Vanarai was established by Padma Vibhushan Dr. Mohan Dharia in the year 1982. After achieving considerable success, it was registered under the Charitable Trust Act in 1986. Over the past 30 years, Vanarai has spread it’s ambit to all parts of Maharashtra and now is recognised as a noteworthy voluntary organisation at the State and National levels due to its significant achievements in the society.
Various initiatives were taken up by Vanarai in more than 250 villages with the chief objective of making them self-reliant through people’s participation. We conduct trainings, motivation and awareness camps to encourage locals to assist in the development of their villages. A major activity of Vanarai involves transforming wasteland into productive, fertile land. Over the years, tree plantation drives are conducted in various villages and have also encouraged farmers and other voluntary organisations to take up the green initiative.
Watershed management activities and construction of Vanarai Bunds (low cost technique using empty cement bags) are carried out regularly resulting in water self-sufficient, tanker-free villages.
Health management and sanitation is also one of the developmental pillars of Vanarai. We conduct awareness camps; construct individual toilets and separate toilet blocks for girl students in the schools. The dropout rate of adolescent girls from schools has substantially decreased.
We undertake health camps, trainings and awareness programs in every village we work. The training programmes are conducted in Vanarai Training Centres at different locations. Skill development has been our prime objective. With these trainings and health camps we aim at the betterment of the socio-economic position of the beneficiaries.
These activities at the grassroots level leads to our goal of self-reliant villages. So far, more than 250 families have shifted from urban slums back to their native villages.
Vanarai believes in shaping young minds and this idea gave birth to the ‘Eco Club’. The club involves school students for various environment-friendly activities. It strives to create awareness about environment conservation, waste management, water conservation and tree plantation. Activities like bottle gardening, best out of waste, essay competitions and drawing competitions help children to express their ideas and to understand the importance of taking care of their surroundings. Today, Eco Clubs have successfully spread to thousands of schools. This year we look forward that these schools spearhead this audacious, but achievable dream project of plastic free society.
We undertake Motivational Training and Awareness Programs in the Areas of Operation. The Training is mainly in the Fields of Modern Agricultural Technology, Afforestation, Water Management, Women Employment, Skill development, Sanitation, Animal Husbandry. The impact of this training is helping to build the socio economic condition of villages.
These activities at the grassroots level leads to our goal of making villages self-reliant via Shramdan (Peoples Participation). So far, more than 250 families have shifted from urban slums back to their native villages.
Vanarai publishes a monthly magazine devoted to specific subjects in the field of environment, sustainability and rural development and also has its International Standard Certification. The magazine has received many prestigious awards on national and international platforms .A Special Issue is published annually and is widely acknowledged by policy-makers, academics, scientists, and village communities as a value addition to Indian environmental research and literature.