“Warrior Aaji” promotes for govt scheme

The livelihood opportunities for octogenarian Shantabai Balu Pawar got stalled due to COVID-19 led lockdown. A resident of Gosavi, Hadapsar in Pune, she restarted to perform on the streets during the lockdown and soon turned into an internet sensation.

The staff of the Foundation provided required information on scheme and sought her help to in the awareness promotion. The social media tagged her as “Warrior Aaji” as she twirled her sticks “lathi kathi” with unusual dexterity to create awareness on benefits of various government welfare schemes. like Pradhan Mantri Aarogya Bima Yojana and other schemes.

“Warrior Aaji” promotes for govt scheme

From one family to another

Two brothers’ journey from a child care institute to a foster family

India is home to 20 million orphans with only 611 orphanages to accommodate this ever-increasing number. Samaj Suraksha Sankul, a public-private partnership (PPP) between Deepak Foundation and Dept. of Social Justice and Empowerment, is home to more than 150 such children. Sankul facilitated Gujarat’s first ever foster care case, where a 14 years old orphan was taken into foster care by one of Deepak Foundation’s team member.

Foster care is a family based non-institutional child care program that provides substitute care for children who are abandoned, have no biological family to take care of them or are removed from their families after experiencing abuse or neglect. In November 2020, 2 such brothers, Raju and Ravi (names changed) aged 14 and 16 years respectively, living in Sankul, where matched with a foster family.

Raju and Ravi, had been brought up in extreme poverty with no education, proper nutrition, health and hygiene, housing and sanitation. Their parents passed away when they were less than 10 years old and had been living in Sankul since 2014. On the other hand, Prajapati family (foster family) had lost both their sons, who were young adults, in an accident and hence decided to fill the void by taking in orphans whom they can educate and treat as their own.

“It is a bitter sweet feeling for Deepak Foundation when children, who have become part of our family, leave the institution. However, we know there is a bond between us and our children that will never break no matter where they go.”

Deepak Foundation has independently created a monitoring and inspection framework to ensure that children and family get all the support they need after the children have been handed over to their foster families.

From one family to another

Asha Worker: Breaking All Stereotypes

Premilaben Damor from Panchmahudi, Bhiloda. In 2007 she joined as an ASHA worker, she has faced many ups and downs as an ASHA worker in her village but still she did not lose hope and continued working as an ASHA worker. She has proved, that humanity and compassion still prevails, irrespective of the gender or any other social barriers.

Project ASHA Training

National Level Rating Chess tournament

Aniket Patni student of Sankul School and Resource Center won 1 st price in under 17 chess competition at Chennai Fide Rating National Level Chess Tournament for visually impaired . The tournament was  organized by Tamilnadu Braille Chess Association from 27 th Dec to 31 st Dec2019. Aniket played total 9 rounds in which he won by 5.5 points with highest rating. Total 180 visually impaired from all over India participated in which 100 were rated player from India. Now after winning this tournament Aniket has open the doors for him to play international level tournaments.

Samaj Suraksha Sankul

Naki Rabari writes her future with CCCH course

Hailing from Anjar Bhuj, Gujarat, Naki Rabari completed her graduation from GMN Nursing College in Lakhond Bhuj in 2017. She joined the Certificate Course for Community Health run by Deepak Foundation.

Despite being a mother of a10-month-old baby, Naki decided to pursue the course. Her grit and confidence never stopped her from completing the course. She was facing family-related problems when she had to miss a few classes. She gradually covered the course with the help of her batchmates and teaching faculty. On completion of the course, she is posted at the Community Health Office in Anjar taluka. She is the first woman from her village who took the plunge of enrolling in six months course, leaving behind her infant child with her parents.

Certificate Course for Community Health (CCCH)

11-year tobacco addict’s road to recovery successful

11-year-old Sameer Rathodiya (name changed), native of Por village, Vadodara district has been addicted to tobacco chewing ever since he was 5-year-old.  A student of class 5, lives Navinanagri slums where major percent of the population are daily wagers. Mahesh started chewing Tobacco when he was 5-year-old. Deepak foundation works in collaboration with Godrej (Cartiny) in this area for women empowerment and child life skill development. The Foundation conducts awareness and counselling sessions for adolescents and young adults for their development, education health, nutrition, hygiene (WASH), environment issues, life-skills and various career options. Through Deepak Foundation’s intervention, counselling of more than 70 children between the age group 10 to 18 years. Now Sameer regularly attends these sessions and with Foundation’s constant intervention, he has abandoned the habit of chewing tobacco.

11-year tobacco addict’s road to recovery successful

Toddler receives critical cardiac care

Five-year-old Anita(name changed) was diagnosed with heart murmur during one of the health checkup camps conducted by Deepak foundation in Balwadi in Pune, Maharashtra. Deepak Foundation extended support and financial assistance to the parents. The doctor counselled her mother for referral visit to Budhrani Hospital. Post diagnosis tests, two holes in the heart was confirmed. Budhrani Hospital Trust waived off the costs Rs 4.5 lakh under various government schemes and private aids. When she was admitted to the hospital for surgery, the pre-operative angiography revealed the critical condition of the patient. As a result of post-surgery complications, Anushka developed kidney infection. With constant follow up and counselling from Foundation’s staff, Anita is recovering.

Project: Pune Balwadi

Nainaben sets a new benchmark by foraying into tourism-oriented marketing

Rural women are key agents for achieving the transformational economic, environmental, and social changes required for sustainable development. In the remote locations of Chhota Udepur district, with the social, technological, and economical inclusion of rural, tribal women are carving a new identity by using purposeful design of activities and institutional support. Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) has supported Deepak Foundation to undertake a project on building the capacity of tribal women farmers. This project is designed to include women in mainstream knowledge system, skills system, technological system, market sphere and thus contribute to a sustainable livelihood.

Starting with voluntary participation in training to exhibiting integration of the supply chain management and downstream market, the Board of Directors and members of Krushak Mahila Khet Utpadak Producer Company Ltd are the champions of change.

They have translated the participatory learnings of training by demonstrating their leadership in operating sales kiosk supported by Deepak Group of Companies and marketing the products of their company- Instant Khichadi, pulses, various flours, and spices near Devalia. With the help of institutional support and strategic alliance, these women have acquired the technological knowledge for developing products, creating business development and marketing plan.

Nainaben sets new benchmark by foraying into tourism oriented marketing

Escaped abusive marriage to carve new niche

Fahima(name changed) former student of the Home Health Aide course hails from an economically weak section in Chintal, Hyderabad in Telangana. She had been subjected to domestic violence in her married life since her spouse was a compulsive alcoholic. She also survived a suicide attempt. She later joined the Home Health Aide course and got successfully placed at the Raghavendra Hospital with a promising package as paramedical staff.


Escaped abusive marriage to carve new niche