Help provide shelter to a very poor elderly woman without family or support for a month, INR 1100
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Seneh is a home for destitutes and old women of the age, fifty and above. The women are basically from the most deprived section of the society .The women are selected on the basis of following criteria; she has no guardians, she has no financial support or homeless. At Seneh, they provide them with shelter, food, clothing, medical care and above all a home, They cook their own food by turn, clean the toilets, sweep, swab, play, joke and are encouraged and provided with facilities to pursue hobbies like weaving, flower making, embroidery, knitting and singing. They have adopted Seneh as their home. As of now, Seneh has a capacity to accommodate twelve such destitutes, and it is fully occupied. Very shortly, they will be enhancing the capacity to twenty. They have no institutional help to run the home. Seneh is entirely dependant on the regular contributions made by a single individual and tit bits from well-wishers. With increasing cost and demands, for medical care, the requirement of adequate funds need not require emphasizing. They also run a free dispensary for the poor in the area. This also involves additional cost since quite often medicines are required to be bought. Seneh is located in a semi urban area, of Guwahati city approximately ten km away from the railway station. Since the area is not developed, there is acute water scarcity. Quite often in lean seasons, water is bought in tankers, which involves a cost.

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Towards care taker/help salaries 850.00
Towards overheads & maintenance 250.00
Unit Price 1100
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Total 1100
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Devi
Devi the sole surviving member of four siblings hail from a remote village in Nepal. She was married to a carpenter in Nepal. The family migrated to a village on the Assam-Bhutan Border and worked for a farmer, she as the house maid and he to work in the fields. Her memory is cloudy. She remembers a daughter was born to her but when we ask her the daughter whereabouts she gives a blank look. They left the landlord and settled in a small village nearby.Her tale of woes started when she lost her husband at the tender age of 21. With her blurred memory she said she came back to her parents.
Her mother died and the father remarried. The stepmother started ill-treating her and she left home to walk alone in life. Probably that is the time she lost her mental balance and started loitering on the streets. In spite of our best efforts we could not ascertain about her life in the intervening 40 years period. We heard about her when a lady of the locality narrated to us about an old woman who the villagers believed to be a haunted witch who becomes violent on full moon days. She lived in the nearby jungles and would come out sporadically begging for food. We found her living on a haystack in a winter month. Her long hair was knotted; she was wearing a loin cloth. One of her hollowed eyes was injured. Seeing us she tried to run away but we caught hold of her, forcibly brought her to a well, gave her two consecutive baths with soap and water and wrapped her with a clean old sari given by a villager.
Initially, she was a big challenge to us since she would not know when to stop eating. And if we try to control, she turned violent throwing things and hitting her head. Once she hit her head with a brick. The wound required 3 stitches. Today Devi is calm and composed, we consider her as the biggest tribute to our efforts. Both her eyes were operated and she is on psychiatric treatment that will continue for the rest of her life. She is hunched but otherwise most radiant of all the residents of Seneh. She dances with others, plays the Frisbee with other inmates and helps in cleaning the house.

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