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

Kahjappa Jadhav

File No.: FWC-416. Gender: Male. Date of Birth: November 19, 1997.

Kahjappa Jadhav entered the Aadhar Kendra Sponsorship Programme at the Tadiwala Road slum area (FWC) on October 06, 2012. He studies in the 7th standard at Zilla Parishad Primary School, his favourite subject in school is science and he enjoys playing football. He is in good health.

His family belongs to the Hindu community. His father, Sanjay, had a fatal heart attack in June 2009. He was a plumbur. His mother, Shobha, is a maid servant. The family does not own the house that they live in and they have to pay a monthly rent.

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

Tragedy of Jadhav family is sad; Kahjappa lost his father due to heart attack leaving 2 children a wife behind. After fatherís death the family was homeless and his mother was jobless. Now his mother is working as a maid servant and stays in the same house where she works she is not paid for the work. Now the responsibility of the two has been taken by the sponsorship programme and Kahjappa (with the permission of his family) have been moved to City of Child, Kasurdi. City of Child is a serene place for living, loving and learning. Located in 14 acres of farmland in Kasurdi, 45km from Pune, City of Child has been designed to provide a safe place for destitute women and children. The land was purchased by Deep Griha Society in 1995. It was initially used for agriculture until sufficient funds had been raised to start construction. This began in January 2000. Kahjappa seems to have settled down there pretty well.

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.