How it started?
On a dark night, Santosh Garje, son of a cane-cutter from the drought-prone region of Beed, Maharashtra notorious for farmer suicides, lost his sister to domestic violence leaving her infant daughter as an orphan in Santosh’s care.
This crucible not only changed Santosh’s life but also of many children who would later address him ‘Baba’. He quit his dream of becoming a school teacher and at a young age of 18, began an institution called Sahara Anathalay Pariwar with a vow to provide a better future to those innocent children who had faced similar destinies to his niece.
Priti joins Sahara
Priti Thul, a middle class girl from Yavatmal district of Maharashtra got introduced to Santosh in one of the Youth festivals during her college days. After listening to Santosh’s story and his work she immediately fell in love with him and his work. Apart from the opposition from society Priti was determined enough to join Sahara family and extend her hands to help Santosh to work for children. In month of November 2011 both tied the knot and started their journey. Children from home got their mother.
Sahara In Rented Home
Sahara family was living happily with peace and harmony in their life fighting all the ups and downs in their journey. However, there were still few difficulties like no home of our own. Once, the landlord asked Santosh to vacate the home over nightly. Children had spent a night in Dharmashala with no food to eat. All family was shattered and the clouds of disappointment started to swallow peace and joy from life of these innocent children. Somehow family managed to find a new home but it was still a rented house, a house from where they can be kicked out anytime. Santosh started working hard to get children home of their own.
In 2011, three kind and generous personalities, people with love and affection in their heart for children, Mr. Harish Jakhete, Mr. Mahendra Jakhete and Mr. Sushil Pipada came forward and helped children to get a 3 acres land outside of Georai. This act of kindness has brought some relief but it was still a challenge to build a safe habitat for children. In 2014, owner of Next Furniture, Mr. Ranjit Kakkad stepped in and contributed in construction of first home for children. Also, Swaranadanwan an Orchestra of differently abled people from Anandwan performed in Aurangabad in charity show to raise funds to build this home. This place was later named Balgram. Children have now got home of their own, now no-one need to worry of spending a night out in the world without shelter.