Saraswati found the peaceful life she was looking for.
Saraswati Devi is a 72-year-old woman from Sampatchak, Patna. She is from one of the most backward localities of the area and lived in absolute poverty. She has four sons but they all abandoned her over time. She lives alone and is paralyzed on one side. She cannot work and was not able to earn enough to survive. She felt helpless and did not know how to go on. When Action for Development of Demos noticed her state, they decided to enroll her in their program for senior citizens. They gave her monthly food rations along with milk and an egg every day. They made sure that she was given all the nutrients she needed to become healthy again. They also gave her a few clothes, towels and bed covers to help with her basic necessities. She was also given a medical checkup and the needed medical help under the program.
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What the beneficiary gets
Action for Development of Demos has a unique 'Support for poor old person' program which provides support in terms of rations for senior citizens, below the poverty line, who are alone and nearing the end of their journey. They work with economically downtrodden senior citizens in the rural and semi-urban areas of Bihar.
The senior citizens are provided rice, wheat, oil, vegetables, milk coupons and Horlicks. Local ADD volunteers identify beneficiaries based on their economic status and include them in the program. ADD provides food and also remains in touch with them, through its representatives, who try convincing the other family members about the importance of caring for the elderly. The duration of support is often extended if there is an availability of funds.
When you donate to this program, you can help underprivileged senior citizens with the dignity of regular food.
Action for Development of Demos(ADD)
29 September, 2021
A HANDFUL OF BREAD WITH LOVE AND CARE
Under this banner till now we have been able to provide the ration to about 100 poor senior citizens and counting. We have a name and fame in the field of upgrading the lives of poor needy senior citizens all for sake of humanity. For this, we are highly grateful to the kind donors. Under the same, we also have organized a medical camp for basic medical check-ups of the unhealthy old citizens. Apart from this, we also get them assisted with the help of our sincere volunteers for the further required treatment and medication from the local health centres. We have been running this in different backward localities of Patna (Bihar) like in Sampatchak and Phulwarisharif Block, where there are dozens of villages that are still deprived of the basic government welfare programmes and schemes. All the selected beneficiaries are well examined and counselled for getting their exact financial and social status and later the finalized beneficiaries are provided a monthly ration that includes enough foodstuffs like wheat flour, rice, spices, soybean, pulses etc on a monthly basis At least such support encourage them to do something to improve their lives.
During the implementation of this programme, we really did face a lot of hurdles and problems. The most concerning was the current pandemic of Covid-19. Controlling the spread of Corona infection among our senior citizen beneficiaries was a tough job that had to be overtaken at any cost. Keeping this in mind, we adopted a lot of preventive measures to stop the spread of Covid. Like during the gathering of the beneficiaries every month, social distancing was strictly followed. No beneficiaries were allowed to without the mask and sanitisers. We also had our own stock and arrangement of the masks and sanitisers to provide to the needful old people. Apart from this we also conducted a session among them for a briefing over the impact and preventive measures for stopping the spread of pandemic among our beneficiaries.
Impact story from the ground: Story of Lakhan Paswan age-85 yrs Location- Domnachak, Sampatchak Block, District Patna (Bihar).
23 March, 2021
REVITALIZING OLD LIVES
How do you feel when you have a delightful breakfast in the morning and on the way to your work you find an old man begging just to have one bread ? Now, changing the scenario. How do you feel when you find someone gathering some food from the house-hold garbages of muncipality? In both the scenes, hunger is the vital issue. We have enough to sustain and to feed our stomach, but what about those who don’t even have a single penny to feed themselves. The situation becomes worse when the body retires and is unable to do something for earning livelihood. Our volunteers when reported about the poor pathetic condition of the rural senior citizen people in slums of rural areas of Patna, immediately got determined to do something for their proper rehabilitation. We initiated by starting this programme specialy dedicated for feeding the poor old people. Every year we add hundreds of poor old from the rural slum areas and we thereafter we start providing them with the rations that includes 3.5 kg rice, 7.5 kg wheat, 1kg pulse, 1/2 kg salt, 1 kg mustard oil, vegetable & Nutritional Aid 250 gm of milk each day and 1 kg Chawanprass. The whole material is monitored and checked for nutritional prospect. In summer we provide Horlicks in place of Chawanprass. We were left overwhelmed with the post effects of this live saving programme. Each of the supported beneficiary i.e.the senior citizens, are in a well health condition. They consider this Programme as their god father. We truly admire the kind donors for their generous and noble support.
