|Sandeep (name changed) joined Ankur in September 2005, when he was four and half years old. He is the eldest of three brothers. His father,
Suresh (name changed), is a cycle mechanic who works on days that he is sober and not drunk. His mother,
Sangeeta (name changed) earns about INR 1000/- a month, working as a domestic help for 6-8 hours a day. She gets to bring home left over food.
The facilities at Ankur include bright, airy, cheerfully furnished hostel blocks, each with dorms, studies and recreation rooms, in-house libraries, laundrettes and spotless bathrooms. Sharing the extensive grounds of The Samhita Academy, the Ankur hostels have easy access to the school and playgrounds. A healthy diet, planned by a trained nutritionist, is cooked in the canteen on the premises, and served in the dining hall.
||- Under-five mortality rate, 2003 - 87%
- Under-fives suffering from Underweight (moderate and severe) (1995- 2003) - 47%
Households consuming iodized salt
(1997-2003) - 50%