About Us


All of Deep Griha Society's programs and initiatives focus on creating sustainable changes with long-lasting positive effects on communities. Deep Griha's work encompasses three broad areas:



Deep Griha has been making a difference in individuals' lives for over 35 years. The organization was started in 1975, when Dr. Neela Onawale and her husband Rev. Bhaskar Onawale (left) began a one-room clinic to treat the residents of Pune’s marginalized communities. With the help of likeminded friends, they established Deep Griha Society as an independent charitable organization and began operations in July of that year. Within two years it was serving more than 100 people a day.

Since then, Deep Griha has constantly expanded and adapted its services to serve the disadvantaged community, now operating centers in three slum areas in Pune as well as projects in two rural communities. Deep Griha USA supports Deep Griha Society by encouraging Americans to learn about Pune's marginalized communities and to get involved in Deep Griha's efforts to create lasting and positive change.

In addition, Deep Griha's work is supported by a number of organizations, including:

First Community Church, Columbus, Ohio
First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio
Dublin Community Church, Dublin, Ohio
Median Rotary Club, Medina, Ohio
Rotary Club of Upper Arlington, Upper Arlington, Ohio
Rotary Club of Dublin, AM, Dublin, Ohio
Raleigh Mennonite Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
United Church of Christ Headquarters, Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio