Why we are here?

Partnering with over 200 like-minded NGOs, ApnaDesh has impacted over 1 lakh rural citizens, evident in over 3,000 documented success stories. The partnerships are expanding with more and more change agents signing up to better the world around them, readying ApnaDesh to merge national and international borders towards garnering equitable living.

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In 1987, a young IAS officer, Bharat Lal Meena, wished to make a change and well, he did just that. With this thought, began the ‘ApnaDesh’ (Our Country) movement, which went on to be registered as a not for profit organisation in 1991.
Having understood the philosophy of democracy as a movement, Meena inspired citizens in rural Karnataka, India – where his official postings led him — to take the onus of development unto themselves.
Right from access to clean water to enriching the lives of women and children in society and providing better facilities towards enabling education and neo literacy initiatives in rural pockets.

“It is important that people – our citizens – take it upon themselves to see change around them. If the onus to keep a place clean or save energy is upon the people, then they would definitely take pride in themselves, as they have been the key stakeholders of this development. This is the essence of ApnaDesh.”

--- Bharat Lal Meena