Labourers who work hand to mouth for constructing houses also dream to have their own house at Mumbai. Architect Satish Haware turned their dream into reality. Now he is no more, but the foundation established in his name has given a helping hand to a number of needy people. The metro city of Mumbai comprises of a large section of labour class people. Some of them run rickshaw, some sell clothes on footpath while some are engaged in selling fruits and vegetables. Each one having the desire to have his own sweet home in Mumbai which is indeed a Herculean task in such densely populated economic capital of India. Satish Haware opened the door of hope for these brethren and made them live in their own house. This youth, who came from a tiny Pathrod village in Vidarbha (Maharashtra), earned a name of respect through his noble work in New Mumbai. Beginning with a job and shifting later on to a private architectural business, he finally established himself as a successful builder in Navi Mumbai by establishing a firm in the name of Haware Builders. Soon he started conquering newer and newer heights and one day fulfilled the dream of labourers by erecting a huge building for them at Khargar. At a cost of just Rs 2.5-3 lakh, the labourers owned their own block in this metro. Haware also rendered his full support in arranging loans for these people. At present, 200 families reside in this building erected as a result of the Herculean efforts initiated by Satish Haware.Haware Foundation believes in bringing social transformation by initiating work at the workplace itself. Hence the construction site became the very field of its social work. The foundation runs a dispensary for the labourers working at construction sites. Treatment is provided free of cost. School is also run for their children.Six courses related to civil construction stream are run at the foundation’s real estate academy. Along with the theory, students also gain practical experience for a period of one year. Apart from this, English and Marathi medium schools are also run by the foundation at Khargar, that ensures quality education at an affordable cost. Book bank and Abhyasika (study room) projects are run for far flung regions. These projects are currently functioning at about 100 places. Mahila Swavlamban Sanstha (Women self reliance) has been established for women’s upliftment. A number of women have got employment through this co-operative welfare scheme. Papads are manufactured on a large scale. A variety of programmes are organized to mark the death anniversary of Satish Haware. People who have devoted their entire life for serving the society are awarded on this occasion. A number of people till date have been awarded with Jeevn Gaurav Puraskar (life achievement award). The organization has achieved success in bringing various problems of society before public. ContactHaware Foundation416, Wardhman Market, sector-17Vashi, Navi Mumbai- 40 07 05(Maharashtra, India)Phone no: 022-67919800Website: www.haware.comHow to reachThane is located at a distance of 34 km from Mumbai. Vashi is at a distance of 8 km from Thane.By air: Mumbai Airport is the nearest airport.By rail: Local trains are available from Thane.By road: State transport buses and taxi service is available from Thane.
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