Sponsor the living expenses of women in a shelter home by Shraddhanand Mahilashram

Sponsor the living expenses of women in a shelter home


Found abandoned on Mumbai roads, Sonam is now a medical professional

Sonam was found by the police abandoned and wandering on the roads when she was 6 years old. All attempts to find her parents were in vain and so, they registered her with the Juvenile Welfare Board.

Upon the advice of the Juvenile Welfare Board, they enrolled her in the Bal Gruha run by the Shraddhanand Mahilashram.

Sonam grew up in the Bal Gruha with other children like herself. She was given the love and care that she deserved.

She grew up as an Ashramkanya, as the girls who live in the shelter home are lovingly called. She grew up under the care of qualified social workers who nurtured her. They looked after her educational and emotional needs.

Sonam was a lovely and quiet girl. She completed her Higher Secondary from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey College. When she turned 18, as she had no place to go, she moved to the Shraddhanand Mahilashram's Aadhar Gruha.

She was always fascinated by nurses. She used to observe well dressed nurses in the hospital in her childhood. When it was time to pick a career, she expressed her willingness to become a nurse.

She applied to the General Nursing Midwifery course in J.K. Somayya Hospital. She cleared her entrance exam, interview and a medical fitness test and got selected to the three and a half year nursing course.

After completing the course, she did a six-month internship in K.G. Somayya Hospital in Mumbai. They were so happy with her hard work and skill as a nurse that she got offered a job as a staff nurse in the same hospital.

Sonam got married by accepting a proposal that she received through the ashram. The couple is now blessed with a child.

Sonam is continuing to work. She went on to become the department in charge in the NICU Department and then a senior staff.

Many abandoned girls like Sonam who would have grown up on the streets with no future are now happy and contributing members of the society.

Your help can make many more abandoned girls like Sonam find a safe shelter so they can make a life for themselves. You can donate to their living and medical expenses in the Aadhar Gruha. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


By donating to this program

you will be sponsoring the overall costs incurred to support the beneficiaries

About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Shelter Home
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Shraddhanand Mahilashram runs $B!F(BAadhar Gruha' - a shelter home for young girls and women from 19 to 40 years of age. They provide shelter, food, healthcare, education and overall development.

Shraddhanand Mahilashram runs a shelter home for 48 abandoned children. If after the children after 18 year of age are not yet adopted, they move to the Aadhar Gruha.

Girls between the age group of 19 till about 40 stay in Aadhar Gruha, the home for women of Shraddhanand Mahilashram in Matunga.

The home takes care of their health, basic needs and education of these girls. Regular health check ups are done for the women. The girls attend college or vocational courses based on their interests. They also learn handicrafts and other activities such as sewing. The products that they create are sold at exhibitions, and a part of the earnings is given to them as pocket money.

The social workers, nurse, attendants, and house mothers help and counsel them as required. They are also helped with marriage, if they wish, through the Ashram on receiving suitable proposals.

This program covers the cost of living expenses and healthcare of the girls and women who stay in the Aadhar Gruha homes. It also covers the staff salary which includes Social workers, nurse, attendants, house mothers, as well as electricity and telephone costs.

When you donate to this program, you help abandoned and destitute girls have a secure home to live as they work towards their future.

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About The NGO

Shraddhanand Mahilashram
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Shraddhanand Mahilashram

Shraddhanand Mahilashram started in the year 1927 in memory of Swami Shraddhanandji (Munshiram). Starting as a shelter for women, the now have an old age home in Vasai, the Bal Gruha in Matunga, as well as two hostels.

Their main programmes include an orphanage and an old age home.

The homes have been operational for decades and are run in a traditional set-up. They run a home for girls, as well as boys up to the age of 5, beyond which they are sent to boys' shelters.

The orphanage has separate sections for babies, young girls, and older girls who are attending college.

Shraddhanand Mahilashram is involved in their entire upbringing, school, college, and even marriage, in care the girls want to get married.

