Founder Details

The founder of Samatol is Mr. Vijay Ramchandra Jadhav.

He was born in Bori village, Taluka Junnar, District Pune on 25th December 1978. In his adolescence, he was so passionate about learning, he would cycle a distance of 32kms everyday just to go to college. His love of knowledge was so grand he paid no heed to his own discomfort.

Unfortunately, financial constraints restricted him from completing his graduation and he had to leave his studies in his second year BA. He did not give up however. He then pursued an ITI course in Power Press Machine Operating which landed him a job with Godrej in Vikhroli, Mumbai as a Press Operator.

His job with Godrej was short lived. After working for the company from 1997 till 1999, he realised working for society was his true calling. Godrej gave him the inspiration to make this decision. In Godrej he got in touch with his friend Prakash who was attached with Narmada Bachao Andolan, this was the first time he became aware of social work. Vijay also got involved in YUVA (Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action) in Child Rights Unit.

He pursued his newfound interest further by undertaking a social diploma from Nirmala Niketan and did his course in slum studies through Ruia College. His work with YUVA was from 1999 to 2004. In his work, he realized that many children aged between 5 to 18 ran away from home due to petty reasons. These children then do not receive proper education, get trapped in social vices and lose their precious childhood. Realising this hidden fact of society, Vijay decided he needed to work for these kids.

First, he himself began searching for these runaways by roaming the Railway Platforms of Mumbai. When he found children, he would personally return them to their respective families. Vijay and his friends got immeasurable respect and honour from those families.

It is not easy to work in this line of work. Especially when the society seems to be against you. But the tears of joy on the faces of reunited families, is what drives Vijay to work. Also knowing that he is giving these children a second chance in a secure environment, gives him immense satisfaction.

After 18 years of work. Vijay is trying to convince the government and society that a child friendly officer must be appointed at every crowded place. In Transport (Railway junctions, Bus stands, auto or taxi stand), Hospitals, Schools and colleges, and most importantly market areas. He is still working hard towards creating a ‘Baal Premi Samaj’, a Child Friendly Society.