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

Onkar Agale

File No.: JDP-119. Gender: Male. Date of Birth: March 15, 1999.

Onkar Agale entered the Aadhar Kendra Sponsorship Programme at the Ramtekadi slum area (JDP) on March 13, 2004. He studies in the 7th standard at Zilla Parishad Primary School and his favourite subject in school is marathi. He is in good health.

His father passed away in November 2001 due to asthma attack. His mother, Nanda Kisan Aagle, is a ragpicker and earns Rs. 600 per month. The family owns the house that they live in. They have lived here since about 1965.

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

Onkarís family is in a difficult situation. Onkarís father died, leaving his mother to support the family. She is a rag-picker, and thus earns a meagre Rs. 600 every month, a sum hardly sufficient to meet all the expenses. we (with the permission of his family) have moved him to City of Child, Kasurdi. City of Child is a serene place for living, loving and learning. Located in 14 acres of farmland in Kasudi, 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. Onkar seems to have settled down there pretty well.

The Ramtekadi area, where the family stays, is situated on the periphery of the city of Pune. It has an approximate population of 40,000. It is relatively well structured and is recognized by the government. As a result, it has basic amenities that communities like this require living in a concentrated mass. Deep Griha has been working here since 1979.

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.