The old age home is in Vasai, and has both paying and non-paying beneficiaries.

Bal Gruha houses the smallest kids, Adhar Gruha houses the older girls and there is an old age home for women above 60.

Shraddhanand Mahilashram works with a vision to help create a world free of destitute women and children.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Sumitra Paradkar

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Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Old age home | elderly

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Location of Work
Location of Work


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Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

23 May, 2022

Empowering Women for Life


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

The shelter home for women above 18 years of age called the Adhargruh of Shraddhanand Mahilashram provides shelter, care and protection to women and also plays a vital role in rehabilitation of destitute and underprivileged women. At present there are 38 women in our Adhargruh. We take care of their basic needs, health and education. We have professional social workers, paramedical staff, specialised doctors, teachers, residential and non-residential staff to look after their education and emotional needs. From July 2021 to December 2021 various online and offline activities were conducted to enhance their skill and overall development.

Challenges faced and next steps

Based on the area of interest of women staying in this institute, they are sent to professional or vocational courses. Some attend regular colleges. We have in-house tailoring and embroidery classes. The products made by them are sold at exhibitions and part of the income is credited in the respective girl’s bank account. On receiving suitable marriage proposals many of them in accordance with their wishes are married through this institution and rehabilitated in mainstream society. In view of pandemic and consequent to lockdown, women are engaged in fruitful activities. Since last year sessions on covid -19 and its updates are shared with women and covid-related guidelines and protocols are strictly followed by the beneficiaries. In the coming months we are planning to implement many more activities for the less fortunate women.

Stories from the ground

Shraddhanand Mahilashram is an oasis of calm in a troubled world. An unwed mother approached this institution for shelter during the month of October 2021 because she was unable to take responsibility for the child born out of wedlock. Here, she was provided with safe shelter and after having done several counselling sessions with her, she decided to surrender her child for rehabilitation through adoption. The said woman is now living a well contented life. By sponsoring the living expenses of women staying in our home you make our efforts go even further!! Through your consistent support we act as a facilitator for women in confidence building, skill development and economic empowerment.

28 November, 2021

The Hindu Women's Welfare Society, Shraddhanand Mahilashram


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

The Shraddhanand Mahilashram has been a home for many young girls and women who need support due to non-nurturing home experiences.They are looked after by the House mothers and social workers. Besides giving them physical shelter, they are supported psychologically.If they wish to pursue their education, they are guided to take up vocational courses to enable them to be self-reliant. All the women are vaccinated with 1st dose of Covid-19.They participate in all the activities held in the ashram. Festivals, assembly, competitions. They are online classes for vocational courses too. The ashram has the provision of an Audiovisual room and Computer Lab to which they have an access to and they can undertake the classes. A few of the young women took up a fashion and styling course from November to January online from “stylelogue” who conducted it free for them.The girls who cleared the HSC exams were guided by Dist. Women & Child Development office to take up a course in handling medical emergencies. This course is free and 4 of our girls have enrolled for the same.Other young women took up an English speaking course of 3 months Sponsored by “Enguru”. The young women are counselled by the visiting psychologist. They are given choices to pursue their career choice or seek job placements.

Challenges faced and next steps

Due to the Pandemic year, many of them were restricted indoors but are now seeking employment outside. Of course, they are following the Covid-19 guidelines laid down by the Government. If they go out for a course or job they are made to stay in the Hostel building adjoining the ashram to avoid interaction with other ashram girls.

Stories from the ground

Ms Kiran was admitted to our Ashram on 07/06/2011 for education and rehabilitation. After formal education she completed B.Ed. successfully with the help of Ashram. She is currently undergoing military and police recruitment training at Shaurya Academy, Pune.

23 March, 2021

Rehabilitation of destitute and underprivileged women.


