Integrated Rural Development


On September 20, 1974, Padmabhushan Shri Karamshibhai J. Somaiya established the Girivanavasi Pragati Mandal (GVPM), a Public Charitable Trust to provide an integrated rural development model of education, health, agricultural development and economic self-reliance for the tribal communities of Dahanu and Talasari Talukas in Thane District, about 130 km from Mumbai. The campus was named Nareshwadi.

Over the years, a 48-bed eye and general hospital, an experimental farm based on organic agricultural practices and a goshala (a home for cows rescued from slaughter) were established to provide services and learning opportunities to the tribal communities of the vicinity, reaching more than 10,000 persons.

In 1991, Shri Karamshi Somaiya also set up the Girivanvasi Educational Trust (GVET) to manage the educational programmes at the Nareshwadi Learning Centre. The first batch of 4 students, all male, graduated grade 10 in 1994. Up until 2005-06, the passing percentage in the matriculation board exams did not go beyond 13 percent. With teacher training and improved teaching-learning methodologies, NLC has achieved a 100 % passing with more girls completing 10 years of schooling.


Nareshwadi Mission
Nareshwadi Learning Centre nourishes the physical, intellectual, emotional as well as spiritual development of each child by providing innovative education, caring home environment and fostering community involvement.

Nareshwadi believes that

  • Children’s education leads to the development of the community
  • Investing in education for girls leads to empowered women.
  • The children are the future.
  • Every child must be given a chance to follow her/his dreams.
  • The underprivileged have the same rights as the privileged.
  • Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development are an integral part of education.
  • All members of Team Nareshwadi along with the children, their families and communities should be involved in the improvement of child quality

Nareshwadi Today:
650 Children studying in our school
•350 Stay on Campus
•250 are tribal Children from the surrounding areas
•100 Children are either Orphans, from single-parent homes or rescued Children

Education, boarding lodging, sports, art, and extracurriculars is provided for all the children in the hostel. And for the 100 Children from underprivileged backgrounds, healthcare, medication, clothing, shoes and toiletries are also provided. 

All of this is free of cost for the children.

The children also excel in extracurriculars. They have reached state level in athletics, throw ball, Taekwondo. In 2018 in Langdi the children even won the Asian Championships held in Nepal.

The Nareshwadi campus, also has a Goshala where 150 cows who have been rescued from being sent to slaughterhouses are cared for.

Donate to us to help us further the dreams of Shri K. J. Somaiya, one of India’s most notable industrialists, who quit his successful sugar business at the pinnacle of success to give back to society until he was 96 years old.
A man who lived by the ideals of this Sanskrit shlok,

न त्वहं कामये राज्यं न स्वर्गं नापुनर्भवम् ।
कामये दुःखतप्तानां प्रणिनां आर्तिनाशनम् ॥

"I do not want Kingdom, nor heaven nor even escape from rebirth.
The only desire I cherish is the eradication of sorrows and suffering of all beings.
Let’s make his dream for a truly empowered India become a reality.

Support Nareshwadi in its journey of providing quality education for the children of the local tribal communities and other underprivileged children with no families. Partner with us for enhancing livelihood opportunities for tribal women and unemployed village youth. Support our effort in taking care of abandoned cows in our Goshala. 

Sponsor a child
Sponsor a child at Rs 12000/- per annum which covers the cost of education, vocational training, boarding and lodging, health care, sports development, training in music and other extracurricular activities etc.

Sponsor the training of an unemployed village youth
Sponsor the training of an unemployed village youth, female and male, at Rs 600/- per course of 4 months. Courses conducted in computers – hardware and software, plumbing, dressmaking, electrician, carpentry, beautician and Warli painting

Sponsor a tribal woman farmer for income generation and livelihood creation
Sponsor a tribal woman farmer for income generation and livelihood creation at Rs 2000/-per annum under our Village Improvement Programme. This includes vegetable cultivation, plantation of floriculture and horticulture crops, low cost drip irrigation and training workshops. Your sponsorship will curb migration and enable more children go to school.

Sponsor the caregiving for cows in Nareshwadi’s Goshala
Sponsor the caregiving for cows in Nareshwadi’s Goshala at Rs 300 per month

General donation
To make our work possible, you can make a general donation

You can even donate your time to us. Come volunteer with us.
Contact to find out more.

Girivanvasi Educational Trust
This trust is 80G registered which means you can get a 50% Tax benefit for your donation. Registration No. E-13449/BOM, 07/08/1991 under the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950. PAN No. is AAATG0305L