BIGGER THAN LIFE : SUPPORT A LIFE


Name: Simon Vishwakarma

Age: 20 years

Grade (Standard): Not attending school

Parental Status: Father is deceased. Mother runs the house.

Brief history: Nirmala (the mother) earns through a local snack business, around Rs. 200-300 per day. She has six children (two girls are married), two boys stay with sisters, who work as laborers, and other two boys (Simon and Sonu) stay with her but don't go to school. Simon is mentally retarded and often runs away from home.

Requirements: Simon’s education and mental well being is a challenge as their expenditure is more than the income, with a monthly requirement of Rs. 8000-10000.

Name: Sonu Vishwakarma

Age: 12 years

Grade (Standard): Not attending school

Parental Status: Father is deceased. Mother runs the house.

Brief history: Nirmala (the mother) earns through a local snack business, around Rs. 200-300 per day. She has six children (two girls are married), two boys stay with sisters, who work as laborers, and other two boys (Simon and Sonu) stay with her but don't go to school.

Requirements: Sonu’s education is a challenge as their expenditure is more than the income, with a monthly requirement of Rs. 8000-10000.

Name: Vansh Jadhav

Age: 11 years

Grade (Standard): 6th Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: Mentally handicapped child since birth. Underwent 2 surgeries and was bedridden for 2 years after the first operation. Extremely poor family. Father does small jobs to sustain his family including 3 more children. Mother is physically weak and falls ill frequently. It is observed that Vansh has a sharp mind and a very good memory, he doesn’t give up, keeps on trying

Requirements: The challenge is that Vansh has 2 rods inserted in his body which needs to be removed through surgeries as his body is growing. He also needs a good psychiatrist for further development of his mental and physical being.

Name: Raunak Virumgamiya

Age: 7 years

Grade (Standard): 1st Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: Raunak’s father Santosh is bedridden since 7 years as his spinal cord was broken during an accident. Raunak’s mother, Kanchan, has a tumour which needs immediate diagnosis. Very poor family and is alive on daily wages earned by grandmother Lalita. Raunak is an aspiring boy and wants to study further. They live in a rented house.

Requirements: The challenges are Raunak’s school and tuition fee, Santosh’s medical expenses, Kanchan’s medical expenses and a sustainable income for the family.

Name: Kumud Tambe

Age: 13 years

Grade (Standard): 7th Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive.

Brief history: There are 6 members in her family. Kumud’s father is unemployed and an alcoholic. Her mother is a houseworker and a sole income earner. Whole family is dependent on her mother. Her grandmother (80 years old) is sick and bedridden. They live in a rented weakly built (Kaccha) house. She has 2 younger sisters. There are constant fights in the family due to money issues which affects the mental health of the children.

Requirements: The challenges are Kumud’s school, tuition fees and a stable source of income for her further education. She requires proper healthcare facilities as she is approaching her puberty age.

Name: Gautami Tambe

Age: 9 years

Grade (Standard): 4th Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: There are 6 members in her family. Gautami’s father is unemployed and an alcoholic. Her mother is a houseworker and a sole income earner. Whole family is dependent on her mother. Her grandmother (80 years old) is sick and bedridden. They live in a rented weakly built (Kaccha) house. She has 2 sisters. There are constant fights in the family due to money issues which affects the mental health of the children.

Requirements: The challenges are Gautami’s school, tuition fees and a stable source of income for her further education. She requires proper healthcare facilities as well.

Name: Kunjal Tambe

Age: 6 years

Grade (Standard): 1st Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: There are 6 members in her family. Kunjal’s father is unemployed and an alcoholic. Her mother is a houseworker and a sole income earner. Whole family is dependent on her mother. Her grandmother (80 years old) is sick and bedridden. They live in a rented weakly built (Kaccha) house. She has 2 sisters. There are constant fights in the family due to money issues which affects the mental health of the children.

Requirements: The challenges are Kunjal’s school, tuition fees and a stable source of income for her further education. She requires proper healthcare facilities as well.

