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Thinksharp Foundation awarded Social media for empowerment award

ThinkSharp Foundation was one of the finalist for Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017, (SM4E2017) held on 29 April 2017 at Delhi. We were nominated as finalists  out of 162  entries  from  South Asian organisations. Our project StudyMall for its unique and innovative social media marketing on various platforms such  Facebook Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Milaap, Bitgiving etc was nominated in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding category at SM4E2017 awards.

Dr.Shraddha our volunteer accepting the SM4E2017 award on behalf of all Thinskharp Foundation team

Dr.Shraddha our volunteer accepting the SM4E2017 award on behalf of all Thinksharp Foundation team

But what is the story here ? Is it relevant to you ? Well if you love Facebook, Twitter , Instagram etc then yes its relevant to you……..

How can Social media be used for helping your society...

Our Loved new friends..why do we need them?

Everybody loves Facebook because we want to know what is happening with my neighbors, colleagues or friends… We love twitter because we want to know what is happening in our society , nation and world. And we absolutely love Instagram  because we want to see cool pictures of  mouth watering food,  best makeup trends etc.  And we cannot survive without Whatsapp…where our day starts  with good morning messages and ends with good night .

Well I can name many apps that we use daily and we cannot survive without them. Because for most of us they are entertainment , for few maybe  source of knowledge and further few source of leaning and communication.

But what if i told you there are some individual who are using these social media apps for bringing positive reforms in society … Shocked and curious..

To briefly give you idea lets take our example , how we used social media for creating positive reform. Thinksharp foundation raised major  amount of expenditure needed for our rural education project StudyMall through social media campaigns and crowdfunding websites. The fund raised was apprx  more than 2 lacs. This fund was used  for creating digital libraries in 2 villages-

Read further to know how YOU can also be the Social change maker by using this social media apps on your phone.

Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF)  is one such great and unique organisation which is aiming to use every digital method to be made available for every citizen. They are doing it through multiple channels by reaching out to multiple stakeholders and also by appreciating and bringing such organisations on common platforms . They aim to connect unreached and undeserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions.

DEF alongwith  Friedrich Naumann Foundation hosted the 4th Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017 (SM4E2017) at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on April 29.  They    felicitated  innovating organisations in digital media space . 16 were awarded as  Winners, seven  received Special Mentions and three were recognized for Chairman’s Recommendation.

Our project StudyMall  was  in category Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding for SM4E2017 awards. It was an honor and privilege for us to attend the award ceremony conducted at Delhi. Our Volunteer Dr.Shraddha accepted the appreciation certificate on behalf of all our team and supporters.

Our nomination for award SM4E2017

Our nomination for award SM4E2017

On this occasion we would like to thank all of our team members especially those who help in digital media marketing  Mr.Bhagwan, Mr. Rahul,  Mr.Nilesh, Miss. Disha, Miss Durva, Quarterpants organisation, and many more. All of you who shared, liked, commented, donated, clicked on our Social media platforms this is a Thank you to you all.

We were also inspired and motivated by the speeches and thoughts shared by esteemed jury and guests of SM4E2017 award event. Esteemed  panel included but not limited to Mint Editor Sukumar Ranganathan, Country  Director Preethi Herman, GoNews Founder-Editor Pankaj Pachauri, Indian Railways DG(PR) Anil Saxena, Huffington Post India Editor-in-Chief Sruthijith KK and Digital India Foundation Co-Founder Arvind Gupta., Mr. Rajeev Mehrotra, Founder & Managing Trustee of Public Service Broadcasting Trust and Trustee-Secretary of The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH The Dalai Lama, Osama Manzar Founder & Director Digital Empowerment Foundation, Dr. Ronald Meinardus Regional Director South Asia, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Natasha Badhwar Columnist and Filmmaker, Malini Gupta Program Director,RBS Foundation India and many more.


It was an honor to be able to meet the amazing winning and nominated organisations that are doing great job in there respective domain to bring out social empowerment in society with help of digital media.

Few of the organisations to mention are Everyday Mumbai and Morango, Jan ki baat in Citizen Journalism, Explaining India’s Laws, Dhwani Rural Information Systems, Sahapedia in Communication, Advocacy & Development Activism, I Will Go Out and Bindi Bottoms in women empowerment , Karvaan: A Roving Book Project and Janaagraha Centre For Citizenship and Democracy in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding, BBC Media Action (Bangladesh), Development Consortium| Love Matters India, Janwaar Castle in community mobilization.


This event surely taught and inspired us to know how we can also use Social media and digital innovation to create an positive impact in Society. We request you to visit profiles of organisations mentioned here   to learn about there inspiring stories of bringing social change with the help of social media and digital platforms.

