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Recently, a Pune chapter of the Soroptimist's Club presented several cash awards for education support. The Soroptimists provide grants to young women from the JAGRUTI "family" who are attending university, often against all odds. Receiving her award in the photograph on the left is Pratibha Avsekar, whose parents are farmers. Their village was totally destroyed in an earthquake in 1995. Pratibha lost the use of her eyes when she was buried under the quake's debris but was miraculously saved. She passed her first year of a programming diploma for the blind with first-class honours, and is now in her second year. She and two other young blind women, who also received awards, live in JAGRUTI's hostel.