Name: Anu Thatera

Age: 17 years

Grade (Standard): 12th Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: Anu stays with her aunt in Mumbai. Her parents stay in UP and are vegetable vendors. Anu’s education expense is borne by her aunt. Her aunt has a small source of income generated by her snack stall. Aunt’s husband is an alcoholic and is unemployed. Anu has 2 brothers and 4 sisters who stay in UP. She attends a local college. Her parents are not able to contribute towards her expense.

Requirements: The challenge is that Anu requires funding for her further education. There is also a need for sustainable source of income for the family.

Name: Siddharth Chandeliya

Age: 12 years

Grade (Standard): Not attending school

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: Father (Vedpal) is a mall house-keeper. He took a loan in Haryana two years back of Rs. 3 lakhs. His income is insufficient for the expenses and to repay the loan. Children used to go school two years back, right now they don’t, because monthly fee is Rs. 350 per month excluding academic fees. They live in a rented house.

Requirements: The challenge is Siddharth’s school and tuition fee, a sustainable income for the family and paying off the loan.

Name: Kartiki Raute

Age: 10 years

Grade (Standard): 4th Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: Kartiki lives with her parents and her elder sister. Her father is an uneducated construction worker. He suffers from alcohol and smoking addiction. Not only does he not care about the children but also quarrels and beats his wife. Her mother does not work and is unaware of the whereabouts of her husband as he goes missing often. As a result, they might get evicted and would have to shift to another slum.

Requirements: The challenges are that with the lack of money, she might have to discontinue her education. Her mental as well as physical health is affected by the turbulent environment she is growing up in.

Name: Lakshmi Raute

Age: 10 years

Grade (Standard): 4th Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: : Lakshmi lives with her parents and her younger sister. Her father is an uneducated construction worker. He suffers from alcohol and smoking addiction. Not only does he not care about the children but also quarrels and beats his wife. Her mother does not work and is unaware of the whereabouts of her husband as he goes missing often. As a result, they might get evicted and would have to shift to another slum.

Requirements: The challenges are that with the lack of money, she might have to discontinue her education. Her mental as well as physical health is affected by the turbulent environment she is growing up in.

Name: Afsana Khatun

Age: 15 years

Grade (Standard): 10th Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: She lives with her parents and 3 siblings in the slums. Her family has an inhouse shop for waste material. She is studying in a Government school and gets tuition at BTL Balwadi. There are no savings in the family for her future. Their current house might get demolished due to road construction. Her mother is extremely unwell and cannot support the family financially.

Requirements: Because of poor financial conditions, she might have to discontinue her education. There is no money for her mother’s treatment.

Name: Ruksana Khatun

Age: 10 years

Grade (Standard): 5th Std

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: She lives with her parents and 3 siblings in the slums. Her family has an inhouse shop for waste material. She is studying in a Government school and gets tuition at BTL Balwadi. There are no savings in the family for her future. Their current house might get demolished due to road construction. Her mother is extremely unwell and cannot support the family financially.

Requirements: Because of poor financial conditions, she might have to discontinue her education. There is no money for her mother’s treatmecnt.

Name: Mukesh Yadav

Age: 16 years

Grade (Standard): Not attending school

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: Mukesh lives with his parents and 2 younger siblings. He does not go to school. His father is a night watchman and mother is a housewife. His family has been unable to save for the admission fees of all 3 children.

Requirements: The challenges are that because of poor financial conditions in the family, he lacks basic education and has poor physical health.

Name: Soni Yadav

Age: 10 years

Grade (Standard): Not attending school

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: Soni lives with his parents and 2 younger sisters. She does not go to school. Her father is a night watchman and mother is a housewife. Her family has been unable to save for the admission fees of all 3 children.

Requirements: Her challenges are that because of poor financial conditions in the family, she lacks basic education and has poor physical health.

Name: Shrestha Yadav

Age: 4 years

Grade (Standard): Not attending school

Parental Status: Both parents are alive

Brief history: Shrestha lives with her parents and 2 siblings. She does not go to school. Her father is a night watchman and mother is a housewife. Her family has been unable to save for the admission fees of all 3 children.

Requirements: The challenges are that because of poor financial conditions in the family, she lacks basic education and has poor physical health.