Pune: “I am proud that we have many success stories of our children. However, as compared to the number of our members, the number of our success stories is still average, and we have a lot more to achieve. We still have many families that are being destroyed because of addictions, superstitions and lack of awareness and education,” said veteran socialist leader Baba Adhav.
He was speaking at the felicitation function of the successful students in Std X and XII, organised by Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP).
The organisation that works for the welfare of waste-pickers and their children felicitated around 100 children who had excelled in SSC and HSC examination.
Lakshmi Narayan, Founding Member, KKPKP, Purnima Chikarmane, a professor at SNDT College who is also associated with KKPKP, and Shobha Bansode, Saru Waghmare, Rajabai Sawant and Suman More, members of KKPKP were present at the programme.
“We have shown the world that anything is possible by literally creating wealth out of waste. We are already doing a lot, however, now we have to think ahead. We have to create new opportunities for ourselves.
“This programme was great for motivating children, but before leaving from here, we have to think of new things that we can do for the community in future,” Adhav added.
Earlier, members of the organisation, as well as some of their children spoke about the importance of education and the role that KKPKP has played in their lives. Some youngsters also presented a skit about the issue of alcohol addiction.
Priyanka Dahikamble (SSC, 90.6 per cent), Deubai Dahikamble (SSC, 81.2 per cent), Omkar Chavan (SSC, 76.2 per cent), Somnath More (SSC, 75.8 per cent), Yogesh Chavre (HSC, 89.4 per cent), Pritam Gavli (HSC, 78.9 per cent), Shivani Salve (HSC, 80.7 per cent), Pratiksha Chandane (HSC, 72.7 per cent), Ibrahim Shaikh (a student of night school) and Sarika Dinkar (a repeater who passed with good marks) were felicitated by Adhav and Narayan.