Antar Bharati Balgram Alumni Form
The Industrial Training Institute Alumni Form
OUR SUCCESS STORIES
Pravin Mahadik lost his mother when he was very young. His father left Pravin and his brother Ajay with their destitute grandmother and disappeared. Pravin and Ajay were first admitted to Government Remand Home, Mumbai and then transferred to Antar Bharati Balgram, Lonavala for homely care, good education and a brighter future. He studied at Antar Bharati Balgram School and passed SSC in 2004.
After passing Std X, he shifted to Mumbai in May 2004. He stayed with an ex-Balgram student, Shankar. He completed a course in Animation & Multimedia in Mumbai. There he learned Graphics and Web Design and 3D Character Animation. He has got a job now as a Graphic and Web Designer and earns a handsome salary.
He is staying with his elder brother Ajay, who is also a Balgram boy and working in Mumbai.
We are indeed proud of children like Pravin who have become self-reliant by hard work and succeeded against all odds. What is rewarding is their desire to do something in return for Balgram and continued contact with Balgram.
Shamal’s father died due to illness and mother committed suicide under madness, leaving Shamal, her sister Komal and her brother Niraj. The grandmother was taking care of the three children. As she was unable to support them, a social worker referred the three to Balgram, Lonavala, under the care and love of a foster mother.
At Balgram, orphan and destitute children get an opportunity for a good education to realize their inner potential and get an experience of family life living in foster homes with only 8 to 9 children and a foster mother.
Shamal has completed her B.Sc. in Computer Application. While studying she was also self supporting herself with working in the Tata BPO at Khopoli. Today, Shamal has achieved her goal of being self reliant and independent.
Vishaka & Swapnil Shinde
Vishaka’s father ran away from home when she was a child and his whereabouts are not known. Her mother Kalpana developed Tuberculosis, was admitted at Aundh hospital, Pune. She died in the hospital leaving behind Vishaka and her brother Swapnil as orphans. An officer of the department of Women and Child Welfare of Zilla Mahila Balkalyan Kendra of Pune took custody of Vishaka and Swapnil. They were sent to Balgram which provided a loving home like environment and good education.
Vishaka & Swapnil came to Balgram in November 1998. She was a shy and quiet girl. She was in class II. She showed her talent within a short period. She is smart, well mannered and also intelligent and a co-operative girl.
Today Vishaka is a qualified nurse and working at KEM Hospital Pune since more than 6 years. She is a hard working girl. She is performing well due to her interest in the subject and is independent today.
We are also proud of her brother, Swapnil, who has been self reliant and completed his post graduate studies in science from Ferguson College, Pune.
The story of Devidas had a sad beginning. When he was just 2 years old, in a quarrel with his wife, Devidas’s father burnt his wife in a fit of temper and was imprisoned for life. Devidas therefore became an orphan when he was only 2 years old.
Devidas and his brother Devilal were taken to government homes in Pune and subsequently transferred to Balgram, Lonavala for better education and brighter future.
Devidas completed his school education at the Balgram School and thereafter completed the course of Electrical Trade from the ITI on our campus. Not only did he stand first in the course, but he was also recruited as an apprentice by L&T, Ahmednagar in their factory. After completing the same, Devidas was absorbed into a subsidiary contractor’s company and is doing well for himself today.
Mukesh is an orphan who was sent to live in Balgram as he was found wandering on the streets. He was not interested in studies and was found looking after the various stray animals in and around Balgram. His personal share of nutrition was shared with these animals, and was often found feeding them his share of glucose biscuits. At the age of 16, he was yet in Std.5 and it was decided that his rehabilitation programme should be thought of for his future. When asked his choice of work, he said that he wanted to become a vet!! Thus we started looking out for opportunities in training with animals. Other NGO organizations were prepared to take him as a helper and train him in their field of work. Ultimately Japalouppe Equestrian Farm was selected as they not only offered him training on the farm, but were ready to look after his boarding, lodging and personal needs. Mukesh is very happy looking after not only his favourite dogs, but also horses, pigs, ducks, goats and the favourite of all – a talking parrot, who fondly sits on his shoulders to go wherever Mukesh goes!
Mukesh is happy with his new life and takes great pride in inviting and taking his Balgram family around when they visit him.
Deepali Subhash Thorat
Deepali migrated to the brick kilns of Pune with her parents as a toddler and like all children worked at the kiln. Not convinced of the importance of education and more so for girls, it took ISC staff a lot of negotiating and motivating to get the parents to approve.
Deepali was then enrolled into the ISC support classes and subsequently into the local school. Today not only is she doing well in her studies but has shown great improvement in other areas of her personality. Her confidence has risen, which is evident when she says “Now I don’t feel bad that I am from backward and poor family, I feel that I have developed myself with the support of ISC”
Satnam yet studying in school belongs to the ‘Sikhalgar tribe, ill-famed for crime and backwardness in the rural Pune region. He is proving this wrong and is now very motivated through the support classes run by ISC. When he entered support class he was a very undisciplined child and slowly he changed to become a leader among his friends. He was not only regular at class but participated actively in every programme. He won the 1st prize out of 6 schools in academic performance.