Aadhar Kendra

In 1989, Deep Griha initiated the Aadhar Kendra Child Sponsorship Programme, to address the specific needs of orphaned children, foster families and single parents in Pune.
Wile Deep Griha reaches out to many children within the community; we have identified a particularly vulnerable group: those children who have lost one or both parents. Although many orphaned children are taken in by extended families, the extra burden on family resources means that they are often required to work, cutting short their childhoods.

A child’s basic needs can be met with a sponsorship sum of Rs. 12,000 per year. Today, 325 children and families benefit from the programme every year. Last year, 164 were girls and 161 were boys.

Sponsored children benefit greatly from your help, but it is vital that you are able to make an ongoing commitment to them. We therefore ask you to maintain your support for a minimum of five years to provide continuity and security.

Methods of support

Each child in our sponsorship programme receives:

  • One balanced, nutrition-rich meal a day
  • Education materials, including books, stationary, school bags and uniforms
  • Clothes and shoes
  • Professional counselling services
  • Medical care: regular check-ups, and treatment when required
  • Extra tuition to support school work
  • Fees for any addition educational courses in which the child wishes to enrol
  • Extra-curricular activities: group outings, including plays, picnics and educational trips
  • Family assistance for unexpected events (for example family illness, damage to the home)
  • Recreational and fun events, such as a birthday party and games days
  • Transportation to and from school
  • Celebrations on popular festivals
  • Monthly awareness programs on various topics such as health, hygiene, abuse and more 

Building Relationships

Deep Griha encourages an interactive relationship between the sponsor and the child. The following measures are taken to ensure that such a relationship is maintained:

  • Exchange of letters: this is a good way for both the sponsor and the child to learn about each other and keep in touch. Letters are translated if needed.
  • Sponsors receive an annual academic progress report, as well as an end-of-year update on the child’s general development and well being.
  • Sponsors can meet their children when convenient for both.
  • Hand-made cards are sent to the sponsors by the children on particular festivals. 

Brighter Futures

The Aadhar Kendra programme wants to provide their children with the best possible start to their life. In an increasingly globalised world, English-medium education has become vital for children to be able to progress. Deep Griha therefore asks the sponsors to consider supporting their sponsored child through a private, English-medium education. School fees are approximately Rs. 5000 per year. This cost is not covered by a basic sponsorship, but is a voluntary additional contribution made by individual sponsors.

 

If you are interested in sponsoring a child, or wish to renew your sponsorship, please contact us at:
aadharkendra@gmail.com


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