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Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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Our Founder’s view on Social Entrepreneurship at launch of E-cell event

We are very proud to share that our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad was invited as guest speaker at inauguration of E-cell at ADMI. Mr.Santosh is a firm believer of concept “social entrepreneurship”. Mr.Santosh is a Social entrepreneur himself  who is constantly in search of different entrepreneurial ventures to help his society. Currently through his NGO Thinksharp Foundation’s “StudyMall” project he is helping approximately 1700 village children. StudyMall helps village children  read, learn and play by  providing them  better educational infrastructure.

Mr.Santosh Phad as guest speaker at launch of E-Cell ADMI

Mr.Santosh Phad as guest speaker at launch of E-Cell ADMI

On 22nd August 2016, E-Cell i.e entrepreneurship cell was successfully launched in Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute for Financial & Management Studies, in association with Wadhwani Foundation’s NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network).

Wadhwani Foundation is an philanthropic organisation which was founded in 2000 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani with the primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies through large-scale job creation.  Wadhwani Foundation  under there project “National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN)”  inspires, educates, and supports student entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs for creating high-value jobs. NEN has also ventured into creating city-based entrepreneurial ecosystems consisting of mentors, investors, and incubators supporting startups and SMEs.

The ‘Alkesh Dinesh Mody’ Institute for Financial and Management Studies’ is an institute of the ‘University of Mumbai’. The Institute was co-founded by the Mr. Dineshbhai Mody in loving memory of his beloved son Late Shri Alkeshbhai D. Mody. The Institute was established in 1994 which is offering managementeducation with a focus of financial services.

Mr.Santosh at inauguration ceremony of E-CELL.

E-cell ADMI event Mr.Santosh talks about Social entrepreneurship

At E-cell ADMI event Mr.Santosh talks about Social entrepreneurship


Other esteemed speakers included Dr.Smita Shukla, Director ADMIFMS, Dr.Radha Iyer Entrepreneurship area chairperson SIMSR, MR.Ronald Fernandes NEN representative, Ms.Tanisha Chatterjee and Mr.Madhav Kabra Jaihind college and many more .

The complete team during the event of E-CELL INAUGURATION

The complete team during the event of E-CELL inauguration

During this event Mr.Santosh Phad was one of the guest speakers. Mr.Santosh spoke about social entrepreneurship.

He discussed the need of social enterprise in today’s world. Specific challenges in social entrepreneurship, how to overcome them, how to scale the social enterprise and various resources that can help in success of  social entrepreneurship.

He explained that social entrepreneurship is an innovative entrepreneurial idea with the potential to solve a community problem. As it deals with profit in terms of how many individuals will benefit instead of typical monetary gain, the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs in terms of  raising funds, mobility of resources and scaling up are very different than a profit making enterprise. He congratulated and thanked the E-CELL team for launch of this event which will greatly help social entrepreneurs grow and succeed

He further talked about few ways to deal with them and then gave example of few of his favorite social entrepreneurs like Mr.Mohammed Yunus, Nobel peace prize winner founder of Grameen bank, Mr.Dhruv Lakra from Mirakle couriers, Mr. Pranil Naik from leap for word and many more.

Mr.santosh with E-CELL ADMI team member

We congratulate Wadhwani foundation and Alkesh Dinesh Mody institute for taking up this good initiative to help upcoming promising entrepreneurs. We wish them Good luck and look foreword to any support and collaboration @

We strongly recommend on behalf of our founder to connect with  E-CELL ADMI team to grow there entrepreneurial ideas and venture’s.

If you believe in our Founder’s vision of Thinksharp Foundation NGO and want to donate for StudyMall for the better rural education infrastructure log on to

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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StudyMall received Digital Trail Blazer Award 2016.

Our project “StudyMall” received Digital Trail Blazer Award at Digital India Conclave event . This Award was presented by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr.Devendra Fadnavis  for bringing digital education to rural children of Maharashtra.
The Digital India conclave was presented by HP India in association with India Today Television and KPMG. 

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The Digital India Conclave is India’s first conclave that brings together the best of minds, talent and people with a varied range of expertise in the digital field from all over the country.

We were honored to share the award with 4 other esteemed organisations.

all-jury1) AAPLE SARKAR APP, DEPARTMENT OF I.T – GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA initiative which address public grievances while ensuring participative governance. The ‘Aaple Sarkar’ portal and app are monitored by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in Maharashtra and is a platform for citizens to participate in discussions on the development of the state.

2)  ANTI CORRUPTION APP, ANTI CORRUPTION BUREAU –Anti- Corruption Bureau in Maharashtra is a high tech solution to deal with the menace of evidence tampering and to  report on corruption.

3) ROJGAR WAHINI, DEPT OF SKILL DEV, EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP, Maharashtra Govt-Rojgar Wahini is a Government of Maharashtra initiative which provides  free services like vocational guidance, job opportunities and self-employment guidance to job seekers.

4) MAHARASHTRA VIDHAN BHAVAN, DEPT OF I.T – GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA-This inititative has made  legislative business paperless,  members of legislative council (MLCs) and members of legislative assembly (MLAs) post their questions and resolutions online. The legislators would also be able to check previous records and even get a written reply on this tab.

