.
The founder Mr. Mahesh Jadhav got an opportunity to speak on the INK platform. He presented the condition of HIV people and the stigma they face in society. He spoke about his journey and how he started the Mahesh Foundation. It was a golden opportunity to present his thoughts to the global community.
The Government of India recognized the selfless services of the Mahesh Foundation towards society’s vulnerable communities and honored the foundation with the highest and prestigious national award for Child Welfare in 2017
Many state awards such as Public Hero, Asamanya Kannadiga, Hemmeya Kannadiga awards were presented to the founder for leading Mahesh Foundation towards the betterment of underprivileged children
Mahesh foundation started a school called Utkarsha Learning Center for the HIV infected and slum children. Utkarsha Learning Center has been providing free education to more than 100 children. Utkarsha teaches children with practical illustrations.
TedX, a grassroots initiative to bring unusual personalities to global audiences. Mr. Mahesh Jadhav honored to share his experience and thoughts on the stigma attached to HIV. How to love, nurture and give them the best life they deserve, owning them like a family.
Children home was shifted to the new hostel with all the facilities that children need. This care home has separate accommodation for boys and girls. It ensures safe accommodation, nutrition, education, and healthcare to HIV infected children as well as the same amount of love and affection.
Deccan Herald an English Daily recognized the service and mission of the foundation in the last decade. They awarded the founder among the 20 Changemakers in 2020 to look upon. Deccan Herald has provided a platform to know the work of the Mahesh Foundation in national and international reader’s communities.
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