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The Indian entity of Lend-A-Hand-India was incorporated in 2005. It is governed by Board of Directors and the Advisory Board.

Mr. Milind Mane, based in Pune leads the organization along with other board members. The Advisory Board acts as a think tank and helps the organization in all respects to achieve its goals.

Milind Mane is one of the leading Senior Business Associates of the Life Insurance Corporation of India. He holds a Masters Degree in Statistics and an MBA. He is active in training and educational activities in the insurance industry in India.


Officers & Staff
Sunanda Mane
, Co-founder & President
Sunanda, co-founder and the force behind Lend-A-Hand India, has been working in the development sector for more than a decade. She has held positions as State Director, Program Director, and Consultant in national and international organizations such as CARE, Society for Service to Voluntary Agencies, Management Resources Inc., UNDP, and the World Bank. Sunanda is also a member of the Executive Committee of the New York-based Maharashtra Foundation and has traveled extensively in India and South and Central Asia. She divides her time between the New York and India offices.

Yeshodhara Bhalerao, Director Training & Development
Yeshodhara has over two decades of experience of working in banking industry in India. Besides, she has worked as researcher, consultant at YASHADA, apex state level training institution and as visiting faculty at business schools. Her areas of specialization are Banking, Financial Accounting, Marketing and Behavioral Science. Yeshodhara is a passionate trainer. In her free time she is involved with use of creative arts in primary education. Yeshodhara is MBA in Marketing from Institute of Management Development and Research, Pune and a Law graduate from University of Pune.

Kaustubh Devale, Consultant - Programs
Kaustubh, after acquiring his Master's in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Economics and Politics, Pune has been working as a development consultant and facilitator for over a decade in India. Kaustubh has worked on diverse assignments involving monitoring and evaluation, social audit, organization reviews, and emergency relief for public and private sector organizations as well as for international agencies such as World Bank, DFID, FAO, and ArbeiterWohlfhart, Germany, across the eight states in India and in Nepal. Kaustubh is also actively involved in campaigns for 'eliminate draught' and 'making democracy work'.

Prabhakar Patil, Program Officer
Prabhakar started his association with the non-profit sector from his days as a student. He has over fifteen years of experience working with youth development programs. His area of training and expertise is communication, publishing and publicity. He coordinates and monitors Project Swadheen, under which aptitude testing and career counseling activities are conducted in six villages. Approximately 600 high school students undergo this program every year and Prabhakar has been coordinating this project since its inception in 2005. Prabhakar is a qualified art teacher with a diploma in Commercial Art and BA (sociology) from Pune University.

Ritaa Shetiya, Project Officer
Ritaa has multifaceted background and experience. Ritaa has over five years of hands on experience in community mobilization, youth movement, and teaching Economics and Computer Science. Before joining LAHI, Ritaa taught Economics at under-grad level. Ritaa is passionate about rural development and youth, in particular. She herself acts as a role model for them. Ritaa is a graduate in Economics and recently submitted her thesis on Socio-economic study of Special Economic Zones and awaiting its acceptance. Graphic design, Yoga, Calligraphy are her additional skills. Rita has also worked as Awareness Ambassador for Tata Jagriti Yatra, a youth mobilization movement in India.

Amruta Prakash, Research and Documentation
Amruta is a graduate of Political Science from Pune University, India and a graduate in Development Studies from University of east Anglia, UK. For the past five years Amruta has worked as Research and Documentation officer for non-profit organizations working in the area of rural development and gender. Amruta has also worked as trainer, facilitator with great skills in acting, direction and script writing. With a strong family background in non-profit sector, Amruta wants to contribute to public sector development in India.

Gaurav Gaikwad Associate - Special Projects
Gaurav completed his bachelor's degree in Commerce from Pune University and after working on short term assignments in event management and marketing has joined Lend-A-Hand India. Gaurav assists in implementing special initiatives such as Computers in schools, Question Box, Eco-friendly Water Heater etc.

Javed Mujawar, Program Assistant (India)
Javed joined Lend-A-Hand India after working for over two years in the private sector. He holds a bachelor's degree in humanities and technology, logistics are his areas of liking. Javed is a link between different LAHI portfolios.

Affiliates, as a decentralization policy, are developed as extension centers to facilitate the spread of Lend-A-Hand India's program and to support development of local expertise and local participation. Besides financial support, the affiliates are supported through ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, and manpower development.
Dr. Ankush Talekar
Founder President, Swadheen Social Welfare Association, Kem (SSWAK)
Dr. Talekar, after practicing medicine for over two decades has now decided to dedicate to establish Swadheen Social Welfare Association at Kem, Near Solapur, India. Lend-A-Hand India is actively involved in developing SSWAK as a Regional Resource and Demonstration Center for promoting job and life skills program. The center is developed on a hector of land and is equipped with four trainers and other related facilities.

Tushar Ranjankar
Founder, Alfa Byte Computers, Indapur
Tushar is a social entrepreneur from the beginning. For the past fifteen years he has been conducting computer training with a difference. He has also established a science laboratory which offers opportunity to students from over twenty neighboring villages to visit and conduct experiments in science as the schools lack laboratory facilities. Lend-A-Hand India supports the 'earn and learn', aptitude and career counseling, and awareness program aimed at pre-selection of schools at Alfa Byte.

Advisory Board

Ashish Chauhan
Deputy CEO, Bombay Stock Exchange

Sucheta Dalal
Business Journalist and Writer

Ajay Desai
SVP, Head- Agri Business, Rural and Social Banking, YES Bank Ltd.

Vinod Haritwal
Founder and CEO, AayurMed Biotech Pvt Ltd.

Arun Korati
Investment Manager, Unit Trust of India

Milind Mane
Development Officer, Life Insurance Corporation of India

Reports for Lend-A-Hand India (India)

Registration under Charities Act
Registration under Society's Act
80-G Tax Exemption Certificate
12A Registration

Financial Reports
Audited Financial Report 2008-09
Audited Financial Report 2007-08
Audited Financial Report 2006-07

Annual Reports
Update 2006-08



Fifteen year old Sheetal wants to become a teacher after she graduates from the vocational training program. She already has a place in a school as an instructor and is looking forward to earning her first wage packet.

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