The event was filled with inspiration and motivation as the dignitaries shared their thoughts and plans in their speech. It was amazing to see how digitization will help us to resolve society’s  problems and take India to next level.

We are now charged with more enthusiasm to take digital education to every needy rural parts and villages  of India.

  • santoshThanks to our supporter without whom this honor would not have been possible.

    We are very honored to have received this award for our effort to digitize education in 3 villages of Maharashtra.   We are helping village children read, learn and play and thus increasing their study time, study interest, knowledge base of extra curricular activities, hobbies, games etc .

  • Through this project “StudyMall” we aim to give village children an equal chance to be a empowered citizens of India.     

  • We were honored to have chance to listen to dignitaries of the event which included AMITABH NAG, Head: Digital India- HP Inc, DEEPAK SAWANT, Minister – Public Health & Family Welfare: Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, DR. JAIJIT BHATTACHARYA, Partner, Infrastructure & Government Services- KPMG India, KAUSTUBH DHAVSE, Officer On Special Duty to the Chief Minister’s Office,K.M PRASANNA, Asst. Police Commissioner, Mumbai Crime Branch and V.K GAUTAM, Principal Secretary- Information Technology, Government of Maharashtrsantosh-n-stage
  • More information on event can be found at

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StudyMall project presented at CSIM (Centre for social initiative and management)

A room full of enthusiastic social change makers and experienced professionals along with their teachers and mentors ready to listen about Thinksharp Foundation “StudyMall” on a Saturday evening was a sign of there commitment towards there passion of starting something to help society.  Students doing course on NGO management and social  entrepreneurship were excited to listen what I have to tell them on managing StudyMall project under Thinksharp Foundation.


We Thinksharp Foundation team was invited by CSIM Hyderabad to speak about our journey and management of NGO to students of CSIM this year in month of June. As our Founder was on not available, this great opportunity came to me to present StudyMall to CSIM students.

CSIM launched a centre in Hyderabad in 2002, by networking with Dr.Reddy’s Foundation. This centre has emerged as a prominent learning and networking centre for social workers, NGOs and budding social entrepreneurs in Hyderabad. CSIM offer a  Certificate Course in NGO Management and Social Entrepreneurship which is of  4.5 months duration and provides basic principles of management and entrepreneurship in  non-profit organization while retaining its social mission. ( .

I was very much excited and bit nervous too to be speaking in front of professional students and teachers from professional course of social entrepreneurship. A big help and motivation was Dr.Shrivastav sir (Director CSIM Hyderabad)  who helped us from finding a comfortable slot to visit CSIM, then extending help on phone continuously  to find the location and being perfect host for us during the actual talk.


As I started my presentation, it was more of very fruitful discussion where students (actually social entrepreneurs) had  questions like why and how we started, and why we named it StudyMall , one of the most interesting question was how do I volunteer and  helping StudyMall despite my  full time job and being from different profession ( I am a MBBS doctor) .  There were questions around our expansion plan, how an social enterprise survive, some legal questions and how we mobilize team and volunteer sitting in different locations and yet having StudyMall in remote rural places of Maharashtra. For those interested in venturing in this field i try to cover some basics we learned below on same-


1.Legal paperwork before starting social venture– As explained them that ThinkSharp Foundation is registered U/S Mumbai Public Trust Act 1950 Reg.No E28181 (Mumbai), Date of registration – 13.09.2011 and legally has 80G and 12 A certificates s to accept donation and provide tax exemption the importance of having clear legal documents and knowledge percolated through them before starting any social venture.

2. Managing a NGO – For us what worked best is having an diverse and passionate team coming form different backgrounds-  Thinksharp Foundation core team Santosh, Bhagwan, Shraddha and Rahul all are coming from different professions and bring different skills which saves cost which is needed for an start up NGO.

Santosh looks after financial, legal and bringing new donors as he comes from financial marketing profession, Bhagwan looks into branding and marketing being an corporate well known artist, Rahul helps in social media and photograhy as he is a well established photographer (,)  as for me i manage daily social media, communications and PR for Thinksharp Foundation.   We have extended team like Deepali (an writer) providing inputs on varied marketing factors, Kranti ( a financial strong background provides inputs on financial stuff) Mr. Mangesh ( CA himself helps a lot on legal stuff), Mr. Zahid an successful entrepreneur himself making time for us on any logistics we need, Amol providing his time and energy whenever we need him to visit StudyMall sites.


