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

Rakesh Palimkar

File No.: FWC-371. Gender: Male. Date of Birth: July 13, 2000.

Rakesh Palimkar entered the Aadhar Kendra Sponsorship Programme at the Tadiwala Road slum area (FWC) on February 16, 2011. He studies in the 6th standard at Zilla Parishad Primary School, his favourite subject in school is english and he enjoys playing cricket. He is in good health.

His family belongs to the Hindu-Lingaayat community. His father, Govind, passed away in December 2010 due to aids. He was educated upto the 8th standard. (Date of birth: December 12, 1970). His mother, Laxmi, is a fruit seller and is educated upto the 1st standard and earns Rs. 3000 per month. (Date of birth: July 04, 1973). The family owns the house that they live in. They have lived here for Last 35 Years.

Information about other relatives living with the family:
Sister, Reshma, is Studying in 9th. (Date of birth: October 02, 1996)
Sister, Sushma, is Studying in 7th. (Date of birth: June 03, 1999)

Other than use of Aadhar Kendra facilities, the family also currently receives help from Deep Griha Society in the form of nutrition from disha.

Tragedy of Palimkar family is very bad, Rakesh lost his father in December 2010 he is HIV positive and alcoholic. The responsibility of all 3 children fell on the only earning member Rakesh’s mother Laxmi who sells fruit on street and earns Rs 3000/- appox per month, which is not at all sufficient to support children education and to feed them. Rakesh house is small and is made of tin sheets with only few utensils in kitchen to cook day to day food. Rakesh is clever in his studies and is hard working too, but needs guidance and support. Considering the family condition we have enrolled Rakesh into Aadhar Kendra sponsorship programme so that with our support he could complete his education.

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.