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

Laxmi Khetre

File No.: FWC-140. Gender: Female. Date of Birth: August 30, 2002.

Laxmi Khetre entered the Aadhar Kendra Sponsorship Programme at the Tadiwala Road slum area (FWC) on September 20, 2003. She studies in the 4th standard at Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Primary School and her favourite subject in school is marathi. She is in good health.

Her father, Arjun Khetre, is educated upto the 2nd standard earns Rs. 1000 per month. He is addicted to alcoholic. Her mother, Kamal Khetre, earns Rs. 1000 per month. The family owns the house that they live in. They have lived here since about 1975.

Information about other relatives living with the family:
Sister, Ambika Khetre, is Studying in 4th.
Sister, Sangita Khetre, is Studying in 5th.
Sister, Yallama Khetre, is educated upto the 4th standard.

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

Lakshmi’s parents are both labourers and have four children. They are very poor and they don’t even have a proper stove-they use a coal or wood stove. Due to this there is a lot of smoke and the house is very dirty and unhygienic. They live very close to the river hence there are a lot of mosquitoes. Lakshmi’s father is an alcoholic and so there is uncertainty about his job.due to this Lakshmi’s mother has to look after her four children, they don’t have proper nutrition or education and the children are undernourished. Three of her daughters attend the classes held by Deep Griha while Lakshmi is in the Creshe.

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.