Dr. Swathi Khan
Dr. Swathi Khan, is as pleasant and loving as she looks. Her smile can heal almost anything and for everything else is her degree in Naturopathy. Besides being a mother of two, she also runs the Kashinath Patil Hospital in Bhiwandi. Her proximity to the lifestyle and issues of Bhiwandi gives her a very unique perspective into its solutions too.
Swathi has always had a soft spot for helping the community around her. This personality trait found its own light when she started the Shree Sai Sewa Sanstha in 2016 to help the sex workers, particularly in Hanuman Tekdi in Bhiwandi. This is when she realized the magnitude of the problem isn’t the profession but the lack of dignity and positive life choices. The sex workers were in large numbers and most of them had very young children who were trapped in the middle of a very dangerous industry. Eventually, at the request of the sex workers, who themselves identified the benefits of a day care centre, and her own experience in the field, Dr. Swathi envisioned starting Aashiyana Home, and ever since then, there has been no turning back.
Pawan is a 27 year old, social worker, with a million dollar smile, who was born and raised in Bhiwandi. His aptitude for social work and altruism started at a very young age. He has volunteered and helped organize multiple donation drives when he was in school. In college, while pursuing a Bachelors degree in Commerce, he conducted a lot of outreach programs for people with HIV. The enormity of the issues related to HIV in Bhiwandi then became clear to him. He continued working in the field in every capacity possible. He started out conducting surveys of kids in Bhiwandi for World Vision. He also worked with the Family Planning Association of India as an HIV counselor and is presently a Project Co-ordinator for Aarju Foundation. It is during his work that he met Dr. Swathi. Pawan’s life-changing moment came to him when he had to notify a young college student that he has HIV and would require another test. He soon found out that the stress of the news, pushed the student to commit suicide. Pawan realized that this is just one of the many stories that happen on a daily basis and that there is still an opportunity to break that cycle by intervening at the root level – children who are surrounded by this vulnerability. He is now a very integral part of bringing Aashiyana Home to fruition.
He loves creative work, and considers himself to be an ace photographer. He is great with kids and can keep them engaged for hours with fun, productive activities and endless stories. He has always had a dream of starting an orphanage for kids from disenfranchised backgrounds and that dream saw a true path when he met Dr. Swathi during one of his many volunteer activities. We believe Prabhu can do anything with a smile on his face. He helps raise funds, spread awareness, bring in more volunteers, do research, and remain a dedicated member of this team.