Help Snehwan Educate 25 children of Drought Affected Farmers | Milaap
This is a supporting campaign. Contributions made to this campaign will go towards the main campaign.
This campaign has stopped and can no longer accept donations.

Help Snehwan Educate 25 children of Drought Affected Farmers

Ashok Deshmane was born in the Parbhani district of Marathwada. He grew up facing poverty and hunger. 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.

Ashok says, “I have studied software engineering and was working in an IT software firm in Pune. I was getting constant updates about the drought in my village and the increasing number of suicides among farmers. I then began to donate 10 per cent of my monthly income to help the farmers,”

He was constantly worried about people back home and went back to see that the children roamed the streets, starving and unaware of anything that was out in the world. “When I was in Pune around in 2014, I gave free tuitions to children from the slums around where I lived. However, those kids had to move away and I felt I could have done much more for them,” Deshmane said.

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.  "I felt if I had the will I would find the way. I began working night shifts, and for 8 months I continued to work towards setting up this shelter. A friend of mine gave away his old house of 4 rooms for the children to live in, and I got Snehwan registered. However, the night shifts began affecting my health.” So by August 2016, he quit his full-time job and dedicated himself to give quality education to the children.

He has identified 25 such kids from various districts of Maharashtra and provides accomodation to them at a donated apartment in Bhosari area of Pune. “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 29-year-old who has completed his Masters in Computer Science.

Deshmane got married in November 2016, and his wife Archana was more than happy to know about his cause and contribute to it. She cooks meals regularly for the one large family they have and is like a mother to them.
“My kids call my parents ‘Ajji’ and ‘Ajoba’, meaning grandmother and grandfather in Marathi. My father, in fact, teaches the students how to play tabla,” Deshmane said.




Deshmane and his wife are now looking to increase the size of their family by bringing in more and more children to their little haven near Pune. “But for that, we are also looking for a land around that is affordable and has a larger place to shelter more and more kids by the year. Having seen the same poverty they have, I want them to learn more and most of all, become better human beings.”

Your support will help bring light to many more children of draught affected farmers who are deprived of a better future because of lack of education. 
Ask for an update
11th September 2019
Dear Supporters,

We are glad to inform you all that Snehwan's story was published in the newspaper. Here are some of the photos.

Thank you.







Dear Supporters,

We are glad to inform you all that Snehwan's story was published in the newspaper. Here are some of the photos.

Thank you.







29th August 2019
Dear Supporters,

Following are the photos from Snehwan. We are collecting funds for the computer digital lab and dining hall where the kids can sit and have food.






And also, we celebrated Raksha Bandhan at Snehwan.



Thank you for all your support.

Regards,
Ashok
Dear Supporters,

Following are the photos from Snehwan. We are collecting funds for the computer digital lab and dining hall where the kids can sit and have food.






And also, we celebrated Raksha Bandhan at Snehwan.



Thank you for all your support.

Regards,
Ashok
19th July 2019
Dear Well Wisher,

Greetings from Snehwan.
Hope you all are doing good. Sorry to connecting with you after long time. We have completed the construction work and shifted at new premises.
This is the pic of our new premises.


Snehwan founded 4 years ago with 18 kids, continues to grow to this date. This year we moved one step forward and Snehwan taken responsibility of 80 children, among them 50 children live in Snehwan with us, study and grow together near Alandi at Wadgao Ghenand. The other 30 girls and boys live with their families and collect trash, but their educational needs are taken care of by Snehwan.


We have started the construction of Goushala- Cow shed. It will help us to provide the more healthy milk to children. Also we are planning to teach them dairy farming and all.


Here we have made Small leek pond which help to water conservation and also we are planing to teach organic farming to children.


And here we have, one side the river Bhama with the backing of the green hills in between our Snehwan. Thank you so much all for your kind support and blessings in this journey of Snehwan. Please plan to visit Snehwan once. Keep Supporting. Lots of love from Snehwan children.


Regards,
Ashok Deshmane 

Founder Snehwan
www.snehwan.in
Dear Well Wisher,

Greetings from Snehwan.
Hope you all are doing good. Sorry to connecting with you after long time. We have completed the construction work and shifted at new premises.
This is the pic of our new premises.


Snehwan founded 4 years ago with 18 kids, continues to grow to this date. This year we moved one step forward and Snehwan taken responsibility of 80 children, among them 50 children live in Snehwan with us, study and grow together near Alandi at Wadgao Ghenand. The other 30 girls and boys live with their families and collect trash, but their educational needs are taken care of by Snehwan.


We have started the construction of Goushala- Cow shed. It will help us to provide the more healthy milk to children. Also we are planning to teach them dairy farming and all.


Here we have made Small leek pond which help to water conservation and also we are planing to teach organic farming to children.


And here we have, one side the river Bhama with the backing of the green hills in between our Snehwan. Thank you so much all for your kind support and blessings in this journey of Snehwan. Please plan to visit Snehwan once. Keep Supporting. Lots of love from Snehwan children.


Regards,
Ashok Deshmane 

Founder Snehwan
www.snehwan.in
Content Disclaimer: The facts and opinions, expressed in this fundraiser page are those of the campaign organiser or users, and not Milaap.
Rs.5,000 raised

Goal: Rs.20,000

Beneficiary: Ashok Deshmane info_outline

Supporters (3)

A
Anonymous donated $50

You are doing great work. God bless you both

A
Anonymous donated Rs.500
A
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000