Dervan village in Konkan is situated in one of the most backward regions of Maharashtra State. In 1977, Revered Shri Vithalrao Joshi alias Shree Digambardas Maharaj established Shri Vithalrao Joshi Charities Trust. He had established the Shree Sant Sitarambuwa Walawalkar Charitable Trust in 1969. These two trusts together brought about a total socio-economic transformation of the village.
Selfless, dedicated devotees of Shree Digambardas Maharaj, under the guidance of his successor, Revered Shree Kaka Maharaj initiated the project of an ultra modern Hospital at Dervan in 1995, with the support of Shri Kamlakarpant Walawalkar, a builder-industrialist by profession, but essentially a philanthropist, who was Managing Trustee of both the TRUSTS. Shri Walawalkar’s contribution in the mission of Shree Digambardas Maharaj was unparalleled and his virtues and selflessness cannot be expressed in words, as all such words would fall far short. Unfortunately, Shri Kamlakarpant Walawalkar did not survive to see the completion of the Hospital project. To cherish his memory, the Hospital was named as BHAKTASHRESHTHA KAMLAKARPANT L. WALAWALKAR HOSPITAL, DIAGNOSTIC AND RESEARCH CENTRE. This is the only project named after him (posthumously), as he strictly avoided any self-publicity during his lifetime.
Purpose of establishing the Hospital is to provide modern medical facilities and best of the medical care to the poor villagers residing around Dervan, in particular and to the entire population in Konkan region in general at highly subsidized rates.
The Trust has initiated several Medical, Educational, Social projects and schemes for the welfare and development of the society as a whole.
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