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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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Maitri India
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Maitri India

Maitri is a New Delhi-based developmental humanitarian NGO that is committed to facilitating every individual's Human Rights, especially the Rights to Identity, Dignity and Respect. Since 2005, Maitri has worked with over 45,000 individuals on the issues of social and health inequities and public health concerns through education, community outreach, networking, and legal advocacy.

Maitri work is organized under two main pillars: Violence Against Women and Migrant Workers. The organization has been addressing the issue of violence against women (especially in the uniformed forces), running a victim support and victim to survivor program, and promoting dignity and support for abandoned elderly widows in Vrindavan (Mathura, India).

Their initiatives with Migrant Workers include facilitating access to Citizenship Rights to ensure access to basic rights including healthcare to vulnerable migrant populations like rickshaw pullers and the homeless, and providing educational and skill-enhancement opportunities for underserved children and women respectively. They also run an Integrated Counseling and Testing Center (ICTC) for HIV/AIDS.

In 2005, Lt. General Bhopinder Singh (Retd) and Winnie Singh founded Maitri upon identifying the need for support for members of the Uniformed Services affected by HIV/AIDS. Since 2007, Maitri has expanded its areas of reach through a variety of projects. A world in which each individual lives with identity, dignity, and respect.

Maitri's mission is to act as a catalyst to enable access to basic rights to some of the most Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations in India including:

1) Women who are at the risk of facing Gender-Based Violence

2) Destitute and Elderly Women/Widows

3) Migrant Workers and their families in urban environments

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Sonal Singh Wadhwa

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provided quality healthcare services to 2993 poor widows

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2017: Winner - Best Use of ICT by an NGO in South East Asia

2016: Number of gold and silver medals

2018: Social Impact Award in Innovative social Services

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20 December, 2022

Celebrating Life : Elderly Mothers at Maitrighar


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Dear Maitri Friend,

Thank you for your continued support to MaitiGhar, the old age home for widows in Vrindavan and Radhakund. Through your act of kindness, we are able to ensure care and support for 150 elderly widows in two ashrams in Vrindavan & Radhakund and provide them with shelter, food, clothing, and healthcare. Through this program on Give India, we are able to provide clothing for the elderly.

In the last 6 months, all activities continued from distribution of meals, fruit and milks, to daily yoga to monthly group sessions for emotional well being. Health camps have been facilitated. Providing emergency health care is still a challenge. The widow mothers celebrated International Widows Day on 23rd June 2022, in Vrindavan and Radhakund. The day reminds us of the opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows. On the day, mothers collectively shared their thoughts and explained how crucial it was to find respect, care and support at this time and age of life. Local print media and news TV covered the event and solidified our goal of creating more visibility and awareness around the issues of an eldery widow. During the months of January to June 2022, we had the following special events :

Elderly Mother turns 108 years One of our mothers turned 108 years old in March. She's the oldest resident in our old age home and an inspiration to all. Our entire team celebrated her birthday with cake, balloons, flowers, sweets and lots of love. We also take pleasure in saying that despite the challenges during the pandemic and many in their nineties and eighties, all our mothers have lived a healthy protected life during the pandemic and not a single person got covid.

Excursions in the month of March & April The Pandemic had deprived our mothers of going on excursions. After a long wait, we have organized a trip to Haridwar and Rishikesh, for our mothers and team. We believe group travel and exploring new places not only inculcates agency, self-independence, and social connections but also helps in a healthy ageing. After staying in quarantine and isolation, and bringing drastic changes to their daily routines and habits, finally the mothers were able to step out. Our team followed all safety measures.

Celebrations: Many elderly widows live their lives feeling unloved and unseen. Because of their circumstances, they are conditioned to hide their truth below a bushel of shame. Maitri celebrates Holi with Widow Mothers with flowers and petals. This year, we had many activities on colors. We asked women to share the colors that resonate most with them, and they expressed their favorite colors with joy and laughter. The celebrations reflect the strength of their journey and their resilience against all odds. Widow mothers celebrated International Women’s Day, International Day for Widows, and observed Republic Day. Mothers were honored with prizes -Yoga International Day On Yoga International Day, Maitri participated in a solidarity event organized by VridhCare Foundation along withVridhjan Abhas, Fatehpur , UP, Vridh Ashram (Govt Outsource) – Shravasti, UP, Maitri Ghar Vidwa Ashram, UP, Awasiya Vridh Ashram (Govt Outsource ) Bhagpat - UP, Hey Radhey Karuna Mai Public Charitable trust ( Shyama dasi Ashram), UP, Apna Ghar Ashram( Jamdoli, Rajasthan Awasiya Vridh Ashram (Govt Outsource ) Hapur - UP, Ashray Grih (Vridhashram), Ballia - UP, Shiva Muni Brudh Ashram – Balasore, Odisha, & Gokuldham Vridh Ashram- Gorakhpur, UP. You will be happy to know that the mothers were honoured with prizes , certificates and lots of love.

Challenges faced and next steps

Providing health care and support for other medical conditions is a continuing challenge. We have already vaccinated all the mothers. Going forward, we will extend our partnerships with local stakeholders. We already have partners like KD Dental, College & Hospital, Shroff Eye Care who support us in facilitating health camps and providing affordable health care. We are requesting KM Hospitals to provide us similar support and ensure that mothers can get treatments on time. We are also looking at capacity building of our field teams at Vrindavan & Radhakund.