3. For the mobilization of resources– The biggest question for us is how to mobilize funds, resources and run StudyMall  in rural parts while we all are in cities-

I  explained them how  we use technology like Watsapp, Skype, E-mail and telephonic calls to connect with local volunteers in rural villages where we have StudyMall to keep everyone on same page on making StudyMall useful to maximum capacity by rural children.We have a local volunteers who are  passionate about providing education infrastructure to their village children who then acts as our co-coordinator once the StudyMall is set up. An example is our passionate volunteer Mr. Saurabh Mangrule for our third project StudyMall at Vangani village. He is practically available to co ordinate  24/7 with us and teachers of Z.P. School with whom we are running StudyMall. (read about him( )


4. Constant dialogue with actual beneficiaries of your social venture


Our mantra for successful StudyMall lies in having strong support system at rural level where we open StudyMall, if its independent center or in collaboration with school, we ensure to have dialogue with teachers, village Panchyat, Sarpanch, teachers and key decision makers of village so as to understand actual need of that village and then providing customized solution. We ensure not to bombard infrastructure which is actually not needed this can be identified only after speaking to actual benefeciries and people who are local. For example, our first StudyMall was started with books and after year we introduced computer and now that its completed 3 years we will try to add digital learning solution because first  StudyMall at Surangali village was not ready for digitization at start due to non availability of skilled professional or lack of curiosity of surangali village children towards digital education, but now after three years they are ready to accept this and hence we plan to install it . However our third StudyMall at Vangani village  had skilled teachers knowing about digital educational infrastructure and children were also curious and exposed to such hence we installed digital projector and educational tablets from the beginning itself.

5. Expansion and scaling your social venture how and when-

Having a practical goal and staying true to your mission should always be priority while deciding scaling and expansion. We are many times asked to make StudyMall sustainable we should charge rural kinds minimal fee to use StudyMall set up. We always prioritized that StudyMall will remain free to use for rural children. Our plan is set up only maximum 3 StudyMall per year instead of 20 or 10, this is to ensure we provide customized StudyMall in every village which will be beneficial and used at fullest by village children instead of just mass availability of StudyMall with too many infrastructure which will not be used.

StudyMall at Vangani village

6 – Interaction and communication with industry
20160707_145806 For us what worked is having constant dialogue by attending various events to know how to frame strategy that works best to scale your social venture. We attended many events whenever possible for social entrepreneurship like recently SandBox Samvidha by Deshpande  Foundationread more on this event by us at ,  UnLTD ( following many great websites like YourStory social section Following great social entrepreneurs Connecting with great websites providing support to NGO, . Following good resources covering NGO like CSR Journal Industry leader in CSR space.

Ms.Mandeep founder at Quarterpants, who helped us in making  social media fundraising strategy.

7) Fundraising and donation-

What works best for us is we are trying to solve a very common problem known to all poor education resource in rural parts of India. There is lot of awareness around this. But still creating an awareness about problem you want to solve is very critical because awareness will only create connect between donor and your NGO. We constantly create buzz about this poor education problem on our NGO  and individual team members website, Facebook, Twitter,Instagram etc and also keep focused approach on approaching those who are already from rural parts .

Keeping donors informed by use of different communication on how there donations are used is very important. We do this by use of mailing ( using MaiChimp- social media pictures editing by   Canva, social pilot for scheduling pots in advance-

For fundraising we use platforms like Milaap , BitGiving – and  Ketto

This are some practical basics we learned during our venture, but for professional learning there are many institutes and website that should be referred one is CSIM course as explained above.

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Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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StudyMall nominated for SWAG 2016 Awards in education category

Thinksharp Foundation’s project “StudyMall” was nominated in education category for the SWAG (Social Welfare & Growth) Awards, 2016 initiative by The CSR Journal . We received the appreciation  and participation trophy by chief guest Mr.Sushilkumar Shinde,  Former Union Minister, Government of India at this prestigious event .



The CSR Journal is an online portal which connects the NGO / Social enterprises on a single portal. And also they connect this NGO/Social enterprises  to the companies/corporate  who are ready to help them through CSR . However the work of The CSR Journal goes much beyond that, they motivate, inspire and act as social change makers themselves by putting all this social stories together. The CSR Journal team is acting like a catalyst to speed the good work done in society.

The CSR Journal put together SWAG Awards this year which was an absolute source of motivation and inspiration to all the NGO and social enterprises working across India. For the SWAG awards nominations were invited from all over India and Thinksharp Foundation was one of the proud nominees in education sector. (


SWAG  Awards had following categories Education & Skill Training, Sports , Environment & Agriculture, Women Empowerment & Child Welfare and Health & Sanitation.

In the education category there were two other organisations that we were privileged to share stage with,   Let’s Do Some Good Foundation ( and the Nudge Foundation ( . We are honored to have had chance to stand along them as they are doing fantastic job in education category.

The event was a grand success which was held at The Leela Hotel, Mumbai. This was  perfect event because of great hospitality and co-ordination by The CSR Journal team. There were special performances that added to the event like LGBT community-based dance group, ‘Dancing Queens’ performance, stand-up comedy by artist Kenneth Sebastian, Songs by ‘saMcara’ group on social responsibility and ethics. 

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ThinkSharp Foudnation’s StudyMall project was shared on the platform at the event in presence of all dignitaries, judges from social sector and corporate. The video featured about StudyMall highlighted how we are helping 3 villages of Maharashtra and 1500 rural children read, learn and play by setting up StudyMall.


