Martyred Shankar Shinde (34), part of the Maratha Light Infantry, laid down his life during crossfire, while killing five terrorists and protecting his infantry, in the Kupwara Operation
(Jammu and Kashmir) on 13th February 2016.

His heartbroken parents Suman and Chandrabhan, continued to struggle in Bhayale village, Nashik, living with no means to repair their dilapidated home, now that their only son is gone.

Shankar’s parents’ only source of income is from farming the small land they own. They were not in the situation to rebuild their home. Habitat for Humanity India helped this family build a home that provides a safe and secure shelter where they can live out the rest of their lives. On Independence Day 2018, the flag was hoisted outside the Shinde home in Nashik, and the statue of Shankar garlanded.

“We are aging and life was getting difficult in our old dilapidated house house. Our house was dilapidated. There was no proper ventilation and the house lacked basic amenities, like even a proper toilet. With our son gone, we were finding it hard to cope in life. We did not have the means to build a home. In this situation, Habitat India wiped our tears and built a new home for us. We will be indebted to these angels of humanity.Thanks to Habitat for Humanity India, we will get to spend the rest of our lives in comfort and peace." says Suman Shinde.