Socio-Economic Development Trust SEDT

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Socio Economic Development Trust, known as SEDT, is a leading NGO based in Kerwadi, a small village in the Parbhani District of the Marathwada Region of Maharashtra . It was established as an autonomous institution under The Society Registration Act of 1860, No. PBN 5/76, & under Public Trust Act No. F175 … (background 1/2).

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Address: SEDT, Mangalmurthi Complex, B412/B3, Sinhagad Road, Pune 411 030, India;
Contact: +91 98224 22444, or by e-mail.

Background 2/2: … Established in the year 1980, it has done revolutionary work, since its inception, in the field of Child Rights , Child Labour eradication, Women’s Empowerment and Environmental issues, in 200 villages in the vicinity of Kerwadi, in Palam and Gangakhed Talukas. In the last 5 years our area of work has grown from this small block to 5 districts in the state. Steps have already been taken to take our mission to the state level very soon. 

Socio Economic Development Trust (SEDT) was established on 10 th May 1980 with the dream of providing a home to destitute children of the rural areas of Parbhani district. It began its work with a hostel and other institutional care facilities for orphans, or children from poor or broken families and this place was called ‘Swapnabhoomi’ or ‘Dreamland’.

As it came in close contact with the realities of these children, the SEDT team increasingly felt the need to work with the community. Thus, we began work in the neighbouring villages, with a view to build community contact and understand the local issues. Within a period of 3 years from the inception, we had initiated programmes like immunization, community health with a focus on women and awareness generation with a clear community development approach.

As we gained experience, we developed our own perspective on ‘Development’, and our programmes and strategies became more and more focused. We worked primarily with women, children, youth and farmers, building community structures, strengthening them and building their capacities. We believe that people shape their own future, and our own role is to act as facilitators for the empowerment of the people.

At this juncture, apart from our institution for destitute children, SEDT has on-going projects aimed at:

  • Elimination of Child Labour.
  • Providing Non Formal Education to children who have dropped out of school.
  • Promoting Universalisation of Elementary Education (UEE) in over 360 villages intensively in the Parbhani district and in 4 other districts of the Marathwada region.
  • Watershed development and water harvesting programmes in drought prone areas.
  • Income Generation Programmes for women from economically backward groups.

Apart from these programmes, we are also members of and play a leading role in state level networks. We have been the co-ordinators of ‘Sarvat Aadhi Shikshan’ (Education First), a state level campaign stressing on primary education for every child, from its inception in 1997. SEDT’s founder member, Suryakant Kulkarni, is also the Secretary of ‘Maharashtra Gramin Vikas Sanstha Parishad’, a state level federation of voluntary agencies working for rural development. We also initiated and co-ordinated the earthquake relief co-ordination committee after the earthquake stuck in Latur in 1993. Earlier, we were the co-ordinators of the Marathwada Eco Group, a network of NGOs formed to fight the drought in Marathwada.

Many Indian and overseas funding organizations have aided us and we have developed lasting relations of trust and integrity with them. Government has been instrumental in furthering many of our projects, not only in monetary ways, but also by devising and implementing several pro-development schemes. Many individuals, from all strata of the society, have volunteered and offered help of all kinds and helped us in our mission. Last but the not the least, our staff has always been committed and has made tireless efforts to further our cause at all times.


Our Team List –

Member Name – Designation – Qualification
Pralhad Panchal – Administrative – B.A.
Dhondiram Sarang – Administrative – B.E. (Civil Water Management)
Ramaji Jadhav – Member – –
Nandkumar Joshi- Member – –
Deepak Dudhale Member – M.A. Economics
Narayan Phad – Member -  –
Shaikh Musa – Member – M.S.W.
Swati Dudhale – Member – M.A.(Economics)


Partners –

The following NGOs have been our associates in the PACS project for Child Rights and Child Labour Eradication:

Area DistrictsPartnerNo. of Villages

Marathwada Region

  • Aurangabad  – SEVA, Aurangabad  – 10 Slums in the City
  • Beed – Vivekvardhini, Beed  – City & All Rural Blocks
  • Latur – Navnirman Pratishthan, Latur  – City & All Rural Blocks
  • Nanded  – Pariwar Pratishthan  – City & All Rural Blocks

