About Us

Nabhangan Foundation

Nabhangan Foundation is a not-for-profit NGO working in the fields of all-round rural development and community building to empower villages to self-reliance.

Nabhangan Foundation is a section 8 not for profit company.

CIN : U85300MH2018PTC305654

Our Focus Areas


Addressing the healthcare needs of communities.

Livelihood Development

Through agriculture and agro-based livelihood opportunities.


Strengthening of local government bodies like Gram Sabhas.


Including access to education, digital learning and other education aid.


Rain water harvesting through watershed development, irrigation water.

Rajshri Deshpande, Founder

Rajshri Deshpande is an actor and activist. Her portrayal of Laxmi in Pan Nalin’s ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ got her international recognition. This was followed by the titular role of Durga in Sanal Kumar Sashidharan’s ‘Sexy Durga’ which won the “Hivos Toger Award” at the Rotterdam Film Festival. She made her digital debut with BBC One’s ‘McMafia’ directed by James Watkins. She received critical acclaim for her performance as Subhadra in the Netflix Original ‘Sacred Games-1’, directed by Anurag Kashyap. She played the role of Ismat Chughtai in Nandita Das’s film ‘Manto’. Her upcoming projects are ‘Gormint’ (an Amazon Original) and ‘Nirvana-Inn’, a film which will be having its World Premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and SAREGAMA produced ‘Kanpuriye’ with Vijay Raaz. 
Rajshri dedicates her time extensively to humanitarian causes. In 2014, after the Nepal earthquake she worked with an international NGO at one of the villages.
In 2015, she adopted a drought-prone village in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra called ‘Pandhari’ and single-handedly executed a rainwater harvesting project, built toilets, conducted health check-up and community motivation camps. Encouraged by the success and social participation, she adopted one more village in the region. In 2018, she created the Nabhangan Foundation ( www.nabhanganfoundation.org ) to broaden her efforts towards sustainable village development and she is currently building an eco-sensitive school in the same village.

Our Advisory Team

To facilitate a centralised pool of learning and best practices across villages, we have formed a team of like-minded professionals with expertise in various aspects of village building. Our team has an experience of rainwater harvesting, watershed development, agriculture and horticulture, solar power lifting, distribution system for irrigation, installation of membrane water filter, rural regeneration, green and sustainable construction, urban design and project management.


Expert Advisor – Irrigation & Water-shed Management

R.S. Sonavane is a retired Deputy Engineer from the Irrigation Department. He has worked extensively on dam construction, irrigation management and canal construction across the last 35 years.

Dr Ajit S Gokhale


Dr Ajit S Gokhale is a Founder And Leader of Natural Solutions. He is M.Sc., Ph.D., and has successfully completed Special Course on Water and Wastewater Treatment conducted by Cranfield University School of Water Sciences, U.K.and Dip in Environment Management & ISO 14000, NET, SET.

Dr Hadi Shaikh

Expert Advisor – Health & Medicine

Based in Aurangabad, Dr Hadi is a key member of Nabhangan Foundation since its inception. He has extensive experience in conducting health camps and medical workshops for rural areas. He runs the Masoom Hospital in Aurangabad where he offers free treatment to the underprivileged.

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