Sapna Kasbe (11) studying in Shishu Vihar Primary school, Pune, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Her sugar levels shoot up to 400-plus and she takes insulin injections thrice daily. Her father, Babasaheb Kasbe, is a watchman and her mother, a domestic worker. Every month, the family had to spend Rs 3,000, almost one-fifth of the family’s monthly income, towards the child’s medical expenses.
Three months ago, Varsha Bendre, spouse of the President of RC Pune Ganeshkind, D 3131, Pramod Bendre met Sapna during the club’s uniform distribution drive in the school. She came across as a studious child, but her health was poor. Her class teacher Lalita Naravane requested Varsha to help Sapna. Varsha consulted Dr Ramesh Godbole, a pathologist and an honorary member of the club, who immediately agreed to sponsor her medical expenses.
“Your help has completely changed the life of the Kasbe family. Sapna seems to be settled and happy at school,” said Lalita.
“The value of one little life saved and protected is equal to a million service projects. Every drop in the ocean counts,” said President Bendre with pride and satisfaction.
The writer is a member of RC Pune Ganeshkhind, D 3131