Sunita Patkare’s story brings out the urgent need to look after the underprivileged sections of our society.
Sunita or “Didi” as the 29 year old is fondly called by her students began working with Pratham InfoTech Foundation’s Student Enrichment Program(Utkarsh) two years ago.
She began her Utkarsh journey as a Fellow, teaching in Vivek Vidyalaya and then moving on to the Children Aid Education Society.
“The transition was not easy”, she said. “I face fresh and bigger challenges here”
With a heavy heart she starts telling us about the conditions in which her students live.
They are orphaned with no one behind them. “They live in a hostel.” She pauses, takes a deep breath and continues “they have no decent meal, no proper clothes and no books” “they face major health issues due to inadequate nourishment of the body.”
She tells us about Vikram Pawar, a young, ambitious boy who aspired to become an Engineer and support his family. But unfortunately he passed away due to health issues resulting from inadequate nutrition.
She says,” Pratham InfoTech Foundation has taken the initiative to help improve the conditions of such children by providing them with e- education to help them secure a good future for themselves and for that I congratulate it. We need more of such institutions to come forward and take the responsibility of such children.
Only an educated youth will take the country forward.”