In the final round all the nominees were called upon stage and had to answer question form the judges. The judges for SWAG Awards were  Rohit Misra, CEO, Starkey, Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOMM, Sanjay Behl, CEO, Raymond, Vivek Talwar, Chief Sustainability Officer, TATA Power, Prerana Langa, CEO, Yes Foundation, Pearl Tiwari, President, Ambuja Cement Ltd and Naghma Mulla, COO, Edelgive Foundation.

Our founder Mr.Santosh represented us on stage and he was asked  question by Jury at the final round during event on stage . The Jury for us was Mr.Shrikant Sinha who posed question how do we motivate children to come to StudyMall. Our founder always having a witty response correctly said “we do not need to motivate them, similar to a situation when a village gets road people start using it, when we set up StudyMall children are already motivated to use this better educational facility provided to them.” Another question then came was “How do we keep children’s interest continued in using StudyMall”. Santosh explained that StudyMall is ongoing project to keep children interested in coming to StudyMall and using to learn and grow, we continuously upgrade it by adding more educational infrastructure like digital projector, educational tablets, toys etc.

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We are truly thankful to The CSR Journal and especially Miss Pooja Domadia from The CSR Journal team for her continuous motivation and support. We are more motivated to work towards making StudyMall available to each needed village of Maharashtra.

It was an wonderful opportunity to meet other NGO who are doing tremendous good work too mention a few is Sundara – bringing hygiene by making available recycled soaps ( Gabriel project making women empowerment and child empowerment possible (  and then the much needed and my favorite project dealing with menstrual issues Indian Development Foundation for their Project Hygiene 12 (—ph12.html) and the one which I found very simple, humble and yet most effective project I liked dealing child development of slum and poor kids through sports  OSCAR Foundation ( ).

Please keep visiting The CSR Journal to feel positive and to find something that you re passionate about. Also you can  get connected with such wonderful people and organisations at 


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Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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Together “we” can do- StudyMall at Sandbox Samvidha,Hubbali

Thinksharp Foundation team has another proud moment as its achievement this year.  Our project “StudyMall” was selected among all the other NGO’s from India to be presented at Sandbox Samvidha, Deshpande foundation.

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One of the most exciting and motivational factor  for us about this event was a chance  to meet Dr.Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande sir. Words might fall short to describe. Dr. Deshpande, Founder of Deshpande Foundation, Hubbali. He has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades.  He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies.Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and he is responsible for MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at Massachusetts. Deshpande Foundation has three other centers. He  co-chairs as a National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy.

Dr.Desh Deshpande

The next important factor for our excitement was chance to visit  Sandbox Samvidha at Deshpande Foundation Hubbali.  Sandbox works to create an effective ecosystem where resources are put to use through entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability.   Sandbox provides opportunities to all NGO  teams to meet and interact with each other, to share their solutions to help society and also gives chance to talk to people who have impacted society on larger scale through there NGO, may it be founders of large NGO, Academicians, Sandbox CEO, MD, Support team, Social entrepreneurs etc (


Highlight of this trip was  location of Deshpande Foundation, the center building  and the amazing team. We traveled from Hyderabad and right from how to travel and where to stay we were helped  by Sandbox’s team member Miss.Veena.  Deshpande foundation is located inside BVB engineering college Hubbali Karnataka. The building is very nice structure which practically creates that sense of positivism once you step in its zone. Many volunteers and Social entrepreneurship students (local and international) can be seen buzzing around who are speaking only one language “how we can help society”?


We presented our story of ‘StudyMall ” in front of three judges Mrs. Neelam Maheshwari  Director Deshpande Foundation (  Mr. Sai Chandrashekar from Agastya International Foundation ( ) and Mr.Rangan Vardhan from Micrograam (


We presented our idea of StudyMall, how 3 StudyMall are helping approximately 1500  rural children to read, learn and play  in 3 villages of Maharashtra . The Judges presented us very thoughtful questions on sustainability and expansion. For the sustainability of StudyMall project ThinkSharp Foundation team answered that  we are dependent on donations from our donors and we always plan to keep StudyMall free of cost for rural children. This will ensure they use StudyMall to fullest to read, play or learn. Our answer to expansion plan  was that we will start 15 StudyMall in next 5 years. This pace of growth is decided to ensure we  help villages or rural areas which are actually in need and where the infrastructure in StudyMall will be used at maximum level by children.


Mr. Sai From Agastya International Foundation was impressed with how StudyMall is helping rural parts of Maharashtra and offered partnership opportunity to work with them to reach more villages. This was a very proud moment to get an offer to partner during the presentation. Thinksharp Foundation team is in contact with Agastya international Foundation and is working on this partnership which will be a huge opening door to help education sector  in  rural parts of Maharashtra .

ThinkSharp Foundation StudyMall project was hugely appreciated by all the judges, NGO and participants. We also got insights and inputs from Mr.Naveen CEO of Deshpande Foundation on making StudyMall available and more beneficial for rural children.

