Snehajyot Divyang Seva Pratishthan is formed by Shri Aroon Walavalkar, Smt. Sudha Wagh & Mr. Milind Tendulkar with the guidance of Shri Vishnu (Dada) Patwardhan who has devoted his life to the social, cultural & educational development of the society.
The founder Shri Aroon Walavalkar was in service with Larsen & Toubro Ltd for 36 years and retired in the year 2002 as the In-charge of Larsen & Toubro Service Training Centre, Bangalore. In the year 1990, under the able leadership of Walavalkar, L&T Service Training centre, Bangalore made its mark in the industry. Training is his passion from the beginning. After his retirement, he was closely associated with the rehabilitation process of the physically challenged community which was initiated by Mrs. Sudha Wagh. In the year 2021, he thought of forming a trust on the 1st Death anniversary of his beloved wife Late (Smt) Snehalata Walavalkar who had contributed selflessly not only to her family but also to the social responsibilities in many ways.
He along with Smt. Sudha Wagh and a number of volunteers took an oath to work for the rehabilitation of physically challenged people under that trust.
Smt. Sudha Wagh has been working restlessly on the rehabilitation of physically challenged people for more than 35 years. She was 16 years old when she noticed one physically challenged girl travelling by wheelchair on the train. Young Sudha was surprised & motivated to see & then eventually know that her struggle of being handicapped didn’t make her sad. In fact, when young Sudha became her friend, she was fascinated by her life living spirit. Since then she made up her mind to devote her life for the rehabilitation of physically challenged community.
This quote of Steve Jobs aptly sums up the personality of our dedicated Sudhatai Wagh.
In the year 1989, Shri Vishnu (Dada) Patwardhan, founder of the well-known, Asmita Trust rightly identified Smt. Sudha Wagh as Centre Head of M. H. Chogale centre rehabitation centre for handicapped, Borivali. It was a great challenge for her to work as there was no proper road, water, electricity and transport facility also. But she accepted the challenge and started functioning in a planned manner. Her sincerity, hard work and concern for Divyang people has brought this M.H.Chogale centre to a new height and today it is a pride of Asmita for its great social contribution.
Now, Smt. Sudha Wagh has joint hands with Shri Aroon Walavalkar along with a number of volunteers with a view to establish one more shelter for Divyang people and bring more & more Divyang under an umbrella of Snehajyot Divyang Seva Pratishthan by keeping broad objectives in mind.
She has been honoured a number of times for her extraordinary work in the social field. Some of them are Sanjeevani World School, the Inner wheel club of Borivali, Samata Mahila Mandal. She was awarded with the ‘Seva Ratna Samman’ by Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal (Sanskar Bharati) Kanpur & ‘The most inspiring lady of the year 2022’ by Atharva Foundation.
Mr. Milind Tendulkar is another pillar of Snehajyot. He was in the Bank’s service for 34 years and retired as Branch Manager, Bank of Baroda, Amboli branch (Mumbai) in January 2015. He along with his wife, Mrs Namita Tendulkar has decided to devote their post-retirement life to making their contribution to rehabilitating the physically challenged people.
Ms Aparna Kaikini, retired principal of the Primary Section of Shailendra Education Society, Dahisar has always been a backbone & mentor of Ms. Sudha Wagh in her journey. Snehajyot is heading towards its aim under the strong presidency of Kaikini bai.