With the support of likeminded people Aashraya Foundation was born as a registered charitable trust. We focus primarily in the field of education, rehabilitation of street women and children, protecting our precious environment and creating awareness about eye donation in Uttar Kannada district, Karnataka.
It’s an opportunity for children from socioeconomic background irrespective of caste, creed or religion to experience life as it is meant to be. We believe education helps to make a choice about their lives, develops personal relationships, which empowers them to work and achieve financial independence.
The foundation has identified four areas of core activities:
- To extend help and relief to the underprivileged, the poor, destitute and homeless women and children.
- To support various programs in the field of education, also runs Aashraya Foundation Children’s Home for such underprivileged children and providing them education and scholarship to such deserving school students and help them achieve their goals hoping they in turn help us to make the better world.
- To create awareness of eye donation in the Uttar Kannada District, Karnataka by setting up an Eye Collection Centre at ANKOLA.
- To create awareness and the importance of the nature & health by educating the rural mass at educational institutions, village panchayats & other village functions.
The man behind Aashraya is Mr. Rajeev Gaonkar, who formerly had a business of his own in Bangalore, decided to serve the needy by shifting his base to his hometown permanently in Hiregutti Village in Uttar Kannada District, Karnataka. He was also associated with a voluntary organization “Helping Hand” in Bangalore for last 14 years in serving the needy.
“I wish to take few minutes of yours to share with you the vision of making a small difference in the life of unprivileged section of the society, especially in my home town. Sadly these children are one of the most neglected groups and have very little in terms of basic infrastructure, education, intervention and rehabilitators. Even the parents of such children are diffident and frustrated, or too poor to nurse any hopes for a better future. I feel it is the responsibility of all of us to reach out to them in any possible way that we could, not only to help them but also to give some meaning to our life.”
– Rajeev Goankar