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For more than 9 decades Shraddhanand Mahilashram has provided shelter to tens thousands of destitute women. Women at Shraddhanand Mahilashram are given training in various skills to encourage economic self reliance through gainful employment. Many of them in accordance to their wish are married through the ashram and rehabilitated in mainstream society. Now, Since March 2020 in view of pandemic and consequent to government imposed lockdown women in shraddhanand mahilashram are engaged in various fruitful activities. They have also been attending online college lectures and other online trainings imparted by Ngos and expertise in topics like employability, fashion designing etc. Since last few months we have been conducting sessions on COVID-19 and its updates are shared with women and staff members. COVID related guidelines and protocols are strictly followed by the beneficiaries and staff of this institution.
To encourage all round development regular games, physical training, yoga etc are also imparted.   

5 August, 2020

Success breeds confidence.


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Success breeds confidence.

At Shraddhanand Mahilashram's shelter home currently, we have 50 women in the age of 18 to 35. We make sure to provide women with nutritious food in all meals like breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner which are served to the women. Apart from this their regular medical checkup is also done to keep a note of their health. We also arrange motivational activities for the women at our shelter, our BOSCH bridge course has provided them with a platform. Yoga Sessions and Annual Day function is a sucess with their particiaption every year.Women in the age of group of 18-35 are housed in separate dormitory. We have specialized staff of doctors, nurses and other professionals to ensure the overall well of the women staying in the institutions. Parallel to attending regular colleges, there is a computer lab where in they are trained for computer course. Apart from computer courses we give training in embroidery, craft, stitching, imitation jewellery making etc. Celebrated Women's Day, Celebrated Gudipadwa, Ongoing Tailoring and Embroidery class.

3 December, 2019

Women engaged in multiple activities


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Women engaged in multiple activities

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Conducted various competitions like dance, strait, song, rangoli etc. There were project presentation by the children an different topics. All festivals were celebrated. Children participated in Handball tournament held at Goa.
Ashram Kanyas also attended and took part in the camps organised by other NGO. A part from picnics and outings Study tour and excursions were arranged for younger as well as older group. Sessions on topics like Personality development, IQ, Disaster management, Gender sensitization were conducted. Outdoor Sports competition were also organised for kids and older ashram kanyas. Short term Mehendi and cooking courses were organised. Tailoring class has been started for kanyas who are interested in stitching and embroidery.
Every month birthdays are celebrated as a grand event collectively whose birth date falls on that particular month.

Story from the field

A 6 years old short girl with round face, short nose, and chubby , was admitted in Ashram through Juvenile Welfare Board. She was found abandoned by police. We tired to find out her parents but in vain. To educate her and to make her totally independent was our plan for case. She was a girl of average intelligence. She passed S.S.C. exam with average marks.She completed her H.S.C. from SNDT college. It was a time for her to decide about her career. She was fascinated by the nurse. She used to observe well dressed nurse in the hospital in her childhood. Therefore, she expressed her willingness to become a nurse. Social worker came across an advertisement for admission for General Nursing Midwifery course in J.K.Somayya Hospital. Her application was done admission. She got selected through interview and medical check. She completed her six months' internship in K.G.Somayya Hospital Mumbai. Immediately after completion of her internship. She was absorbed as a staff nurse in the same hospital.
She got married through Ashram. Since she started staying in distant place, she had to quit the job. She searched another job in the nearby area of her home. She worked in NICU Dept. as department in charge in one of the hospitals for 3 years. She worked as a senior staff for 1 year. She kept changing her jobs for her betterment. Presently she is working as a night supervisor at one of the well known hospital. She works for 10 hours. From 10.00 p.m. to 8.00 a.m. She did this work adjustment to look after her young child which she was blessed late in her life. She does part time job in blood bank during her leisure time. She has total experience of 14 yrs. in this field. Now she is trying to go abroad. Hopefully she will be successful in near future. We appreciate her hard working and struggling.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?67
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date67
Village/City/State where project is locatedMatunga
Total Budget for the project for FY18-191235000
Total Expenses for the project YTD1083179