Parbhani District’s blocks

  • Palam  – Sahamati, Palam  20 Villages
  • Sonpeth  – WE-(WomenEmpowerment), Gangakhed  – 20 Villages
  • Selu  – Mahatma Phule Sevabhavi Sanstha, Dhanegaon  – 20 Villages
  • Manwat – Yogeshwari Arogya & Shikshan Prasarak Mandal  – 20 Villages
  • Purna – Dishan Gram Vikas Pratishthan, Parbhani  – 20 Villages
  • Jintur – Acharya Narendradev Shaikshanik Samajik Arthik Vikas Sanshodhan Prakalp  – 20 Villages
  • Pathari  – Janwadi Gram Vikas Pratishthan  – 20 Villages
  • Parbhani  – VIKALP India , Parbhani  – 20 Villages

Network Partners

SEDT is involved in many of the Networks in Maharashtra . It is an active member of number of networks and also has promoted a few networks:

  • Maharashtra Gramin Vikas Sanstha Parishad: The Executive Director of SEDT is the Founder member of this Network with more than 150 NGO partners all over Maharashtra . The Network is accredited by the membership of persons like Anna Hajare, well-known social activist of Maharashtra and Madhukarao Choudhary, ex-education Minister of Maharashtra.
  • Marathwada Eco Group: This Network is a group of 20 NGOs who are concerned about the environmental degradation. They meet regularly to discuss issues related with the environment.
  • AFARM : SEDT is member of the AFARM Network for the last 10 years. The executive director, Shree Suryakant Kulkarni, was the member of the executive committee of AFARM and is active in its key decisions.
  • Education First: SEDT is an active member of the Network called Sarvat Adhi Shikshan [Education First]. Shree Suryakant Kulkarni is state coordinator of the Maharashtra Chapter for last 4 years for this Network.
  • RIOAD: SEDT is also member of the international Network RIOAD. Shree Suryakant Kulkarni is the President of the Maharashtra Chapter.
  • VANI Network: SEDT is a member of VANI Network for the last 10 years.


Work of the Volunteers –

  • The volunteers can help us in the field of their choice or expertise. Experts from all professions – be it doctors, engineers, artists, musicians, politicians, filmmakers, scientists or bankers – are all welcome. We will find a task for all, as the scope of our projects covers almost all fields. What we really require is the educated people and the intellectuals to contribute some time for the benefit of the development of the rural regions.
  • For youngsters, we are soon launching our new project called Swadesh . In this project, we invite enthusiastic youngsters to dedicate one or two years of their lives, as internship to their education, to the development of our nation. The youngsters are expected to stay in the rural region and work for the betterment of the villagers with the aid of our on-going projects under our guidance. We will provide all the required training and the financial support for this task.
    I Would Like To Volunteer


Donate –

Donations are exempted 50% from Income Tax U/S 80 G of Income Tax Act.
Check/D.D can be drawn in the name of ‘Socio Economic Development Trust’.

For Dreamland:

  • Daily expenses of all children at Dreamland are approximately Rs.2000/-. On any day of your choice, for instance on some beloved person’s birthday, you can donate Rs.2000/- as your contribution.
  • You can also make a one-time donation of Rs.20,000/-. The amount will be deposited in a Bank and the interest will be utilized to meet one day’s expenses. A receipt will be issued to you every year for the interest used.
  • One glass of milk for all children per day costs Rs.250/-. The monthly expenses of milk are Rs.10000/-. Once a year if you can contribute this amount, expenses on milk for the month can be easily met with.
  • You can also contribute by donating clothes, books, scientific toys, notebooks, pots and utensils, schoolbags, blankets, etc.

For Other projects:

  • To rehabilitate a student who has quit school, special bridge courses, vocational trainings, entrepreneurial skills development trainings, etc. are organized. You can help one such student to rehabilitate be donating Rs.30,000/- to cover his expenses for one year.
  • A family surviving below poverty level requires Rs.40,000/- to be given as loan, so that it can rehabilitate by investing that money in a profit-making unit.

For more details please go to “How you can help” ( at home page, in that we given all our future plans and projects, where we need your support.


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