Way back in 1990s, doctor couple Ashwin & Harsha Shah and their like-minded friends, who were professionals in various fields, were concerned for the poor villagers. For two to three years they would contemplate about the conditions of the poor people in surrounding villages and what should be done to help them. These young professionals were inspired by the lives of social workers and reformers like Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, Karl Marx, Babalbhai Mehta and Dr. Navneet Fojdar. They founded Gram Seva Trust- an Organisation to work to uplift the poor and the deprived people in rural areas.
Drs. Ashwin and Harsha Shah joined Sewa Rural, a well known NGO at Jhagadia, Gujarat, for 2 years, to get experience of social work and organizational management. In 1994, they moved permanently to Kharel, to start a small hospital of 30 beds with staff of three.
Kharel was selected as the base area as it was semi developed rural, tribal area situated on border of Gandevi, Chikhli and Mahuva blocks of south Gujarat. Interior, forest, tribal areas of Vansda & Dang were also easily accessible.
Over the years it has developed in a 100 bed hospital with beautiful campus with staff quarters. As the need arose the trust also started various Community health and rural development projects in surrounding villages. Also satellite centres were started in forest areas of Dang to serve the interior, remote villages.
|Name||Position||Education & Qualification||Occupation||Address||Remuneration Year 2017-18|
Dr. Ashwin Shah
|Foundar Trustee Managing Trustee||MBBS., M.D. Community Medicine||Medical Doctor General Physician & Public Health||Gram Seva Trust, N.H.No. 48, Kharel - 396 430. Ta. Gandevi, Dist. Navsari||Honorary|
Mr. Nalinbhai J. Desai
|Foundar Trustee Hon. Secretary||B.A.||Retired Bank Manager||401-402, Building No.7/E-2, Green City Township, Pal-Bhatha Road, Bhatha, Surat||Honorary|
Dr. Harsha Shah
|Foundar Trustee Trustee||MBBS., D.G.O.||Medical Doctor Gynecologist||Gram Seva Trust, N.H.No. 48, Kharel - 396 430. Ta. Gandevi, Dist. Navsari.||Honorary|
Mr. Dipakbhai A. Vashi
|Foundar Trustee Trustee||B.Com.||Farmer||Ramanwad, At. & Po. Dhamdachha 396 310, Ta. Gandevi, Dist. Navsari.||Honorary|
Mr. Dinubhai R. Patel
|Trustee||B.A. (Economics)||Retired Bank Employee & Farmer||Khaparia 396 430, Ta. Gandevi, Dist. Navsari.||Honorary|
Dr. Khushroo Patel
|Trustee||MBBS., M.S. (Cardiothoracic Surgery)(USA)||Medical Doctor Cardiothoracic Surgeon||Hospital Campus, Gram Seva Trust, N.H.No. 48, Kharel - 396 430. Ta. Gandevi, Dist. Navsari.||Honorary|
Dr. Sharmishtha Patil
|Trustee||MBBS., D.P.H.||Medical Doctor Public Health||Block-A, Room No. 2, Hospital Campus, Gram Seva Trust, N.H.No. 48, Kharel - 396 430. Ta. Gandevi, Dist. Navsari||Salaried|
Dr. Kanchan Dhadwe
|Trustee||M.D. (O & G)||Medical Doctor Gynecologist||Hospital Campus, Gram Seva Trust, N.H.No. 48, Kharel - 396 430. Ta. Gandevi, Dist. Navsari||Salaried|
The following trustees have rendered their voluntary services in the development of the organization
|Trustee Name||Address||Service Period|
|Mr. Nalinbhai T. Desai||Dhamdachha/USA||1994 to 2017|
|Mr. Moghabhai L. Naik||Pipaldhara||1994 to 2017|
|Dr. Anilbhai C. Desai||Sewa Rural, Zaghadia||1994 to 2017|
|Dr. Hareshbhai I. Shah||Ankleshwar||1994 to 2005|
|Dr. Ushaben R. Desai||Navsari/Ahmedabad||1994 to 2008|
|Late Dr. Roda K. Patel||USA||2003 to 2011|
|Late Shri Chhaganbhai P. Naik||Gandeva/Surat||2003 to 2016|
|Dr. Ratna Magotra||Mumbai||2008 to 2017|
Gram Seva Foundation, Chicago (USA) is one of our major supporters in all our activities especially for women and children. It was founded by Dr.Roda Patel, her family and friends in 2004.
Dr. Roda Patel – A dedicated paediatrician from Chicago, joined Gram Seva Trust in 1995. She initiated the Child health & Nutrition project, Adolescent Project, Women’s Health Project and Parodh Balawas that are implemented by Gram Seva Trust. For 16 years she rendered voluntary services to implement & develop these projects in Kharel and surrounding villages with the team of Gram Seva Trust.
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Dr. Khushroo Patel - Tel.: +1 847-8097719. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Dinesh Shah - Tel.: +1 708-372-1748. E-Mail: email@example.com
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