Aadhar Kendra Sponsorship Programme
Deep Griha Society, 13, Tadiwala Road, Pune 411 001, Maharashtra, India

Ajay Vatharkar

File No.: DAK-104. Gender: Male. Date of Birth: May 05, 1994.

Ajay Vatharkar entered the Aadhar Kendra Sponsorship Programme at the Bibwewadi slum area (DAK) on October 24, 2005. He studies in the First year Bachelor of Commerce at Shree Sadhu Mandir College, his favourite subject in school is english and he enjoys drawing. He is in very good health.

His father, Shrisail Vatharkar, had a fatal accident on 19 January, 2005. He was a construction labourer and used to earn Rs. 4000 per month. His mother, Ambika Vatharkar, is a domestic maid and earns Rs. 700 per month. The family owns the house that they live in. They have lived here since about 1989.

Information about other relatives living with the family:
Brother, Vijay Vatharkar, is educated upto the 1st standard. (Date of birth: November 12, 1998)
Sister, Bhagyashree Vatharkar, is educated upto the 5th standard. (Date of birth: June 21, 1996)

The family receives help from school in the form of books, bags.

Ajay's mother is now the sole breadwinner after the death of her husband. She earns a very meagre salary which is not sufficient to support their family of four.They take loan from different people to run the monthly expenses over and above Ajay's mother's income.

The Bibwewadi community, where the family stays, has a population of about 30,000. It is one of the poorest slum communities in the city of Pune. Deep Griha has been working here since 1984 and the slum received official 'slum status' only in 1999. Until then they had no amenities whatsoever and the water was often a couple of kilometers away. Today taps are located at strategic points and community toilets and baths are nearing completion. We hope that the conditions at Bibwewadi continue to improve.

The Aadhar Kendra (meaning support center in Marathi) programme was designed to see to the education of the child, it is our responsibility to see that his or her academic life is not overshadowed by the concerns and circumstances of home. The AK programme also reassures the family that we are committed to see the child educated. Most often the financial burden of school, the costs it involves make the family stop educating their child/children. Where the next meal comes from takes precedence over buying schoolbooks or pens etc. This is understandable, that is why we provide for all the child's educational needs, thus taking the pressure of the family. The child will also receive free nutrition at our nutrition centre and also free medical care and regular medical check ups. The family will also be assisted during any time of crisis.

We strive towards the holistic development of the children and we will do our best to make sure that they have every available opportunity before them. We hope that you will work with us, as we try to make a difference in their future.