Lakshmi escapes abuse from her own sons and finds a safe home
Lakshmi lived with her parents in Kolkata. She belonged to an impoverished family. As they were hardly able to make ends meet, they decided that the best way forward for Lakshmi was to get her married.
*She was married off at the tender age of 15 to a daily wage laborer. *
Unfortunately, her husband got addicted to alcoholism and ended up spending most of his earnings on alcohol. She had two sons and two daughters from the marriage. The complete responsibility of raising her children was on her.
She raised her children with a lot of struggle and got them married. Her daughter left for their marital home and her sons started taking care of their own families.
When Lakshmi's husband passed away, she went to live with her sons. However, they didn't want her burden. They did not take care of her nor did they give her enough food or clothes. She suffered all of that in silence.
However, they soon started to abuse her physically, she then left home and came to Vrindavan.
She began to beg for food in Vrindavan. While she was on the streets on Vrindavan, a project Jeevan team member found her.
Ever since she has found a place to call home. She is not scared of shivering in the cold during winter. She knows she has a warm and clean shelter. She receives new clothes twice a year and has access to primary health care.
Although she still misses her family, Lakshmi is grateful to Maitri for providing her with a safe place to live and clean clothes during her old age.
Without the help of Maitri, Lakshmi would have been begging on the streets for basic sustenance.
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5 August, 2020
Widow Mothers explore Varanasi
Widow Mothers explore Varanasi
Maitri has build old age homes, Maitrighar for elderly widow mothers(mayiyas) in Vrindavan and Radhakund, Mathura. They receive two nutritious meals, seasonal fruits, milk and supplements as require; a clean and spacious shelter; clothing; excursions and travel for improving social bonding; health services; emotional and mental health therapies; activities like yoga, reiki etc for improving mobility and inculcating a health and active ageing; . During the last quarter ( October 2019- March 2020), these are the main highlights of the programme:
a) Mothers explore Varanasi: On the day of International Day for elimination of Violence against women, Maitri organized another group travel for Widow Mothers. Vrindavan has always been the mysterious place where thousands of widows flock to live. Most of them have left home, and have been travelling in solitude, for survival, with memories they would not like to return to. This journey from grief to growth has been extraordinary and difficult, but they have created a new family in Maitrighar Old Age Home . Varanasi holds a lot of significance for the mothers. One of the mothers said “I always wanted to walk by Ganga while another 72-year-old mother who has difficulty in walking couldn't help expressing her excitement and joy. She said she felt like a child running by the river Ganga and Ghats. The trip became a wonderful experience to meet and talk with other elderly women and widows who lived nearby.
b) Celebrations & Activities:
- In the month of October, Diwali was celebrated with a lot of festivities. The widow beneficiaries lit diyas and candles and did pooja to welcome the Gods and Goddesses on the solemn occasion of Diwali. They all sang bhajans and were served special meals.
- The mothers observed and celebrated Republic Day. The ashram was decorated with lights and flowers. The widows sang patriotic song, and flag hoisting was done by the oldest member of the home. A 105 year old hurled the national flag as she sang the tunes of the nationala anthem. They all sang bhajans and were served special meals.The Maiyyas were visited by the students of Sri Ram School, Delhi on to make them feel loved and cherished. The visit by these students really made the Maiyyas very happy.
- On 1st March 2020, Holi was celebrated. The celebrations are unique as the mothers and people from the community participate and play Holi with petals and flowers .
c) COVID Update: We have restricted the entry of all external visitors & outsiders, with the Widow Mothers (Mayiyas) and staff in self quarantine since mid of March ( 15th March 2020) . As elderly, chronic patients, poor and other vulnerable population are more prone to this disease, Maitri has set out to ensure that all necessary precautions & safety measures are at place. Life during Covid Times can be challenging for anyone in an institutional setting , especially for an elderly population. We have set out to make certain that their needs are taken care of.
19 November, 2019
Women happy to receive the clothing kits
Women happy to receive the clothing kits
22 July, 2019
Widows in Maitrighar are provided with nutritious meals( lunch & dinner) with health supplements, fruits & milk, healthy & hygienic shelter, clothing, health care & access to citizenship rights. Additionally, in the last quarter widow mothers celebrated Holi with local communities and well wishers of Maitri, observed International Women's Day, a community walk was arranged and facilitated which encouraged a dialogue on the situation of widows; a multi speciality health camp was organised. Maitri has also added new methods of intervention in the form of counselling and therapies for mental & emotional well being of widow mothers.
Story from the field
Sadhna Dasi was born in East Bengal in a impoverished and poor family. Her father was a mere farmer . Poor income, bleak future and stress are some of the issues he was grappling with. She was raised among six children, two sons and four daughters. Both her brothers died due to lack of access to health care and situations resulting from extreme poverty and financial debt . None of the children received any form of formal education. At a mere age of 13 years, she was married to a 18 year old man in Vardhaman. Her husband also worked as a farmer. At the beginning, her husband was nice to her. She raised four daughters with him. Soon her husband became an alcoholic and under the pretext of alcohol he was violent to her. She managed to get all her daughters married with great difficulty. Reluctantly, she came to Radhakund with her husband five years ago. She would spend most of her time in devotion of Lord Krishan and involve herself in singing Bhajjan and Kirtan. One day, her husband broke her feet and left her alone in pain and suffering. Till today, she has trouble walking or even working. Amidst all the trouble, she never lost her will power or her spirit to stand back in life. Her strength is admirable. She was provided with food, Fruit and Milk, Sarees and access to Health camps.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||500|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||407|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Vrindavan, Radhakund.|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||30000000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||21716557|