Apala Ghar


Apala Ghar - From Darkness To Light

We have no control on what destiny does to us, but we do have some control on how we respond to what destiny does to us. Mrs Sadhana and Mr Vijay Phalnikar personify the best human ability to respond to destiny! They lost their only son, Vaibhav, due to acute leukemia. Vaibhav's untimely death at the age of 14 was an unbearable blow for the couple. But the Phalnikars decided to respond to this cruel blow by destiny in a most noble way. 'Vaibhav' literally means 'richness'. Phalnikars decided to create richness in the life of the underprivileged sections of the society. For this, they established Late Vaibhav Phalnikar Memorial Foundation.

The first activity of the foundation was to provide a low cost (or at times 'no cost') ambulance service for needy patients. Soon, the foundation's activities bloomed and diversified into an orphanage, an old age home, a vocational training center and a free rural clinic.


    1. Orphanage

    'Apala Ghar' which literally means 'Our Own Home' provides a homely shelter to around 40 orphans, mostly coming from the under-privileged strata of the society.The children are housed at two locations near Pune City, viz., Warje and Donje.

    The children are provided with nutritious food, comfortable staying arrangements, clothing, health-care and hygienic surroundings. Children at Apala Ghar attend regular schools affiliated to Maharashtra State Boards of Secondary and Higher Secondary education. Apala Ghar also trains the children in various vocations like stitching, painting, handicraft, carpentry, electric wiring, etc. Various sociocultural activities organized by Apala Ghar inculcate good values in children.

    2. Old Age Home at Donje

    Baba and Sadhanatai Amte had set up the orphanage called 'Gokul' and old age home called 'Uttarayan' next to each other in Anandwan.

    Vijay and Sadhana Phalnikar have emulated this example by establishing an old age home in the same premises as the orphanage at Donje. Destitute elders from under-privileged strata of the society are taken care of here. Ten such "grand-parents" housed at Donje enjoy the affection of their 'grand-children' along with food, clothing, shelter and medical care. These elders forget their age when they also enthusiastically participate in the many sociocultural activities organized by Apala Ghar.

    3. Vocational Training Center

    This is a novel, empowering employment generating concept. Very short courses (some with a duration of only 15 days) are arranged in various skills and crafts like stitching and embroidery work, hand-made paper carry bags, file making, 'dhoop' making, herbal disinfectant making, book binding, disposable container making, screen printing,etc. Not only are these short training courses offered totally free of cost to below-poverty-line trainees, the trainees are also given free accommodation and food during their training course! So far, more than 500 trainees have benefited from these courses and many of them have started their own income generating ventures!

    4. Kausalya Karad Rural Hospital
    This hospital provides day-care facility of medical treatment to needy rural people in the villages and tiny hamlets surrounding Donje, totally free of cost.The hospital has two examination rooms, two wards with three beds each, an operation theater, labor room with incubator, pharmacy, digital X ray unit, ophthalmic and dental clinics.
    The hospital has also been supplemented with a Mobile Medicare Unit to enable its services to reach more remote areas. Equipped with battery operated ECG machine, solar-powered refrigerator and fan, portable O2 cylinders and other necessary medical material, the mobile medicare unit takes health care to the doorstep of at least 100 patients everyday.

    5. Rendering awards to other organizations and individuals

    On its anniversary day in November every year, Apala Ghar honours other organizations and individuals involved in good social work with awards. For an orphanage, this is a most generous and dignified way to celebrate its own foundation day! 


  • Apala Ghar, Donje, a bird's eye view
  • Children at Apala Ghar
  • 'Family' lunch-time at Apala Ghar
  • Training to empower
  • Training to empower
  • Training to empower
  • Training to empower
  • Kausalya Karad Rural Hospital at Apala Ghar, Donje
  • Kausalya Karad Rural Hospital at Apala Ghar, Donje
  • Kausalya Karad Rural Hospital at Apala Ghar, Donje
  • Kausalya Karad Rural Hospital at Apala Ghar, Donje
  • Kausalya Karad Rural Hospital at Apala Ghar, Donje
  • Dental and ophthalmic clinics at Kausalya Karad Rural Hospital
  • Dental and ophthalmic clinics at Kausalya Karad Rural Hospital
  • Mobile Medicare Unit of Apala Ghar, Donje
  • Mobile Medicare Unit of Apala Ghar, Donje
  • Mobile Medicare Unit of Apala Ghar, Donje
  • Mobile Medicare Unit of Apala Ghar, Donje

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A true and inspiring story of cooperation between two orphanages
15 Jun 2015 POSTED

'Apala Ghar', an orphanage at Donje near Sinhagad has been regularly helping 'Sarthak', an orphanage at village Amble, near Saswad, in various ways. Apala Ghar has not only donated food grains to Sar... Read more

How You Can Contribute

1. Donate

Cheque in favor of 'Late Vaibhav Phalnikar Memorial Foundation'.
For direct on line money transfer, bank details as follows:
Cosmos Bank Saving A/C No. 032204201220095
IFSC : COSB0000032
Branch code 032
Customer id 0328821
Branch code name VRJ

For NEFT or RTGS money transfers, please e mail to apalaghar@yahoo.com or sms to +91-9850227077+91-9850227077 to inform details of name and address of the donor.

Donations are eligible for income tax exemption under section 80 G.

You can sponsor the expenses of one child for one year by donating Rs.5,000.

You can donate in kind useful goods after consulting Mr Vijay Phalnikar on cell no. +91-9850227077+91-9850227077

2. Celebrate

Celebrate your birthday or wedding anniversary by spending a happy time with the children at Apala Ghar and sharing your joy with them.

3. Volunteer

You can volunteer in the day-to-day working of Vaibhav Phalnikar Memorial Foundation on a regular or occasional basis. Workers of Apala Ghar can guide you about possible modes of such direct participation.


Apala Ghar does not receive any government grant. It solely depends on generous donations from well-wishers. The fact that Mr Dilip Prabhavalkar is one of its honorary trustees is a mark of its credibility and the smiles on the faces of the children at Apala Ghar are its best testimonials!

Contact Details

Apala Ghar               
Behind Atul Nagar                        
Mumbai Bangalore Highway   
Warje, Pune 411 058           
Maharashtra, India       

Apala Ghar
Near Siddhanath Forest Ashram
Golewadi, Donje,
Pune 411 025
Maharashtra, India
Tel: +91-9922182989+91-9922182989

Email:  apalaghar@yahoo.com
Website: www.apalaghar.com

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