NAME: Krutik Mukesh Shinde.
Krutik lives in Jakhuri village, his maternal grandfather’s village, along with his mother and younger sister Vaishanavi. Krutik’s father died one year before, due to HIV/AIDS, and his paternal grandfather and other family members did not allow them to stay there, fearing that his mother and children may also infected. Krutik’s mother therefore returned to her father’s village. However here too, his maternal uncle's family would not let them live in the house, and Krutik’s mother, the two children and her elderly father lived separately in a tin shed. She somehow managed to scrape together enough to cover their living costs through wage labouring on farms.
When school started this year, Krutik was in 2nd standard, but due to their financial situation, his mother was not able to buy a uniform, educational materials etc. for Krutik. It was therefore decided that instead of going to school, Krutik should look after neighbour’s goats and earn some money for the family.
In the same time NISD’s enrolment drive was on in Jakhuri village and one of the social workers visited Krutik’s family. He immediately put the case forward to the project. NISD staff counselled Krutik’s mother and encouraged her to enrol Krutik in the school. They also sought cooperation from the school authority and provided a uniform, educational material and motivational support to Krutik and his mother. Thus Krutik’s started going to school regularly.
Because Krutik’s mother was going to work, there was a concern that Krutik would be forced to look after his sister. To avoid this risk, NISD staff enrolled Vaishnavi in the pre-school, recently started by NISD. Thus both Krutik and Vaishnavi are studying and their mother, without any worry, can go to work.
Thanks to your generosity, children have the opportunity to be supported in their education, instead of going into work.