Give poor senior citizens access to a safe shelter by Shraddhanand Mahilashram

Give poor senior citizens access to a safe shelter

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Dandekar Aji finds her second home in the Mahilashram!

Dandekar Aji, as she is lovingly called, was 68 when her husband passed away. She was uneducated and had depended on her husband. They lived on a very low income and yet, she managed to raise three children, two sons and a daughter

When her husband passed away, her daughter was already married. Her elder son took over the familial responsibilities. Unfortunately, he met with a fatal accident.

Her daughter had to take care of her in-laws. She couldn't afford to take care of Dandekar Aji as they were already living in a limited income. Her younger son and daughter-in-law were not supportive. Her daughter-in-law often beat her and starved her.

When she was living in this abject misery, she met a doctor. The doctor was one of the committee members of Shraddhanand Mahilashram old age home. She advised Aji to approach the home for shelter.

She is now 90 years old and has been living in the Shraddhanand Mahilashram old age home for the last 22 years. She has developed age-related complications and is now a heart patient. She has had one heart attack. The old-age home takes care of her medication and care.

She is now spending her last days in peace with her needs taken care of and without worry of abuse.

Many elders like Dandekar Aji need a place with food and shelter to spend their last days in dignity. You could help them with this basic need.

Your help can make many more seniors like Dandekar Aji live their golden years under a safe shelter. You can donate to the living expenses of the elderly who live in the old-age home and help them with medicines. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


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About The Program

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Program Description

Women above 60 years of age are either referred by volunteers or sent by their relatives for admissions into the old-age home. Many times they also apply themselves for admission into the old age home.

Donations to this program help in covering the staff salary, medicines and sanitation of the elderly women staying at the Shraddhanand Mahilashram home in Vasai

While the old-age home offers free stay for abandoned and poor women, it also provides paid services for seniors who can afford them.

The home also celebrates popular events and festivals to keep the spirit of the women. Out of the 56 residents, 31 women live in the ashram are underprivileged and offered free shelter.

A basic medical test including blood tests, x-ray, urine routine etc is done to assess their health at admission. They are registered using a photo and an identity proof at the time of admission.

The old age home has all the facilities required for peaceful living of the resident women. There are dormitories and bathrooms on each floor for the use of the residents. Every senior has their own bed, cupboard space to keep their belongings. There is a common room with a television which the residents can watch at leisure. There is a dining hall for all meals.

There is a garden outside, in the complex. There are nurses on duty, and a doctor visits daily. The home also celebrates popular events and festivals to keep the spirit of the women.

When you donate to this program, you help destitute elderly women with access to a safe shelter.

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About The NGO

Shraddhanand Mahilashram
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Shraddhanand Mahilashram

Shraddhanand Mahilashram started in the year 1927 in memory of Swami Shraddhanandji (Munshiram). Starting as a shelter for women, the now have an old age home in Vasai, the Bal Gruha in Matunga, as well as two hostels.

Their main programmes include an orphanage and an old age home.

The homes have been operational for decades and are run in a traditional set-up. They run a home for girls, as well as boys up to the age of 5, beyond which they are sent to boys' shelters.

The orphanage has separate sections for babies, young girls, and older girls who are attending college.

Shraddhanand Mahilashram is involved in their entire upbringing, school, college, and even marriage, in care the girls want to get married.

The old age home is in Vasai, and has both paying and non-paying beneficiaries.

Bal Gruha houses the smallest kids, Adhar Gruha houses the older girls and there is an old age home for women above 60.

Shraddhanand Mahilashram works with a vision to help create a world free of destitute women and children.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Sumitra Paradkar

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Old age home | elderly

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23 May, 2022

Caring for the Old


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Our old age home at Vasai is a safe place for elderly women in need of shelter. Our house for senior citizens has all the facilities required for peaceful living. We provide accommodation, engage them in various recreational activities and also facilitate them to socialise with other members. There are 45 elderly women staying in our old age home. From July 2021 - December2021 all festivals like Ganpati, Diwali, Christmas were celebrated wherein grannies participated with great enthusiasm. The senior citizens are referred by volunteers or their near relatives for admissions, at times an elderly women submits her self-application for admission into our home.

