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Our Story and Team

We have grown a substantially with the same vision of uplifting underprivileged

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Our Selfless Journey
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Mahesh Foundation came into existence in the year 2008. It is a safe shelter home Ashakiran for HIV-infected children between the age group of 6-18 years. Mahesh Foundation was started when the founder Mahesh Jadhav met a 4-year-old boy in a government hospital in Belagavi. The care home has now sheltered 101 children and reached 2200+ beneficiaries over the years. Ashakiran functions under the Juvenile Justice Act (JJ Act) & the beneficiaries are sanctioned by the Child Welfare Committee. 

Apart from the care home, Mahesh Foundation runs a school Utkarsha Learning Center for HIV-infected, slum & underprivileged children providing skill-based education. The Aadhar Vidya Program supports the education of needy children. To date, supported over 24000+ children. Mahesh Foundation extends healthcare services to 42000+ Individuals living with HIV in rural areas. Many children who were admitted to the care home were counting the days but now they are living a healthy, independent and dignified life. Since its inception, Mahesh Foundation has been maintaining zero mortality. 

Mahesh Foundation also supports the livelihood of the underprivileged women who lost their sole breadwinner or are unfortunate to get their backing from them. The program was started in 2014 and since then supported 1500+ needy women. 

Mahesh Foundation is registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act and is eligible for legal status. In addition, Mahesh Foundation is eligible for the tax benefits under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. It is also registered under the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) to receive donations from foreign sources implying the great financial stability of the organization. 

The founder Mahesh Jadhav was honored with the National Award for Child Welfare by the Government of India. The organization has received ISO 9001:2015 from the Indian Standards Organization. The organization is recognized as the FIT institution by the Government of Karnataka in 2014.

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Our Prime Concern

The children whom we are supporting, usually come from the poorest of the poor sections of the society living in the slums and rural. These underprivileged children have no access to basic needs such as running water, toilets and electricity. And HIV-infected children mainly come from rural areas and are orphans as well as abandoned by their relatives. They face stigma and discrimination in society for their HIV status. 

The main profession of the parents is rag-picking, petty sales and begging. These underprivileged children are discriminated and are not accepted in mainstream schools. Children who should be in school at this tender age are left on the streets to play, while their parents are off to work.

Our Mission

To enable medically challenged and underprivileged children to live an independent and dignified life.

Our Vision

To realize a world without the Stigma & Discrimination attached to HIV/AIDS & empowering Children afflicted with this disease.


Our values are Drive, Passion, Integrity, Teamwork & working with Transparency
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Our Strategies
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Managing Committee

Mahesh Foundation leadership collective comprising of Regional and Functional Directors who provide strategic direction to organizational objectives.

Mahesh Jadhav
President and Managing Director
Girish Naganur
Strategy and Fundraising
Ranjan Rai
Programs & Administration
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Maheshwar Hampiholi
Finance and Human Resources
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Board Of Advisory

Mahesh Foundation wisdom collective which shares a firm belief in the value of public trust and holds children’s interests above all else.

Ramchandra Rao
Former Executive Chairman of Indo Schottle
Alok Shetty
Shivaraj Kumar
Vicky Roy
International Photographer
Raj Bolmal
Chartered Accountant
Arvind Kapadia
Ramnath Dixit
Retd. Banker
Anil Kavalekar
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Our Team​​

One of Mahesh Foundation’s biggest strengths is its people, who ensure they strive to fulfill the organization’s mission and vision while upholding its values.

Chetan Bhosale
Head, Operations
Karthik Deshpande
Content Writing and Documentation
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Suresh Dhale
Child Care Initiative
Iranna Swami
Videography and Documentary
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Shridhar Chikhalkar
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Sahil Mulla
Program Team
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Suraj Malai
School & Community Program
Basavraj Mallapur
Admin & Maintenance
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