Help Paint 5 Tribal Schools in Rural Maharashtra

Dhargaon Village

Just about 3 hours from the booming metropolis of Mumbai, lies Dhargaon village in Igatpuri city. Home to a tribal, adivasi community, the spectacle couldn't be far more contrasting than that of Mumbai's--run-down and crumbling schools, lack of sanitation facilities, absence of clean drinking water, and limited electricity, amongst many other problems.

Yet the children we met on our very first visit brought us hope, and spending time with them quickly became the highlight of our visit.

At one of the schools, a teacher came up to us having helplessly given up on getting electricity or sanitation for her school and had only ONE REQUEST. New paint for her classroom and the school so that her kids can have a good environment to study.

It struck us close to heart.

Our Story

We immediately sought help from our online community to provide any support to help paint at least one school. The response was incredible. Within just a week, we were able to get all the necessary resources donated and the rest in monetary contributions to cover the majority of our expenses. And within two weeks, and a couple volunteers in tow, we repainted and transformed one of the schools.

We were left speechless by the reactions of both teachers, students and the community. If we could bring such energy and excitement around one school, we hope to bring about a similar transformation in all other schools in the area. A clean, safe, and vibrant environment is required to allow for the best of learning to happen in communities that are especially at risk of having dropouts. Dhargaon is one such community. Please do support us in providing the right environment for education.


Our fundraising target would cover 5 painting trips to Dhargaon, including all necessary resources (paint, primer, brushes, rollers, buckets, extenders) as well as food, and housing for our volunteers (4 per trip). Each painting trip will span 2 days.
*This is a full cost amount, under the asumption that none of the resources will be subsidized.


Anurag Ram Chandran and Nihal Ghosh first met in the 6th grade, when they were school students in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The following years seperated them, and took them all around the world-- from the United States and the United Kingdom to China and now India. Careers in foreign policy, and investment banking made up many of the years apart. They left the foreign lands simultaneously, unbeknownst to each other, before reuniting in India for a common purpose-- to bridge the urban-rural divide, and create tangible development opportunities in communities that need it the most.
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27th June 2018
Dear friends,

A quick update on the fundraiser front -- we have successfully painted two schools leading up to monsoon. Our next phase will continue right after the rains subside.

Until then, we have undertaken many other exciting projects in the villages. You can keep up-to-date with our work on Instagram @yuvaontheground. Once again, thank you for your immense generosity and support. it means the world to us.

Best regards,


23rd April 2018
Dearest Supporters,

I am happy to share that our most recent painting trip was a tremendous success. Over the course of two days and with the help of four volunteers, we painted another school in our beautiful colors. Please do check the below pictures.

Once again, I wish to reiterate that none of this would have been possible without your tremendous support, and the love shown to this campaign. We will keep you posted on our newest updates. I am also happy to share that the kind people at Milaap sent one of their employees on the trip with us-- to record and help promote our work. As a result, they will be enhancing our fundraising page shortly, and have opened up our deadline to allow for more donations. I would like to request you to share this campaign widely amongst your networks. As you can tell from the pictures, even the smallest contributions make a massive impact on the lives of these kids.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Anurag and Nihal

3rd April 2018
Dear Supporters,

We are conducting the first of our painting trips this upcoming weekend. As a result, I was hoping to have the trip completed to then have a more detailed update/response with pictures on our page. However, we needed to withdraw the funds to be able to afford to make the trip happen. Hence I am withdrawing the funds.

Thank you for your love and support.
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raised of Rs.436,832 goal

36 Supporters

Beneficiary: Dhargaon Village info_outline

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Supporters (36)

Adithya donated Rs.5,000
4 months ago

Really appreciate your efforts bro! Please let me know if I can help out in any other way. Would love to come and help you guys out on the ground if possible.

Anonymous donated US $1.60
5 months ago
Cyril donated Rs.2,000
5 months ago

All the best bro. Continue to do great things ahead.

Nidhi donated US $28.03
5 months ago

So proud of you guys! Hope you reach the target <3

Ameena donated Rs.5,000
5 months ago

Don't stop :)

Alphin donated US $10
5 months ago