This  opportunity gave us chance to meet Dr.Desh Sir to know about insight into how a social entrepreneur needs to think so as to find the best fit solution to solve society’s problems. Another best thing was to get insight into how Sandbox works. So many people are doing great job through NGO’S to tackle and help our society. But we all can succeed only when we help each other and work together.

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With this huge motivation and inspirational event we ThinkSharp Foundation team is geared up to take StudyMall to every needed village of Maharashtra. StudyMall is an more than Library project which provide books, games, toys, digital educational infrastructure, arts, crafts etc to rural children . StudyMall is an library kind of room that we set up independently in village or in collaboration with school.

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During the event we also had chance to meet and know about NGO’s who are doing tremendous job of helping society like  DATRI working in stem cell donation  (, Hopefortheharvest which is working in varied sectors to help oppressed and poor (  MOTHER working to create opportunities for the poor by building appropriate local-level institutions to improve help disadvantaged section and ensure sustainable livelihoods( For details about all such great NGO  please Visit Sandbox Website.

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Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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StudyMall – Digital classroom for village vangani childern

What do you picture an second year engineering student studying in metro city like Mumbai? Attending classes, struggling with studies, keeping up peer pressure by attending movies, Whatsapp, Facebook,Instagram, showing his art in annual functions? Yes i thought too. But dimensions changed when we, ThinkSharp Foundation team met Saurabh.


Saurabh Mangrule- dearest Dada for vangani children

Saurabh is an youngster who goes beyond only educating himself. He is educating 200  children by bringing better educational resources in their school at Z.P.School vangani village. But his social work is not limited to this but covers a lot of things like working for water shortage in drought areas , spreading social message via videos etc.

saurabh helping Vangani children at Digital StudyMall

Vangani is a village which is in close proximity to Mumbai, 1.5 hrs only and next to Badlapur station. So we expected this village to be hi-tech or developed than other remote villages.This was our team’s reaction when Mr.Saurabh Mangrule contacted us. We thought we help only remote villages which are actually in need of better rural education infrastructure.  Vangani might not be the correct place to start of our third StudyMall as it is so close to Mumbai.

But as its said motivation is contagious, Mr.Saurabh was very enthusiastic for starting StudyMall and he was very much sure that Vangani  children are very bright and in need of StudyMall. His mother is already helping  Vangani children by  being there loving teacher, and Saurbah has developed a close bond while visiting Vangani with his mother. He also wanted to help his mother and his little buddies by providing them in better education infrastructure.

Charged up with Saurabh’s  motivation, we decided to visit Vangani in August 2015 and we were greeted by shower of rain at Vangani village.  An equal amount of shower of enthusiasm from Z.P.School teachers and students awaited for us as we entered school premises.1

As soon as we entered school premises, we saw Saurabh was surrounded by all students and they were very much connected to him treating him like there big brother. Students were so bright they instantly connected to Thinksharp Foundation team as well.  A 6th standard young enthusiastic girl said to me “are you doctor, didi? i want to be doctor as well” .DSC_0448

Z.P school has 200 students from 1 to 7th standard and with 5 teachers and only 4 classroom. There is no library, sports material or any additional learning infrastructure.Teachers were passionate, students were bright.  But for  them to help each other more educational infrastructure was missing.

We decided within our team to help this amazing school. And thus began our journey of StudyMall our third project and first digital project at vangani village.But was this an easy journey ? Maybe not. Was this journey really helpful? Definitely yes as this is  helping 200 children of 1 to 7th std read, learn and play . They are  overall enjoy learning everyday.Was this journey possible because of us only? off course not without our supporters  especially Mr.Saurabh and YVO.


We began our funding campaigns to raise funds to provide books, sports, arts and craft, digital projector, smartboard, e-tablets on BitGiving (, Milaap (  and our own website in Sep 2015. As usual we constantly urged  through our Social media to our supporters and once again they responded to us. The best part was when Young volunteer organisation (YVO)  committed to support us in Dec 2015. They committed us that they will be bearing 80% cost of our  StudyMall.


In Dec 2015, this StudyMall was ready with digital projector with kind help of E-Prashala company ( This projector  has 500 GB data which includes 1 to 7th standard syllabus, extra curricular syllabus including poems, stories, geographical,mathematical data etc. The smartboard  with it is interactive as well, geometrical figures, drawing etc can be taught on this board. Educational tablets from Classpad company ( were distrubted five in number as pilot project. This   has again interactive learning 1 to 7th std syllabus and many more added knowledge repositories .  And the most important part of our every StudyMall is Pratham books ( . These  were added with 2 Library kits and having 500 books approx.  Voltas Company (  provided us with Arts, crafts material through their CSR.

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To create awareness on opening of StudyMall  we conducted drawing competition on 22 Dec 2015. This was to  attract students to attend school. It also  motivated parents to send children to school as now more better infrastructure was available at school. This drawing competition prizes were  distributed on StudyMall opening day.

