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SSF provides aid to students from drought-hit areas
ST Correspondent | Thursday, 31 March 2016 AT 09:41 PM IST
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PUNE: Builders Ashok Beharay and Ramkumanr Rathi have decided to pay for the meal expenses of 50 girl students hailing from drought-affected areas for the next six months.

The two builders have extended this help under the initiative of Sakal Social Foundation (SSF) to come to the rescue of drought-affected students studying in the city’s educational institutes.

Pravin Anarase, an official from the meteorology department, has also given a donation of Rs 1 lakh for this initiative.

Sakal Media Group’s director Mrinal Pawar received the cheques at a function held here recently. SSF’s Senior Manager Uddhav Bhadsalkar and Sakal’s Associate Editor Sunil Mali were also present.

Student Vijayalaxmi Pattewar, who has come here from Nanded to pursue education, said, “People in the drought-affected areas are facing hardships. Nonetheless, our people have sent us to Pune for education. Most parts of Maharashtra did not receive rainfall this year. As a result, the people have to face struggles to live. How can they send money to us for education under such circumstances? To live in Pune, we need at least Rs 4,000 per month and, due to the drought, we cannot even return to our villages. Therefore, we will never forget the help given to us by the Sakal Social Foundation.”

Rohini Kadam, a student from Osmanabad, said, “Our parents have sent us to Pune with dreams that we will learn and achieve something in our lives. We feared that these dreams will be shattered because of the drought. But fortunately, we have received financial help from various sources. With this, we can still fulfill our dreams.”

Sakal Media Group has always rushed to rescue people whenever there are crises. Presently, we are facing the problem of drought. We fully support students who are facing the challenge of drought. Therefore, now the students should fully concentrate on their studies.
—Mrinal Pawar, Director, Sakal Media Group

Sakal Media Group has made us realise the conditions in which people from drought hit areas are living. This has prompted us to extend our help to the students. Students from drought-affected areas should complete professional courses during their summer holidays.
—Ashok Beharay, Builder

APPEAL BOX: Sakal Social Foundation has taken the lead to help students from drought hit areas to complete their education in Pune. Even you can support this initiative. To contribute to this initiative, call 9881099020.

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