About Us Demo

Need for WAIC

Where are India’s Children started as a digital campaign in 2018 July by three adoptive parents. The campaign culminated on November 14th, Children’s day by asking all the campaign registrants to send messages to Women and Child Development authorities with the challenges and solutions plaguing the child protection mechanism. 1200 good Samaritans spend 20 minutes that day and sent messages on November 14th, 2018. Our youngest volunteer was a 12-year-old who made a video – link to the video.

To build on the momentum generated by the campaign, the founders got together to WAIC as an NGO. The name ‘Where are India’s Children’ wasn’t awarded as it read like a question ( a pertinent question nonetheless) . We are registered as Child Welfare and Action Foundation.

Our visions is to ensure every child’s right to a family is fulfilled. Our goal is to ensure long-term changes are made to the adoption ecosystem so that no child languishes in shelters unnecessarily. We strive to ensure every child in shelters is accounted for and reaches a positive outcome in the best interest of the child, including reaching the adoption pool.

Our Mission is to ensure every child in shelters is visible to the authorities through technology. Every child in shelters is evaluated for adoption through policy changes and to bring a sustainable change in the adoption ecosystem through training and public awareness.


WAIC Journey so far

Our Core Values

Empathy –

Empathy for ourselves, empathy for the government, empathy for the children, and empathy for the CCIs is an integral part of our work. We need to be able to understand where each of the stakeholders is operating from.

Learning –

We do not stop learning. We go into every activity, every task, with a premise of learning something new. An attitude of “I know” is detrimental to us an individuals and as well as the organization.

Accountability –

We are accountable for our actions, and work.

Respect –

Respecting ourselves, the team, and all our stakeholders.

Humility –

Being humble is essential and necessary to our work. We are working in this sector because we want to bring about change. Let us always remember who we are working for.

Integrity –

Working with integrity is a major responsibility towards our organization and our stakeholders. At no point should we compromise on this.

Board of Advisors

Sanjay Kanvinde –

is the co-founder of Lavni Ventures. Prior to founding Lavni Ventures, he worked in the Energy Industry, where over different international assignments, he worked in the functional areas of Research & Development, Knowledge Management, Business Development, and Corporate IT Management. Sanjay is also an Angel Investor and mentor to several technology and social-innovation startups. He is actively involved in several charities and social organizations. Sanjay will help drive the fundraising and technology focus for WAIC.

Dr Premnath –

is Head NCL Innovations at CSIR-NCL and Founder Director Venture Center (a National award-winning non-profit inventive enterprises and deep tech incubator). Dr Premnath is a technology developer, innovation and incubation manager, startup mentor and co-founder of 2 medtech startups. He has provided leadership for teams that have won National awards for technology development, intellectual property management and business incubation. Dr Premnath has also helped initiate and coordinate activities for the NGO Asha for Education (funding basic education for underprivileged children in India) in Boston and Pune. He is a chemical engineer and an alumnus of MIT in the US, IIT-Bombay (Distinguished Alumnus, 2022) and has been a Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholar in Cambridge, UK.

Mukund Rathi –

Bachelors of Engineering (Civil) First Class with Distinction from Government College of Engineering, Pune.Topper in Maharashtra Public Service Commission exam 1993.
Worked in various key positions in Government of Maharashtra for 15 years in Urban and Rural areas as Dy Collector, Dy Commissioner Municipal Corporation. Also worked extensively in Yashawantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration, premier Institute for training of senior Government officers and policy making on various Government development areas. Worked in Japan (Okayama) for extensive Urban Management training offered by Government of Japan. After the stint in Government for 15 years, worked with the reputed Corporates at Senior Strategic Positions for 10 years in Mega Urban projects and Infrastructure Projects. Presently Founder Director – BEQ &BN Management Consultants. Associated as growth partners with reputed domestic and International Corporates.

Our Partners

Our Supporters

Our motivation, our validators

Founding Team

Meera Marthi,


Protima Sharma,


Smriti Gupta,


Our Core Team

our background, our strength, our motivation

Sanjay Shetty,

Project Manager


Project Associate, Telangana


Project Associate, Telangana


Project Associate, Maharashtra


Project Associate, Maharashtra


Corporate Support


Project Associate, Maharashtra


Project Associate, Maharashtra


Project Associate, Telangana

Our Volunteers

unconditional supporters




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