The Government of India, Ministry of Women and Child Development selects 3 individuals from all the states and union territories every year for their exceptional work towards Child Welfare. This year, Mahesh Jadhav, founder of Mahesh Foundation Belagavi has been bestowed with this honour.
Mahesh started Mahesh Foundation when he was just 21. Mahesh Foundation has been working for one of the most neglected and stigmatised part of our society, the People Living with HIV (PLHIV). His first act was to provide shelter to HIV+ orphans. In fact, the first few children that he supported lived in his own home because he was not getting a place to open a care home in 2010. Since those early days, Mahesh has striven to provide dignity and livelihood to people infected or affected with HIV. Today Mahesh Foundation has many projects that benefit the bottom of society in so many ways.
Some of his projects include, Care Home for HIV+ orphans, providing livelihood to women from economically backward families, support to two slums for energy needs, healthcare and educational support to nearly 4000 children in and around Belagavi. They have conducted programs that have impacted over 30000 people.
Mahesh Foundation’s work has been recognised many institutions and individuals. One of the prominent awards it has received is from Karnataka State Government for their work in Child Welfare in 2014.
The latest award is a testimony to the selfless service of Mahesh Jadhav and a matter of pride for Belagavi people as one of their own has been thus honoured. Mahesh attributes his service to the support given by his family and the people of Belagavi.
Mahesh will receive this award from Honorable President of India on 14th November at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The Award includes a citation and Rs 1.00 Lakh.