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On 9 Jan 2016 we gathered for StudyMall opening at Vangani village . Saurabh kept his word of helping Vangani village children by being there  responsible big brother.Many dignitaries graced this occasion like Mrs Meena Narula, a renowned educationist. Mr. Anand Chedda from YVO , Mr.Waghmare, Block education officer. Also our supporters who graced occasion despite their busy professional schedules like Dr.Fatima, Mr.shetty, Mr.Khanolkar, Mr.Jadhav, Durva, Saurabh’s enthusiastic and socially active young friends etc.

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What do you like best about StudyMall? I asked students after opening ceremony. Before i finished my question, answers came in chorus from children “projector where we can watch animated stories, e-tabs where we can learn maths, books which have funny stories of animals, drawing material” the answers were never ending.

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The best answer was which made us all smile was from a 4th std student “my teachers do not get throat pain now because they can play poems on projector and they no longer need to shout”.
DSC_1697“Madam lets take one picture in different pose, lets take selfie,  Boys are always taking pictures with saurabh dada and we do not get chance, so lets take all girls picture today” this was request in afternoon once girls of Vangani school got acquainted with us.


We are seeing benefits of this StudyMall helping Vangani tremendously since 9 Jan 2016 continuously. Increased attendance, increased love for learning , increased spending time on study or learning activities at StudyMall etc.


Launching StudyMall here is just the beginning, we are long way to better education resources here. We still need lot of support to  add more educational infrastructure.

You can donate and support us to help Vangani and many other villages too, our current campaign is for Chikatgaonvillage, Aurangabad donate now to help_click on this

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Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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StudyMall 2- Possible due to a teacher who didn’t stop to help children after retirement…

It was 29 Sep 2013, a very important and busy day for team Thinksharp. After 2 years of planning, discussion and overcoming lot of hurdles we were finally able to start actually helping rural children by providing better rural education by launching first StudyMall at Surungali. To add to this excitement was presence of our supporters, friends and family  for this occasion.

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And among all this attendees we also had pleasure of having Mr.Chandrashekhar Awatare sir. One of our close friend and a close part of team Mr.Amol Awatare’s father. Mr.Awatare sir,  was appreciating  our work and said in his speech how youngsters like us are needed in every part of village. That was sure a motivation and boost for us. And on the same day he made promise to us that second StudyMall will be in his village Varagaon Dist Jalgaon.amols dad

Mr.Awatare sir was retired teacher at this point and he could be enjoying his retirement and having relax time in Mumbai with his son Amol. But he chose to stay back in varangaon where he worked as principal-teacher for 20 years. He is very well called as social activist in Varangaon being part of many social reforms and community helping projects.

Mr.Awatare sir kept his promise and invited us to Varangaon to pay visit and study how we can help Varangaon village children like we helped village  Surungali children. At first we were apprehensive because the school was huge and had private management. It also  had nursery to 12th std students a huge population.

Then we meet students who told us how there day starts with travelling to Varangaon for school from there small adjacent villages and then again returning back. They had library but they wanted more books, educational games and digital classroom.


Class 8th girls were fascinated to meet Dr.shraddha, Thinksharp team volunteer. They were interested to know about how to be doctor and from there conversation went to  which is her favorite novel. They also shared that they do not have access to more wide range of novels or any other activities like hey wanted girls cricket.

Teachers also had same concerns, non availability of wider range of books, educational games, books for teachers to develop and widen their thoughts, a projector, desktops etc to make learning more attractive and easy.

With this feedback we were very much interested to start StudyMall at Varangaon. We had few questions in mind but  Mr. Awatare sir always answered our questions and was always ready to help us. He made his point very clear that Varangaon school children need StudyMall kind of infrastructure to grow and develop. We were inspired by his dedication and commitment towards helping his school  children.

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Finally we decided to go ahead with launch of StudyMall. Mr.Awatare sir’s energy was unmatchble, he was always there to collaborate and speed up things like  list of books needed, which school room to be used as StudyMall, then visiting school and talking to teachers, taking their feedback and then again informing us. We made list of things needed on first priority that we will provide and with help from  G.S.C school Varangaon   basic infrastructure will be added.

We decided to launch StudyMall on 9 July 2015. We reached Varangaon on 8 July 2015 with lot of enthusiasm and readiness to decorate, clean and arrange our StudyMall, our second project. Lot of time was spent on deciding which direction should the desk be facing, which ThinkSharp foundation frame to be put on which wall?

All this was helped by our kind teachers at Varangaon school too.During our arrangement of StudyMall preparation we had few shy children peeking in StudyMall room and some bold and cheerful students asking permission to come in and help us.


Our energy was off course maintained by mouthwatering food and hospitality by Mr.Awatare sir’s and Mr.Mahajan sir’s family.


After setting up StudyMall on 8 July 2015, we were geared up for 9 July 2015. Incidentally this was a school of Mr.Amol (our team mate) so we had a huge positive response from all teachers and students.

