Pune-based enthusiasts come together to provide educational support to rural children

The sponsorship initiative basically focusses on girls’ access to basic education.

pune Updated: Jul 22, 2018 16:13 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Neelam Tuteja, founder, Karishmaa Care Foundation, with students of several local schools in Beed. Her organisation is currently sponsoring over 300 children of farmers. (HT Photo)

Since 2015, Neelam Tuteja, founder, Karishmaa Care Foundation, has been working diligently for the underprivileged in rural Maharashtra and urban slums.

“Our sponsorship initiative basically focusses on girls’ access to basic education. The other areas that we provide assistance include donating grains and water through tankers, tree plantation, seed and fertiliser donation to farmers and holding heath check-ups. We also provide notebooks and stationery to over 17,000 children from various villages of Marathwada and are sponsoring 300 girl children of farmers living below the poverty line,” said Tuteja.

The complete kit sponsored to 300 girls includes notebook stationary for a whole year, new clothes (three sets), shoes, slippers, and grains for a year.

Providing skilful training

Punyadham Ashram, founded by Maa Krishna Kashyap, has been working towards providing higher education for girls and boys who have finished Class 10. For 15 years, they have been bearing the education expense of 20-30 students who are willing to pursue college.

Maa Amita Baindur, chief coordinator, Punyadham Ashram, said, “We pick deserving students who are keen on completing their education. They hail from areas such as Gadchiroli, Nagpur, Amravati and certain rural spots. Here, they are groomed for other skills too, thus enabling them to be ready to make a livelihood.”

The boys are admitted in Netaji Subhashchandra Bose boys’ military school in Phulgaon, Haveli Pune; and Lokseva english medium school (Phulgaon) are for girls. “We run skill development courses for the underprivileged girls to make them independent,” said Maa Krishna Kashyap, chairperson, Punyadham Ashram.

Ensuring help reaches

We organise counselling sessions and notebook stationary distribution in around 50 village such as Beed, Koregaon Chumbh, Shirpur, Sangavi, Kasewadi and more. “We personally meet and counsel the recipients to ensure the donations reach the right beneficiary. My passion and love to support and serve the underprivileged prompted me to generate funds by undertaking our own events like exhibitions, marathons, walkathons; and from programmes conducted by our friends to support the NGO,” Tuteja said.

Touching lives

Touch A Life Foundation, founded by entrepreneur couple Naresh and Seema Surana, and represented by Neha Pawar, has reached out to 2,200 kids in 2017, and 3,000 kids in 2018. Pawar said, “Our research showed us that maximum dropouts happen because parents cannot afford their education after school. So we stepped in and started supporting kids with their education after Class 8. We make sure that no child has to quit studying because of shortage of money. We have also started an online portal called Touchalife.hk, where students, schools, NGOs, volunteers, and donors can join and connect with each other. In the portal, schools can also request infrastructure. We recently had a request for washrooms in one of our partner schools.”

They have reached out to 25 schools from 23 villages from the districts of Beed, Satara, Saswad and Junnar. “Our funds come from the founder of Touch A Life Foundation (TALF), Naresh Surana from Hong Kong. Other NGOs, who are helping the project are Sarjan Charity Foundation (Hong Kong), and Panama Foundation and With Love For You Charitable Foundation, which are headquartered in Pune.

First Published: Jul 22, 2018 16:11 IST