Current Activities

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.

Presentation : “The Rule of Law: Social change and wildlife conservation in Melghat”

“The Rule of Law: Social change and wildlife conservation in Melghat”

One of Maitri’s volunteers, Daniel J. Read, is a PhD candidate in the University of Georgia and the topic of his research looks at social justice and wildlife conservation. Dan has carried out most of his research in the forests of Melghat and Tadoba. This research included interviews and discussions with local people.

Dan will be sharing his findings on above topic with us. His presentation will be followed by discussions.

Well known scientist and ecologist Dr. Madhav Gadgil is going to chair this presentation.

All interested are cordially invited. 

Event : 11thh Dec 2017 (Monday) 6 to 8 pm.

Venue : Indradhanushya Hall, Opposite Sachin Tendular Jogging Track, Anant Kanhere Path, Near Mhatre Brige, Pune 411030



Anand Melava (Diwali Vacation Camp)- Melghat

For past 3 years we are conducting "आनंद मेळावा" i.e. Diwali Vacation camp in Melghat. Nearly 150-200 children from 10 villages between 6 to 11 age group participate in this. Shool children from Pune/Mumbai, their parents and some teachers go to Melghat as volunteers to conduct this camp.

This yearr, the camp is from 24th to 28th October and volunteers will start on 22nd night from Pune to go to Melghat.

"Learing should be a fun and also enlighten life" - Under this principle, we conduct many parallel and supporting activities with ZP school children of Melghat. This Diwali Vacation camp is one of such activities. It consists of various art & craft activities (drawing, painiting, origami), educational games, songs, short plays, pappet shows, simple experiments in science, collage work, outdoor games and many more....

The camp is conducted at two places at a time for 4 to 5 days. The day starts at 9 with breafast with children followed by some educational games then creating art session followed by lunch, drama/ plays, songs and ends at 5 on ground. Last day, we decorate the camp place with various artfacts made by children during camp.

Many friends and well wisher provide food grains, money, donations in kind for this workshop. Every year it get imense energy and encouragement from this camp. Would you like to experience it? Come to Melghat after this Diwali.

Newpaper Collection Drive 1 st Oct 2017

Maitri raises funds for all programs from people through various ways. ‘रद्दीतून सद्दी’ i.e. ‘Fund Raising through Old News Paper’ is one of such fund-raising activity by which anyone can participate and contribute. Maitri has raised more than 20 L through old newspaper in past 12 years.

We had a big drive of Newspaper collection on 2nd Oct 2016 in which we had approached around 110 housing societies in Pune. The appeal was to donate household Newspaper collection for a month to Maitri. We collected it on 2nd Oct and raised approximately 2.5 L by selling it.Hear more details from Maharashtra Darpan News Channel

Few societies showed interest to donate Raddi every month. As of now 15 societies are contributing regularly every month in this activity.

Like last year we are going to do Raddi Collection on 1st Oct Sunday as Melghat Fund Raising activity. Last year we approached nearly 110 housing societies. We have started communication with those again. We need volunteers for this activity at various locations? Would you like to become a volunteer?

Do you want to start Raddi Collection in your housing society?

Dhadak Mohim 2017

Dhadak Mohim in 2017 started from 22nd Jul.

  • 24 students from Javaharlal Nehru Engineering College Aurangabad did excellent work.
  • Primary survey of 11 villages, Household survey, Mapping of villages, Maintaining Register of all households, Classification of children in SAM/MAM, classifying women into ANC/PNC are the various tasks in first batch.
  • second batch contains 12 students and 5 full time local workers. They did home visits, meeting every child between 0-6 age group and pregnent women in the villages.
  • Lot of students had registered for 3rd batch but very few went actually. So we had to send them to only one camp site. Along with regular Dhadak Mohim job, these volunteers activated the e-learning quipments in schools which were given by Government. They also taught the teachers some basic things about how to use them. Well done guys and girls !!
  • The next two batches have lot of registrations and we hope they all will go.

"Dhadak Mohim is a life time experience for us" - this is the first sentence we hear from Dhadak Mohim volunteer.

Remote villages in Melghat, volunteers coming from many odd places all over Maharashtra, the green and calm nature....

Working with people who have different culture, who speak different language, who have different beliefs than yours.....

Visiting each household, giving medicines, doing councelling and so many things which one has never done before....

One can write many lines on these 7 days but when you experience it yourself then only you will get the real insight. So be part of it by joining as volunteer for this year. Read out for more details.