Savalee is a home for homeless, financially weak, and orphaned children. Savalee in Marathi, means shade or shelter. True to its name, Savalee has stood as the shelter for several destitute children, irrespective of their religion or caste.
Savalee is part of Sankalp Pratishthan, Ahmednagar, registered in 2001 under Social Act of 1860/Regd.Mah/551 and Mumbai Public Trust Law of 1950 F6426. Board of Control for Orphanages, Maharashtra, has issued a non-aided registration certificate in the name of Savalee Balsadan. Savalee is located at Link Road, Bhushan Nagar, Kedgaon, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - 414 005 (6 km from Ahmednagar Bus Stand and 3 km from Ahmednagar Railway Station).
The western end of Ahmednagar District is where Bhandardara Dam has been built in the Sahyadris. There are nine tribal villages in the back of Bhandardara Dam. These include Mutkhel, Ratanwadi, Sambarat, Panjare, Dhaytewadi, Ghatghar, etc. This region has been declared as Ratangad Abhayaranya (Sanctuary). The villages are situated on hill-slope, surrounded by ranges of Sahyadri. The climate is extreme in all seasons - rains, winter, and summer. Extreme climatic conditions, lack of natural resources, illiteracy, and lack of development plans have affected the livelihood of tribes badly. Undernourishment and addiction are dominant problems of the entire population living in these tribal villages. Huge need of resources and development plan was identified by the Sankalp Pratishthan of Ahmednagar.
The volunteers of Sankalp Pratishthan (Savalee) started with need-based remedies and support activities, such as taking patients to nearby city hospitals, distributing food items and clothes, persuading villagers to quit addiction, etc. identifying further need of sustainable aid programme and development plan, Savalee Research Project was launched.
Work Done By Savalee
Volunteers of Sankalp Pratishthan (Savalee) have been working in this region since last five years. Serious patients from villages are taken to government hospital in Nashik, which is nearest city place from here. Arrangements are made for their treatment, medicines, and food. Considering loss of lives due to unavailability of medical aid, Savalee proposed free clinics in these villages. With enthusiastic support from villagers and generous people, free clinic was started in one of the villages.
Around 1,400 children between age of 0 to 6 years were surveyed by Savalee. Out of these, some 684 children were found to be average/medium/highly malnourished. Food items and nutritional intakes were distributed among these children.
Similarly, around 135 elderly villagers, and around 450 women were identified as undernourished. Free meals were organised by Savalee for these needy people in villages like Mutkhel.
Elderly villagers are most affected by extreme climatic conditions in this tribal area. Savalee distributed around 1,500 blankets to old people in every family.
Plans And Requirements
While support work by Savalee will continue on need-basis, a sustained resource and development plan is strongly called for. Savalee has identified certain areas that need immediate attention.
1. Nutritious Food Supply:
2. Medical Aid:
3. Water Supply:
Water scarcity is one of the biggest hindrances against development of this region. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 feet long pipeline is required for each village. Some 200 pipes of 3 inches size at the rate of Rs.424 each are required for this project. Piping cost comes to Rs.84,800 per village, excluding labour and other charges. As a model, this can be done for Mutkhel village first. It will benefit 1,400 villagers living here.
4. Counselling Centers:
Villagers, young and old, men and women, need to be counselled and guided upon healthy and hygienic living. Workshops against addiction are highly required here.
5. Educational Support:
Although need-basis support activities are being carried out by groups like Savalee, it is strongly recommended that sustainable development plans should be made for upbringing of these often-neglected regions of our state. Also, huge support to groups like Savalee, is expected from community and developed societies around this area.
Contact for supporting the cause:
Mr. Nitesh Bansode
Savalee Balsadan by Sankalp Pratishthan,
Link Road, Bhushan Nagar,
Maharashtra, India - 414 005