Our 20Kids need a Superhero.Be their Superhero, be their Rescue Ranger

Ashok Deshmane was born in the Parbhani district of Marathwada. Like many in the country, he grew up facing poverty, hunger and destitution. But he did not let that dampen his spirit. He got himself an education, a job, changed the course of his life and today he harbours an undying desire to help others in need.

With this spirit, he started his NGO, Snehwan in December, 2015. As a part of it, he decided to adopt kids from Marathwada belonging to families in which the farmers have committed suicides. Some of these kids are also from families who are in debt and are having a hard time providing for themselves. The ongoing drought has only worsened their plight.

He has identified 20 such kids between the ages of eight and fifteen from various districts of the region and will provide accommodation to them at a donated apartment in Bhosari area of Pune. He is raising funds on Milaap to ensure that they get an education and all their needs are met. “If you want the next generation of farmers to do something substantial in the near future, it is necessary to educate them. And just basic education is not enough. Teaching them various subjects like computer science, music, dance, painting, etc is needed. It is required that children are taught according to their talents,” says the 26-year-old who has completed his Masters in Computer Science.

So passionate is Ashok that he carries out his NGO activities in the day while doing his software engineering job at night. “I am hugely inspired by the social work of Baba Amte, Dr Prakash Amte and Sindhutai Sapkal.” The Pune resident plans on adopting more kids in future and take care of them till they can support themselves.



This year drought has taken a disastrous form in many states of our country. Sadly Marathwada is emerging as farmer’s suicide capital of India. The loss of a family member is a brutal blast to the near and dear ones of the victim. At such times children belonging to such families become the most vulnerable of the lot. These kids are exposed to many threats and dangers like child labour, child trafficking, sexual abuse, extreme poverty, physical and mental abuse and homelessness. Snehwan, the solo initiative of Ashok Deshmane who has been in the theatre of this tragedy, aims to be the provider and nurturer of children of drought affected farmers. 
Simple Act of giving small amount can actually make you their Superhero, their Rescue Ranger.

Six month Budget Of One Child At Snehwan
Sr.No.         Particulars Of Budget                          Expenses in Rs.
01                Grocery                                                  5700/-
02                Cooking Gas, Vegetables, Milk etc     3300/-
03                Cereals & Pulses                                   1740/-
04                Honorarium of Staff                             5400/-
05                School Fees Expenses                          4500/-
06                Office Expenses                                    1950/-
07                Transport                                               2874/-
08                Office Rent                                             3000/-
09                Phone Mobile Expenses                      300/-
10                Medical Expenses                                 1200/-
11                Clothes                                                      300/-
12                Miscellaneous Expenses                      1200/-
           
      Total Expenditure = 31464 x 20kids = 629280


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15th May 2017
Dear Supporters,

I am Radhika Aggarwal, a Fellow with Milaap. I am delighted to share this update with you.

One afternoon, I visited the wonderful Snehwan family.
This is unfair, Radhika Ji. You should have had lunch with us. Now you must spend your day here and have dinner with us,” said Ashok, welcoming me like a family member.

As I waited for the kids to arrive from school, in the meantime, I met Ashok’s parents and his wife, Archana. Talking about his quick marriage ceremony, he mentioned about the culture of dowry in his village – the bride’s parents are expected to offer large amounts of money to the groom.
I refused to abide by this culture. I told Archana that I have 17 kids. If she can bestow a mother’s love on them, there is nothing more I’d want,” said Ashok.

Bags hanged, books well placed in the locker, the kids headed for lunch. Shying away, hiding behind giggles, pushing each other, the high-spirited bunch finally circled in the room where I sat and introduced themselves one by one. When the ‘I want to become’ part of the introduction arrived, most of the voices aspired to be an IPS officer, an Army officer or a pilot.

I sat in admiration as the kids harmoniously sang a prayer ‘itni shakti humein dena daata’

Outside of academics, Ashok encouraged the kids to excel in activities like art and singing. For this, Ashok pays a music teacher to teach tabla, harmonium and classical singing to a few kids. An art teacher also visits them once a week. Additionally, computers have been set up for kids on which they practice typing in Marathi language.

Book and movie day – Sunday!
During our time, we used to read a lot. With advancements made in technology, kids nowadays are losing on reading habits,” said Ashok who has made ‘reading a book’ compulsory for every kid on Sundays, after which they all sit together to watch a movie.

Furthermore, the kids are made to participate in public speaking every day to boost their confidence. Encircled by other kids, a kid has to stand and speak on any topic of his choice for a minute.
Outside their house, kids of Snehwan playing football.

L-R Laxman, Samyak and Sandeep. The big smiling face in the middle is Tanmay, a notorious child who lives in the neighborhood.

I was amused to watch the kids dancing to one of the most famous songs of Maharashtra ‘Jhingat’

Snehwan kids swaying to the rhythm of ‘Jhingat’ song

Gazing at the camera, the kids, along with Archana, enjoyed watching their pictures. Sitting beside me are Ashok’s kind-hearted parents.

For making my day extraordinary, the least I could is to treat the cheerful bunch with their favorite food item – Vada Pav!

Snehwan kids with Ashok and his wife, Archana

Ashok and his family have extended a heartfelt thank you to all you donors for your love and support. Your contribution fills the hearts of these boys with joy and makes them believe in their dreams.

In a small house accommodating 17 kids, managing their increasing expenses, especially the cost incurred at the time of unexpected medical urgency, lack of financial support continues to be a struggle for the Snehwan family.  It will be a big help if you can share this campaign in your network of friends and family. A little help from your end can provide a safe and healthy future to these kids!


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