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Dhadak Mohim 2018

The news of the onset of monsoon every year is invariably accompanied by news of increased infant deaths in Melghat. The pathos of the tragedy hits us when we read the statistics but gets lost in the hectic pace of our own lives.  At this very critical juncture, the group of volunteers at “Maitri” is intensely busy planning the Dhadak Mohim at Melghat and the phones start ringing to find out more about this initiative.

This year from 20th July to 30th September, 2018 Maitri’s volunteers will launch, yet again, its annual Dhadak Mohim initiative. We will be working with Korku people in 10 remote villages of Melghat from Chikaldhara block. In 2018 our volunteers are determined to achieve their mission of not allowing a single infant death to occur in the three monsoon months. Our plan is to enlist the help of 10 groups of volunteers with 10 volunteers in each group totaling to a total of 110 volunteers. Our target this year is to also involve as many local Melghat youth as possible in this initiative to work alongside the Maitri volunteers.

It is truly unfortunate that in a developed state like Maharashtra, 65 years after independence, we continue to witness infants and children deaths in Melghat caused by lack of primary healthcare to treat common everyday ailments. While the Government is certainly accountable for solutions, we as responsible citizens of the state can certainly contribute our mite towards alleviating the tragedy. Efficient Government processes augmented by alert and timely volunteering could significantly avert infant deaths and reduce infant mortality in a big way. Health education with a mission to reduce infant mortality is the mantra for our Dhadak Mohim.

We invite you to the Maitri Dhadak Mohim volunteering opportunity. We will collaborate with the village people, protect them from communicable diseases and put brakes on malnutrition and infant deaths.

You could provide invaluable support by helping us in many different ways:

Just your good wishes alone would also go a long way in encouraging and helping us go further....

Contact: Maitri Office (02025450882/ 8605914086), Rameshwar Phad (9404103706), Dr. Abhijit Kasture (9970547016),  Raju Kendre (7066136624),  Rushi Andhalkar (9423788541)

For Online Registration and more details, visit the blog Blog - Dhadak Mohim 2018 for more details 


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'Maitri' Annual Program & 'Indradhanu 2018' Publication

शनिवार १४ जुलै २०१८ या दिवशी  'मैत्री' चा वार्षिक कार्यक्रम सुंदर रितीने संपन्न झाला.  एस. जोशी सभागृह, नवी पेठ, पुणे या ठिकाणी सायंकाळी ६ वाजता कार्यक्रमासा सुरुवात झाली.

या वर्षी या कार्यक्रमाकरता बाहेरील मान्यवर आमंत्रित नव्हते.
मैत्रीचीच अनिल शिदोरे, मुकुंद केळकर, शिरिष जोशी, अशोक धिकार, काळू बेठेकर, ओंकार भोपळे ई. मंडळी व्यासपीठावर विराजमान होती.
अनिल शिदोरे यांनी मैत्रीची गेली २१ वर्षे कशी गेली आणि पुढे काय काय करायचे आहे या संदर्भाने आपले म्हणणे मांडले आणि एकंदरित कार्यक्रमाचे सुत्र संचालनही केले.

मैत्रीचे अ-नियतकालीक इंद्रधनूचे प्रकाशन ही यावेळेस करण्यात आले. Indradhanu Jul 2018  या दुव्यावर ते पाहता येईल. 

मुकुंद केळकरांनी रक्तदान नेत्रदान आणि पावसाच्या पाण्याला जमिनीत मुरवणे ह्या तीन गोष्टी काळाची गरज बनल्या आहेत आणि त्या संदर्भात प्रत्येकाने आपापल्या पातळीवर कार्य करणे गरजेचे आहे असे प्रतिपादन केले.

जयुताईंनी आभार प्रदर्शन केले आणि नेहेमी प्रमाणे माधवी केळकर हिने सुरेल आवाजात गायलेल्या पसायदानाने कार्यक्रमाची सांगता झाली.


Maitri Shala - Science & Maths

In January 2018, Maitri conducted 3 day workshop of 'Science with Fun' in Melghat. Some of the glimpses of this fun are available on

We concluded the workshop by doing planning for a Yearlong project of 'Teaching Science to Ashramshala children with help of volunteers'.

The main objective of this project is

  • To encourage the local children of Melghat towards education, particularly science and maths. To make these subjects more fun and less fearful for them.
  • To raise the curiosity and interest of children by teaching them through practical experiments and real life examples.

Ashram School at Jarida village of Melghat has been selected for this. The project outline is somewhat like this

  • Every month a batch of volunteers (4-5 in number) will go to Melghat and stay in this Ashramshala.
  • 5th and 6th standard students of this school will participate.
  • The volunteers will teach science topics throgh experiments. 
  • The children will perform the experiments themselves.
  • They will be given some worksheets to srenthen the theory behind these experiments.
  • Thus it will be learning sccience concepts by 'doing first and then understanding'. 
  • The school teachers will also be involved so that they can solve the queries in absence of volunteers. 
  • Yearlong program (2/3 days per month) will assure continuity of learning.

The pilot batch for this project was conducted from 15th-16th March 2018. It was a team led by an active Maitri volunteer Omkar Bhopale (Aeronautical Engineer), along with 3 other volunteers, Shatakshi Gawade (Journalist), Rahul Sakhare (Electronics Engineer) and Apoorva Safai (Biomedical Engineer). The details can be seen in

We need young enthusiastic volunteers for this project who can get associated with Melghat tribal children. Every month at least 4 volunteers are required. Please contact Omkar Bhopale (98233 03065) for more details. We will shortly annouce the yearly schedule for you.

The yearly schedule for the program is as below. Book your days and be part of a wonderful experience.

Jul 2018 - 18 to 21                      Aug 2018 - 8 to 11                           Sep 2018 - 5 to 8

Oct 2018 - 3 to 6                        Nov 2018 - 28 to 1                           Dec 2018 - 26 to 29

Jan 2019 - 25 to 28                     Feb 2019 - before MahaShivratri          Mar 2019 - before Holi

Be A Change Maker. Be Maitri Volunteer.

Runathon of Hope - Half marathon by Rotary Club Nigdi

For past two years, young boys and girls from Melghat are coming to Pune to participate in 'Runathon of Hope', (half marathon) conducted by Rotary Club, Nigdi. "Maitri" a Pune based voluntary organization which works in Melghat is coordinating with these boys and girls.
We feel happy to share that few of them achieved good ranks in the Runathon last year. Two of them also got jobs in Forest Department due to their running skill.
This year 14 boys and girls are coming to Pune to particiate in the runathon in February 2018. Like every year, Tata Motors is making arrangements for their stay, diet, training and practice. However their travel, purchase of tracksuits & shoes is going to cost Rs 5500/- per person. Maitri needs to raise funds for this cause from sports loving friends like you.
We request you to extend some help towards this cause. We would be grateful to you if you can circulate this among your circles.