"Snehalaya gave me ambition. I’ve always been grateful for that and I would do anything for this organisation that gave me a childhood. I’m really happy that as soon as I graduated I was able to find a place working here."
Mahesh first came to our children’s shelter home when he was in 4th standard, admitted by his parents who were unable to look after him - his father was on a disability pension from the army and his mother was very ill.
He stayed at our home until he reached 11th standard when he signed up for an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) course which would give him practical skills to find a job and support himself through his 12th standard and university. Completing the course, he started work as a lathe turner and took over responsibility for looking after his mother while also studying towards a four-year degree in agricultural technology at Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (MPKV) university in Rahuri.
Having qualified and wishing to give something back to the organisation that helped him when his family was unable to, Mahesh returned to Snehalaya in 2016. Initially employed as Project Manager of our Agricultural Training Center, he has since helped set up and run various vocational training and agriculture projects and also taken on responsibility for the over 18-year-old boys living at our GKN Center. He is now project manager for our latest initiative, Family-Based Care working with government stakeholders and international partners.