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Support the living expenses of a poor orphan child by Snehalaya

Needs more donors to continue operations

Support the living expenses of a poor orphan child


Every monthly donation helps provide care to orphan kids like Sweety

Sweety was orphaned when her mother passed away. A good Samaritan handed her over to Snehalaya at the tender age of six. Sweety was well looked after in the Sneha Balgruha and provided free clothing, shelter, medications, toiletries education, extra-curricular activities facilities

On realizing her aptitude for sports, she was encouraged to participate in various competitive sports including martial arts tournaments. She currently studies in the 7th standard. She is a fierce girl and likes to blaze her own trail in uncharted waters. She desires to do something different and thereby honor her Snehalaya family.

With guidance, she will succeed in achieving her ambitions and will grow into a responsible citizen in spite of being an orphan with a dark past


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You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month

About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
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Program Description

The children of Sneha Balgruha are orphans and some are semi-orphans mostly with mothers who are sex-workers. While a majority of the children are from Maharashtra, Sneha Balgruha's doors are always open to needy children from all over the country.

The children are well looked after and provided free food, clothing, shelter, medications, toiletries education, and extra-curricular activities facilities to ensure that they grow up in a normal environment. The children are social pariahs with nowhere to turn to for help, hope and for life itself. Sneha Balgruha is dedicated to such deprived people especially from the low-income group, regardless of their caste, creed, religion, language, region, sex, age.

In Sneha Balgruha, these children flourish and mature into responsible citizens in spite of being orphaned or born in social stigma conditions. Donate to this program to support poor children a childhood they deserve.

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About The NGO

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Snehalaya means 'Home of Love', and was founded to provide support for women, children and LGBT communities, who have been affected by HIV and AIDS, trafficking, sexual violence, and poverty.In India, 93 women are raped every day. It is estimated that 135,000 children are trafficked every year. Over 120,000 women a year will suffer domestic violence. There are 2.1 million people living with HIV, and an estimated 130,000 people die of AIDS each year.

At Snehalaya they believe that grassroots outreach and education is the key to drastically reducing these figures.Their mission is to provide rescue, rights and rehabilitative services to the communities in most need and to offer a safe exit point to women and their children trapped in the crippling cycle of poverty and abuse.

Thus they aspire to develop the awareness and capabilities of individuals who have been deprived of their fundamental rights as a result of the inequalities that exist in our society. They provide services to over 15,000 beneficiaries and are a strong and passionate family, united in the belief that no one should stand alone.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Anil Arjun Gawade

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

HIV/AIDS | children

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work


Snehalaya has

enrolled 2000 slum students in community centres and after-school classes

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2016: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

2017: Nari Sakti Puraskar

2017: International ARC Awards 2015

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Program Updates

Program Updates

19 November, 2019

The happiness amidst hardships


The happiness amidst hardships

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

We enjoyed a great start to the year with our Republic Day celebration with all beneficiaries and staff. In February volunteers from China celebrated Chinese New Year with us by helping us make dumplings which we ate with chopsticks. Our 10th and 12th standard students faced their SSC and HSC exams and we have everything crossed for their success and are currently coaching them on their further education and career options. Around 10 of our girls are now Malala peer mentors advocating for equality in education and helped plan and lead a camp to recruit 9th standard girls from local schools to join their peer mentor network.

Story from the field

One of our most gregarious beneficiaries is Babu who has been winning hearts at our Rehabilitation Center ever since he arrived into our care in 2010 as an eight month old orphan. He’s become a real character and is almost always the first up to dance at our celebrations so it’s really easy to forget sometimes that he’s actually deaf. He dances to the vibrations of the music he can feel and is quite a mover! In fact, he won a small dance competition we held recently based on his moving non-stop as the music played.

Although we’re really missing his cheeky face and antics we’re really happy to report that he was e rolled in specialised local school for deaf children a few years ago. The good news is that he returns home for the holidays to catch up with his Snehalaya family regularly. we are really grateful and moved to see a whole new world opening up to him as he learns sign language and his first words.

We went to visit him shortly after he was admitted to the school and the difference made within such a short space of time. We were so happy to see how he is finding his voice – it’s amazing the impact seeing someone doing something as simple as counting to ten can have. You can see for yourself the improvements he has made at the school, by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvXCH5vh2gA

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 100
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 93
Village/City/State where project is located Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 2000000
Total Expenses for the project YTD 1818568

23 May, 2019


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Ganpati (Ganesh) Festival is a big deal at Maharashtra, especially in Snehalaya with our beneficiaries throwing themselves into rangoli, fancy dress, cooking and art competitions. The children working in our vocational Earth Studio were busy ahead of the festival making Ganesh idols that proved so popular they sold out immiediately. All of our children gathered at sunset each day of the ten-day festival as aarti was performed. The celebrations culminated in dancing followed by a fond farewell and the ritual submersion of the elephant god. In August, 4 UK teachers visited our English medium school to share their experience and knowledge with our teaching staff. They then generously fundraised to allow four of our teachers to visit them in the UK to see how they are put into practice. This has already resulted in improved classroom management and academic performance. Our talented children swept the board in several categories at a local talent competition winning Rs 11,000 in cash. We are always impressed by their confidence on the stage so weren’t surprised when they took first prizes for dance, speeches, singing and drama.

Story from the field

Our Educate. Empower. Lead. campaign with Malala Fund engaged with girls aged 13-17 at risk or the victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), to inspire them to stand up for their rights to their own education. We also empowered them to challenge the barriers to equality in education and gave them the dais to advocate for it with key influencers and decision makers.

Another way we empowered them is through developing them as peer mentors to deliver our workshops and presentations.

One of them, Asha is a strong and confident 16-year-old who enjoys playing cricket, reading and studying geography and has the ambitions of becoming a police officer. She and her brother have been living at our shelter home since 2009 when her father died, and their illiterate mother was no longer able to offer them a safe home and education. Asha is determined to break the cycle of poverty she was born into by succeeding in her own future, saying: “The staff and children here are very supportive and encouraging in making sure I get the best education. My mother wants me to return home and start working to help support her, but I know I need to stay here to achieve my ambition of becoming an IPS officer.”

She adds: “I am really enjoying taking part in the campaign. I get to visit new places and enjoy working alongside the Malala staff team and I feel like I have an equal responsibility to make the campaign a success. At first, I was nervous about speaking in front of large crowds, but I am now very confident, especially after girls have come up to me to thank me for sharing my presentation.

“I am proud to be standing with Snehalaya and Malala to help improve girls’ education and empower girls by explaining their rights and giving them inspiration to do the same. Before this campaign I saw boys as being above girls but by telling other people about gender equality I have begun to believe in myself and can see we are equal.”

What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 150
Village/City/State where project is located Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 9500000
Total Expenses for the project YTD 4500000

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