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

Anita Pawar

File No.: FWC-110. Gender: Female. Date of Birth: January 10, 1993.

Anita Pawar entered the Aadhar Kendra Sponsorship Programme at the Tadiwala Road slum area (FWC) on June 24, 2002. She studies in the Second Year Bachelor of Commerce at Hujurpaga College, her favourite subject in school is maths and she enjoys reading.

Her family belongs to the Hindu community. Her father, Ravindra, is a labourer and earns Rs. 1000 per month. Her mother passed away in 1995 due to fever. The family owns the house that they live in.

Information about other relatives living with the family:
Grandmother, Sakhubai, is a maid servant.

The family does not receive any other financial help that we are aware of.

Anita’s mother died of a fever in 1995, leaving Anita and her sister Rupali just 11 to be cared for by their father Ravindra, who works as a casual labourer on building sites and earns around Rs.1000 a month. (USD 22 approx). This young family stay with Ravindra’s parents, and therefore are spared of forking out rent money. Anita is a weak child and it must be noted that she underwent open heart surgery when she was a baby, just after she turned one to be exact.

Tadiwala Road, where the family stays, has a population of about 50,000. It is a relatively well-structured slum, however, it faces the same problems and has to deal with issues that are found in the lesser-structured slums in Pune and the country. Alcoholism, AIDS, poor sanitation and hygiene being some of the major issues. Now due to this family's association with Deep Griha, education on these issues and how to combat them is made available and Deep Griha's work at Tadiwala road since 1978 has seen development, maybe fractional in context of the bigger picture, but it has made a difference to thousands of lives.

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.