Our story

Vardhishnu – is a not-for-profit organisation working to create spaces of learning and support to street children specially child waste picker and child labors..'If we want to real peace in the world, we should start educating our children', inspired by this quote of Mahatma Gandhi, Vardhishnu a not-for-profit organisaiton was initiated Our aim to work on specific child issues through empirical research & implementation based on its findings. by a group of young individuals.

Founder Executive Director - Adwait Dandwate

Adwait holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from University of Pune and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon. He has also successfully cleared Foundation and Executive Programme of CS (Company Secretaries), offered by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India He is a recipient of the fellowship from “Samajik Kritadnyata Nidhi” (SKN), Pune and ‘Janarth’, Aurangabad. He is a fellow of "Wipro Seeding Program for Educational CSOs". He is a change-maker at Global Action on Poverty& a Mentee of TFIx, an incubation program of Teach for India

Co-Founder General Secretary - Pranali Sisodiya

Pranali Sisodiya holds M.Sc. (Anthropology) from University of Pune and B.Sc (Biotechnology) from North Maharashtra University.Her area of study for dissertation paper while pursuing Masters was on ‘Cultural Transformation among Hardasi’. Hardasi is the sect which follows traditional sex working since British era. Pranali has also worked as Executive Team Member of Kumar Nirman, a joint initiative of NIRMAN, Gadhchiroli and MKCL Knowledge Foundation, Pune under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Abhay Bang and Mr. Vivek Savant. The aim of this programme is to sensitize school children towards society.

Our Advisors - Bhrigu Prashar

Bhrigu Prashar creates cause-based strategic alliances. In supporting high impact grassroots solutions to some of the toughest social problems facing South Asia, Bhrigu works at the intersection of social and business venture development, program development and management, media publishing and advertising, marketing, business strategy, and training and development. He advises and mentors numerous non-profits, social ventures, and high impact social enterprises in South Asia. As the founder of Educators Lab, Bhrigu works with unique and innovative social ventures in South Asia and international development organizations. Bhrigu is part of a US-based Ivy League research that is designing health and education related poverty alleviation solutions and is a UN representative at the Economic and Social Council at United Nations headquarters in New York. In the past, Bhrigu has worked with American Express, Wyndham, Hewitt Associates, South Asian Times, and CUNY, has been a contributor on the entrepreneurship channel of Forbes and is a member of NY-based South Asian Journalists Association. Bhrigu lives with his wife in New York State, USA.

Our Finance Advisors - Geeta Lele

A practicing chartered Accountant working with various Not-for-Progits to strengthen their Internal Control Accounting System from last 4 years. She strongly believes in "Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. - Lao Tzu" Diverse field experience in accounting sector from Statutory audit to forensic Audit.A proud NIRMANEE helping Vardhishnu for finances and other related compliance.

Our Program Co-Ordinator - Anita Salave

Anita started her job in Vardhishnu as an Educator. But later took the responsibility of Project Coordinator. She is mainly involve in coordinating with volunteers and other educator for the smooth functioning of community learning centers 'Anandghar'. Anita did her B.A. in Sociology from North Maharashtra University. Later she joined District Institute for Education and Training for D.Ed. Anita has a keen interest in reading and writing.