Challenges faced and next steps

Senior citizen keep themselves occupied constructively by helping in kitchen work or by doing embroidery. Even during pandemic under the supervision of the superintendent, various activities were initiated to keep the elderly women engaged in the twilight zone of their lives. Donations to this program have helped destitute elderly women with access to a safe shelter. Your contribution to the senior citizens make their world healthy and happy.

Stories from the ground

There have been innumerable examples where elderly women who have no homes have gotten shelter at our old age home. From July 2021 to December 2021 there were 2 new admissions in the old age home. One of our grannies never fails to express her gratitude to our staff members and committee members for the great impact in her present life in terms of enjoying her golden years by opting to stay in our old age home.

28 November, 2021

The Hindu Women's Welfare Society, Shraddhanand Mahilashram


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

There are 45 grandmothers at present at the Vruddhashram at Vasai.They follow a set routine of activities. Every month medical checkup is carried out. They have Yoga Sessions twice a week. For recreation, they sing Bhajans. There was a physiotherapy camp held in Vruddhashram earlier this year and grandmothers got assessed for it.The grandmothers keep themselves occupied constructively by doing embroidery on cross stitch patterns, a good exercise for their fingers and eye-hand coordination.The nutrition aspect is taken into consideration while planning their Menu.They are now preparing for Ganesh Utsav and looking forward to it. The local committee members regularly visit the Vruddhashram to look into their requirements.

Challenges faced and next steps

We don't have any challenges related to covid in these six months. As we take proper precautions. We prepared a special '10 Bed ' quarantine room for any future problem.

Stories from the ground

Celebrated national festivals and Hindu festivals. On 26th Jan our Republic Day, for flag hosting, we invite Dr S. Walke (Head of Medical office of V.V.M.C). On that day we inaugurated our 'solar system' for hot water for grannies. In the same month, we organized a physiotherapy camp for grannies. We usually celebrated all festivals like Holi, Gudipadwa, Ramnavmi, Maghi Ganesh etc. We also celebrate Birthday of each granny

23 March, 2021

A safe home for Grannies


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During the period from April to December 2020 we had many festivals which we celebrated in the Old Age Home premises by following the protocols of COVID-19.
On the occasion of Gudi Padwa grannies performed Pooja and offered Naivedya to God. Ganpati & Navratri festivals also celebrated by performing Pooja, prayers and Bhondla - typical traditional songs for special performance in Navaratri. Sweets and eatables were prepared for Diwali festivals with the help of grannies.
Grannies prepared lantern and greeting cards for Diwali festival. Rangoli was drawn in front of the door. Grannies spent their time after naps by reading books, playing Antakshari, reciting Ukhanas, playing carom boards, snake and ladder game. Creative work like preparation of greeting cards (Thank You Card) given to the grannies. These cards were offered to the donors. All grannies are religious . They celebrated Tulsi Vivah very enthusiastically. Actually it is sort of Pooja. Tulsi is a plant which is beneficial for clean environment as well as for human health. Tulsi Vivah is a festival where Tulsi plant is considered as divine part of God, where a ceremonial marriage of Tulsi and Lord Krishna is held. The Tulsi wedding signifies the end of the monsoon and the beginning of the wedding season.    
All the grannies were happy and cheerful in the safe shelter.

5 August, 2020

Aging is not "lost youth" but a new stage of opportunity and strength


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Aging is not "lost youth" but a new stage of opportunity and strength

Shraddhanand Mahilashram has its own old age home for elderly women and It is located in vasai. We have the facility to accommodate 100 grannies all together. To keep the eldelry women entertained we arrange various activities and bhajans for them from time to time so that they domt feel left ot and also, have a source to keep them entertained throughout the year. With simple exercises and regular entertainment, these senior citizens live a happy and contented life in the twilight zone of their age. We also celebrate all the importany days at pur home for instance Republic day celebration and most important;y we never forget to celebrate birthday of our grannies which indeed it a day full of joy and entertainment for them.

3 December, 2019

Nutritious meals being served


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Nutritious meals being served