5 August, 2020
Hunger is something no one should strugle with
Hunger is something no one should strugle with
Very profoundly we have been working over many years. The satisfaction and assurance that the the senior citizen express with us is the most remarkable and relaxing compliments that we receive. The nutritional milk and horlicks supply to the senior citizens has helped them in enhancing their declining health. Hundreds of new, old & needy beneficiaries including the existing ones are regularly being donated the the monthly ration (3.5 kg rice, 6 kg wheat, 1 kg pulse, 1/2 kg salt, 1 kg mustard oil & vegetable) along with the milk and horlicks. Although, the monthly rations does a great deal to the needy people but we are well aware that a lot more is still to be implemented for the all round welfare of the selected beneficiaries, and we do are working on that.
22 July, 2019
Under the aforesaid Programmes, we spot out Poor Senior Citizens and provide them with Monthly rations with Nutritional Support. The ration includes 3.5 kg of rice, 5 kg of wheat, 1 kg of pulse, 1/2 kg salt, 1 kg of mustard oil, 1 kg of Soyabean along with one-month Vegetable Supply. The nutritional support includes 1/2 kg Horlicks every month & Nutritional Aid of 250 gm of milk each day. Till March, 2019 we had been benefitting about 30 beneficiaries each month with all the preset provisions of the programme and still we do are continuing with the same beneficiaries. However we are in plan to add about 150 more beneficiaries in the list by next quarter.
Story from the field
Our Hero of the Programme, we spotted out is the Poor Senior Citizens Bachu Saw who once was seen wandering in garbages and begging here and there for food. Thanks to our volunteer, who sincerely presented him to our organisation. Very soon without any delay, we inspected his every detail including his family background. We positively enrolled him under our Nutritional Programme and since then we have been providing him with the Monthly Food Ration along with the nutritional Support every month. Though he has 4 sons but none of his sons take any care of him. Even on this matter, we personally intereferd and convinced his sons to take care of the poor old Bachu. Hopingly one of his son has changed his mind and now he keeps the old man with himself and take a good care of him. Bachu Saw always expresses his deepest quote of thanks to ADD and to his kind donors for uplifting the lives of helpless old man like him. Really, helping such poor starving people make the correct judicial use of the donation, that the kind people pay for such causes. However there are countless helpless old men like Bacchu who can be found in the poor backwards areas of our society. We firmly need to do a lot to them to improve their worries lives.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||200|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||30|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Village- Manoharpur Kachhuara, Domnachak and Seikhpura in Sampatchak Block of Patna District.|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||3060000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||460000|
30 October, 2018
Action for Development of Demos(ADD)'s Update
Under this program, we provide the selected beneficiaries with one month ration which will include Rice, Wheat Flour, Pulse, Mustard Oil, Salt, Potato, Soyabean along with green Vegetables and daily Dairy Milk Supply. Apart of all these we also do provide with Horlicks or Chyawanprash as nutritional aid. Each of the selected beneficiaries will be provided with all these stuffs each month. We do follow a strict criteria for selecting the beneficiaries on the basis of their financial status and their family background. The selection process is made efficient and genuine by the help of our active volunteers who continuously keep surveying the selected rural areas thoroughly.
Story from the field
Kamla is an old, poor and vulnerable lady. Her husband expired a few years back. Though the poor widow has two sons, Bhulan & Naresh, none of them take any notice of the crawling desperate soul living under harsh pity condition. When our volunteers noticed her, they immediately got the old widow enrolled under ADD's this noble venture. It has really proved to be a boon for her. She now lives with hope, under the kind care of ADD. Old Kamla now is getting better day-by-day. The nutritional support in form of Horlicks in making her physique stable and preventing from getting worse. The monthly ration at least help her out in feeding her own stomach. Thanks to the kind donors whose noble help add happiness to such truly needed souls.
|Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19||250|
|Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year||15|