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Our Story and Team

We have grown substantially with the same vision of uplifting underprivileged

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Our Selfless Journey
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Mahesh Foundation is an organization that has been tirelessly working for the past 16 years to uplift HIV-positive and underprivileged children. At Mahesh Foundation, our primary goal has always been to enable these children to lead independent and dignified lives. We firmly believe every child deserves a chance at a brighter future, regardless of their circumstances.

Over the past 16 years, our Foundation's Care Home has significantly impacted the lives of numerous children. Through our comprehensive program, we provide these children with shelter, nutrition, healthcare, and education. To date, we have directly benefited over 4,200 children through our Care Home, providing them with a safe and supportive space to grow and thrive. 

Furthermore, our Community Support program has positively influenced the lives of 81,000 socially disadvantaged families affected by HIV. In addition to our direct impact, Mahesh Foundation is committed to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. We have reached out to 900,000 school and college students, educating them about the disease and promoting understanding and empathy. We have supported the education of 38,000 underprivileged children, empowering them through knowledge and skills to break the cycle of poverty.

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.

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.

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Our Strategies

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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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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Mentors & Inspirations

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

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
Head, Fundraising Initiatives
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Suresh Dhale
Incharge, Child Care Initiative
Iranna Swami
Head, Impact Assessment & Documentary
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Shridhar Chikhalkar
Head, Branding & Promotions
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Sahil Mulla
Head, CSR & New Programs
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Suraj Malai
Head, School & Community Program
Basavraj Mallapur
Head, Board Secretariat
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Maruti Metageri
Head, Admin & Maintenance
Samuel Gudoji
Incharge, CSR Partnerships
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Manoj Khannukar
Head, Accounts & Audit
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Rani Lohar
Incharge, HR & Social Media
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