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ABOUT Snehalaya

Snehalaya, NGO came into force by Dr. Girish Kulkarni under the guidance of Padmashree Anna Hajare in the year 1989 at Ahmednagar. The aim was to fight against the social problems such as prostitution, child marriage, child labour, myths about HIV and many more.... With great support of volunteers they are achieving a huge success of settling nearly 20 to 22 thousand children in their lives which helped them to lead a healthy and safe life. The work is still going on and will go on till it reaches its peak, and help INDIA becoming a problem free country. The view of DR. Girish Kulkarni is appreciated by Government of India by honoring Snehalaya “Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh” national award by president of India, and “The real hero award” to Dr. Girish Kulkarni by Reliance Foundation.

Few years back youths from Belgaum attended the youth development camp organized by Snehalaya Ahmednagar under the guidance of Shri. Anna Hazare. These camps were organized for creating social awareness and patriotism in the mind of youths because youths are the future of country. In this camp the youths from Belgaum Mr. Naresh Patil, Mr. Uday Kalghatkar, & Deelip Sonekar got motivated in such a way that they formed a NGO namely SNEHALAYA, Belgaum to work for the distress and destitute. In this movement social workers of Belgaum Mr Y.B.Chogule, Mr.Dhanraj Kavilkar, Mr. Jayram Mutagekar, Mr. Salil Samant and Mr. Rameshwar Bhati, Premanand Gurav have joined the hands.

ABOUT Sparsh

With the keen interest of some social workers and parents, Snehalaya planned its first project to begin “Sparsh” a school for differently able children in and around Belgaum. With few parents showing interest of self involvement in this project, today the school is successfully functioning and many special children taking education in the school. The school totally runs on donations. Sparsh has taken the challenge to bring such children out of four walls and show them the real world, which is their right.

In Sparsh We

  • Help the child to become independent to carry its day -to -day activities.
  • Help the child to develop its potential and make it flow in the main stream of the society.
  • Train the child to earn its livelihood.
  • Motivate the child to become productive citizen of India.
  • Provide therapies like speech, occupational, vocational, music, physio therapy etc. Free to the children below poverty line.
  • Provide special education, educational material, uniform, medicines and other needs to poor children.


The second welfare project of the Snehalaya Belgaum is Goutam Bavdekar Rojgar Prashikshan Kendra for rehabilitation of the special children above age of 15 years. The project was started in the name of late Shri. Goutam Bawdekar to give him tribute for his contribution towards the society.

Our aim is to train the child earn its livelihood, because we know that there can’t be anything special for parents than seeing their child earning their livelihood on self.

Under this project, special children are trained in various fields like packing materials, painting, beading etc. During this period the perfection of child’s work is observed. The field in which the child has its perfection is tried to rehabilitate in same field.

At present 9 children are taking training in this project.


Appreciating the work of Snehalaya Belgaum, Ex.President Brig. Santosh Kurup and C.E.O. Neeraj Jain, cantonment Board, Belgaum has made a tie up with us to start a special school at Cantonment compound. This school was established in the month of October 2014 by the name CANTONMENT – SNEHALAYA center for differently abled children. Today there are 25 children in the center.


This initiative works for career guidance, inspiring youths for grass root work for social change, competitive exam guidance (for students below poverty line) etc. In this we organize camps for youths training on social issues.


  1. We have successfully able to bring out 9 children who have been kept at home for a long period without any schooling.
  2. We have achieved to socialize children to great extend. Now many of our children follow good manners.
  3. Acceptance of special child by the parent is the first step towards the development of the child. And our counseling plays an important role in building the confidence of parents. In last 3 years we have reached to more than 400 parents to give them a moral support.
  4. We have created stage courage in the mind of our children so that they can present themselves in many cultural meet without any fear.

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