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Ms. Paru Laxman Shanwar hails from a tribal village - Udhwa in Maharashtra's Palghar District in Taluka - Talasari. She has two brothers and two sisters. She is the only one among their family to have pursued higher education.

At the tender age of 10, Paru lost her father and was brought up by her mother, who raised her and her family of five, amidst immense economic hardship and poverty, by working as a domestic maid. Paru was always academically inclined. She studied at a local school in Talasari. After finishing her 12th standard, she went on to complete her BA followed by ITI and ultimately took up studies in her dream career of Nursing. She was also unable to pay her second year nursing fees, due to which she was almost being expelled and as a result, she became depressed, and had it not been for the timely help of fee sponsorship by Animedh, she would have ended up losing her nursing college seat and her mind. ACT identified her as a potential beneficiary due to our objective of supporting girl child education with emphasis on higher education. Her academic performance has been outstanding throughout at Wadia Nursing College. She has passed with flying colours and was the only one from her entire batch to be recruited as a full time nurse at the prestigious Parsee General Hospital, Mumbai.

Paru was awarded the ACT Super Deeva award for Educational Excellence in March 2018, on the occasion of ACT Women’s Day Celebration. Paru is a great role model for her Adivasi community and she is determined to help her family and other needy girls from her tribal village, who aspire to study but have no financial means or support.

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