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On the day of launch we had huge crowd of students eagerly waiting to enter StudyMall. We had lot of motivational speeches and splendid inauguration ceremony. Then we entered StudyMall, children were in lot of hurry to grab books and have a look around along with all guest.

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This StudyMall has books, educational game, space to sit and study or read non academic books, few sports material.

Launching StudyMall here is just the beginning, we are long way to better education resources here. We still need lot of support to make it digital and add more educational infrastructure.

You can donate and support us to help Varangaon and many other villages too, our current campaign is at donate now to help_click on this

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Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Preeti an 7th std standard student from village Surungali in 2013 told us “she wants to be astronaut” that amazed us. Because in a village of hardly any TV, Satellite, forget about internet but no desktops and 2 school at long distances with poor infrastructure her confidence and knowledge that she wants to be an astronaut. We asked her what she is doing for achieving to be astronaut, she said she goes to school but she does not know exactly how to be one? She spends her time after school looking after her younger brother and doing daily chores of house till her parents return from farm. She does not have place to study or read amazing stories of astronauts after school or in school, she does not  have access to internet to google “how to be a astronaut”. Surungali is a village  close to Aurangabad and native village of our creative head Mr. Bhagwan Jadhav.


So we took up this challenge not just for Preeti but to help maximum children of Surungali who wander after school in village or farms and who do not have access to basic education infrastructure like a place to read, learn and play and have access to academic and non academic learning material. A place where they can read wonderful stories, do their homework, interact, play games etc. A place they can share and learn. We wanted them to give a place one stop solution for their educational need and we called it “StudyMall”- a educational mall, its more than a Library.

After 6 months  of opening StudyMall, our StudyMall children Avinash told us on one of our visit, he cannot study after 6 PM because there is no electricity. The children urged donors and supporters through a video and we passed on this video message on our social media, and within a month we supplied them solar lamps.IMG-20140213-WA000

In our summer vacation visit children told us they want to play as they have vacations now, but they lack sports equipements. So  again with help of our supporters we added more sports and games.  It started with cricket competition but now they have one sports event every month.

Then there came a visit where children became so trusting towards us they demanded desktop right away as we entered village, with bunch of flowers they grew in open space of our StudyMall they welcomed us and then immediately said unanimously “we want computer” and as again one of our supporter within 1.5 months sent us desktop which is children’s new friend now in StudyMall.




Recently on our visit an elderly couple meet us and blessed us, we were not surprised as we are fortunate always to get blessings on our trips but we were curious. They told us there son used StudyMall to study for his entrance exam  and now is enrolled in a military job.

What started as just a small idea of providing place to read books has turned into  a place of trust, learning, development and growth which was impossible without our kind donors and supporters.

But there is still a long way to go we are yet to provide more books, desktops, e-learning, vocational training and so much more to surungali chidren.  And there are so many villages in need of  help where children are waiting to be doctors, lawyers, hi-tech farmers, sportsmen, soldiers and the list of dreams goes on.

We are happy and more motivated to work because seeing few of the results of StudyMall lbenefiting rural children like  in increasing grades, studytime, sports interest, awareness on career path extra curricular learning, personality development and playing sports has increased substantially.

Now we are gearing up for 4th StudyMall at Chikatgaon village, Aurangabad, support us on

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Because we believe when Children are strong a society is strong and “It is easy to build strong children but difficult to repair broken men”. We have easy chance to build strong children now.

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Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.




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StudyMall – Read, Learn, Play is more than just a library which provides better educational infrastructure in rural areas. Include better sitting place during and after school. It also provides Books, Educational games, Toys, Computer learning, Digital/ Multimedia learning, and conducts workshops on various topics.

Problem that we intend to solve

  • Lack of better place to sit after school for study

  • Poor infrastructure of schools which fail to give required educational facilities

  • Libraries are either absent or are at long distances

  • Rural children do not have access to digital / Multimedia learning.

Impact of StudyMall

At present with one StudyMall the statistics are-

  • More than 1500 children are getting advantage of our current StudyMall

  • Increase in awareness regarding education and its need by 25 to 30% of previous level.

  • Increase in study time by 300 to 350% i.e previously student used to study for 1 or half hour now 3 to 4 hour

  • Increase in marks / percentage by 5 to 10 % of previous level

  • Computer learning and benefits are known to students

  • Digital learning experience through projector, Interactive board and educational tabs

  • Increased in school attendance

  • More concentration during class due to digital learnin

  • Smart education systems with multimedia content would help teachers in teaching in a demonstrative way

Project Locations

  • At Post – Surangali, Tq. Bhokaradan, Dist: Jalna, State: Maharashtra, Country: India,
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  • GSC School, Varangaon, Tq.Bhusawal, Dist. Jalgaon, Maharashtra, Country: India,
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  • ZP School No.3, Village Vangani (w), Taluka Amernath, Dist.Thane, Maharashtra, Country: India,
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