|In "Janata Vasahat", an impoverished slum in Pune in central India, OSI strives break the cycle of despair for girls by focusing on their education and giving each the means to learn and develop and to gain control of her own destiny and future|
In the "Janata Vasahat" slum of Pune, as in many parts of India, girls and young women from the lowest levels of society have little or no educational or vocational opportunities. Financial straits force children out of school and into labour at an early age, and for girls the lack of prospects means that they are married prematurely, often without choice, becoming virtual slaves to their circumstances, if not to their new family. Even in the best cases, their poverty and lack of education yet provides no prospects, and assures the cycle of neglect will continue.
PhotosBelow are a few photos of our present Pune children and our daily activities with them Commentary - OSI's President/Founder shares some thoughts on the achievement of our remarkable Pune girls, as well as unforeseen benefits lately being observed in their neighbourhood...
PhotosBelow are a few photos of our Janata Vasahat neighbourhood and homes
EventsBelow are special events and excursions that OSI has provided for our Pune children.
OSI-India (Pune)22 January 2017
Another rural excursion with lots of fun activities...
OSI-India (Pune)14 April 2016
Fun day trip to an amusement and water park...
Bhimashankar & Shivneri Fort
OSI-India (Pune)31 January 2016
Another scenic and educational pre-exam day trip...
OSI-India (Pune)25 April 2015
Scenic, fun, and educational day trip...
OSI-India (Pune)18 January 2015
A day on the farm...
OSI-India (Pune)27 January 2013
Fun and educational excursion to scenic Mahabaleshwar region...
OSI-India (Pune)14 October 2012
Educational and pastoral excursion to rural Chincholi Morachi...
OSI-India (Pune)15 January 2012
Our children enjoyed a day-trip to Saras Baug park to celebrate Sankranti...
Theater and Katraj Snake Park
OSI-India (Pune)3 & 24 December 2011
Year-end excursions to the theater and zoo...
OSI-India (Pune)23 April 2011
Excursion to Mumbai...
Saras Baug Park
OSI-India (Pune)27 February 2011
Recreation and picnic in one of Pune's most beautiful parks...
Niwara Elder's Home
OSI-India (Pune)30 January 2011
Social Awareness visit to Niwara Elder's Home, followed by a traditional Maharashtrian lunch...
OSI-India (Pune)13 November 2010
A fun hike to an important historical site...
Pune Educational Excursion
OSI-India (Pune)24 April 2010
Educational day-trip to site of Gandhi's imprisonment and burial, and other historical sites in Pune...
Sanskruti Culture Park
OSI-India (Pune)21 February 2010
Fun and educational day-trip to Sanskruti Culture Park...
OSI-India (Pune)25 December 2009
Cinema, restaurant, and a walk in the park...
Program Site SponsorLynette Lamb A journalist, residing in Minnesota, USA, Lynette and colleague Dina Fesler actually discovered the Pune site for us. In her dedication to serving these children Lynette serves as OSI-Pune site sponsor. Besides providing for the administration of OSI-Pune, Lynette's personal involvement and familiarity with the site is a wonderful asset!
OSI Program LiaisonMinal Dani and ASHA Minal is voluntary Founder and Director of "ASHA", an effort to address violence and injustice against women in Pune, India. Minal and her staff also serve as liaison for OSI sponsors and their children, as part of her effort to provide better prospects for these girls. Minal is a remarkably selfless, compassionate individual!
GeographyPune (pronounced poo-nay) is located about 160 km southeast of Mumbai (Bombay), in Maharashtra state. With a population of over 5 million, Pune is the 8th most populous city in India. Pune's nine universities and many more academic institutes provide an education that feeds the city's growing industrial and IT sectors. Pune is important culturally as well, as the recognized center of Murathi, the primary language in the region. Many temples and structures outline Pune's important historical role, from ancient times to British Raj to the struggle for Indian independence. At an elevation of 560 meters, Pune has a mild climate.
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