Stories from the ground

Gayatri Maiya, 61 years of age, was born in village Manik, 24 Parganas, Kolkata. Her father, Sudhakar Mukherjee used to work in Indian Oil Company. She holds a Bachelor degree in Arts. At the age of 20, she chose to marry 29 year old Dilip. Both of them liked each other before and were in love. Her husband had 6 brothers and they were a big family with 14 members. Gayatri and her husband raised a beautiful daughter together and got her married when she was 21 years of age. At the age of 34, her daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Her daughter's husband and family informed Gayatri only after a year when it was too late. Gayatri used to work in RK Mission Hospital, when she was informed of her ill health. Due to an ongoing camp in the Hospital, she was denied leave and she couldn't visit her daughter. Two months later, her daughter passed away. Unable to bear the pain of her daughter's demise, she took some sleeping pills and was admitted to RK Mission Hospital. During that time, she met the Nurse of Maitrghar Ashram, who used to take elderly mothers to hospital for treatment. Struggling with pain and lonelinesses, she spoke to the nurse who brought her to Maitrighar Ashram in 2019. In two weeks, she suffered from a heart stroke and was again admitted to the hospital. Since then, she has been staying here and her health is being taken care of. She suffers from high blood pressure which is monitored by our team. She wants to spend her life in Vrindavan and find solace in the devotion of God.

31 May, 2022

Thank you for a warm winter


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Dear Maitri Friend, The pandemic and its compounding impact are continuing, and the threat is still at large. The last two years have been demanding and our challenges to provide care and support for elderly widows have escalated. Mothers who have made numerous adjustments and negotiations all their lives had to bring drastic changes to cope with the pandemic. But with your support and the faith of our mothers, we have learnt to rise and shine along. Mothers at Maitrighar are always engaged with activities that help them age healthily and actively. Apart from regular yoga and reiki, they also walk within the complex. With periodic times of isolation, quarantine and restricted mobility, indoor games and storytelling have now become an essential part of the routine. In the last six months, we have set up a library and the mothers have formed a weekly reading group. The discussions and reading groups have been enriching and helpful for many who cannot read. Mothers have come to Vrindavanf for spending the rest of their lives in the devotion of Lord Krishna and parikrama is an essential part of their lives. It is a customary practice for devotees and pilgrims visiting Vrindavan to walk around the town along the parikrama path. The distance of the parikrama is around 10 kilometres and great religious importance is attached to undertaking this on Ekadasi day. By walking barefoot along the parikrama path, which takes about three to four hours, it is believed that one receives blessings. since the pandemic, the mothers have failed to do so. This year, our team took them in small groups at early hours and ensured all safety measures were followed, During the festive season and chilling winter, our Elderly mothers celebrated Diwali and Christmas in their true spirit, filled with fun, hope and energy showing that age is only a number when it comes to living life to its fullest, pandemic or not. They keep inspiring us and showing us the way to stay happy, positive and celebrate every moment of our lives. Their wisdom confirms that no one can take your inner glow. Their sense of resilience and faith has been our pillar of support. May your life shine and glow with the lights glowing in our old age home and the smile and blessings of our elderly mothers bring more warmth to this festive season. Mothers at Maitrighar are provided with nutritious meals (Lunch and Dinner), daily milk and fresh fruits, regular health check-ups, in-house nurse and doctor for aftercare, counsellor for mental health care, group therapy and counselling; access to citizenship rights, and other essentials. With the support of GIVE India, mothers were provided with sarees and winter clothing. (blankets, sweaters, ear muffs & shawls). Thank you for a warm winter.

Challenges faced and next steps

Ageing Widow Mothers have come to Vrindavan with the sole purpose of devotion for Lord Krishna. With the pandemic, they had to make any changes to their daily routine and life. Vrindavan being a tourist spot for national and international tourists is a high-risk location, especially when people do not follow even the minimal safety measures and precautions. Some mothers had to stop their practice of going to a temple for 16 years. Since the pandemic, being in isolation and quarantine has further affected their emotional and mental health wellbeing. Providing health care and support for other medical conditions is a continuing challenge. We are working toward creating a better strategy that can adapt to the impact of covid. We are preparing the mothers for the third dose of vaccination in January.

Stories from the ground

Providing emergency treatment, especially during the pandemic is an ongoing challenge. In November, Dhananti Mayiya fell sick and had trouble breathing. Our team ensured that she got admitted on the same day. She spent four days in ICU before being shifted to two more hospitals and receiving a proper diagnosis. During the time, our team arranged for attendants to proactively counsel and spoke to her family, and helped her recover.


"Bhagrasni Tiwari, 85 years old was born and brought up in a family with 7 sisters and 1 brother, in Bihar. Her father was a farmer who didn’t send any of his children to school. But with the help of her uncle, she and her younger sister learnt how to read and write. At the age of 14 years, she was married to a 16-year- the old boy who worked as a help in a cement shop. They had a happy relationship and raised a beautiful daughter. She remembers her husband as her only support and her daughter's marriage as a happy memory. After the death of her husband, she was ill-treated by her in-laws. Life took another turn when she lost her brother. She didn't want to be a burden on her daughter and came to Vrindavan. She stays at Matrighar where all her needs are taken care of.at this age and time of life, she is grateful that she has a booster shot and people who still care. She extends her gratitude"

28 November, 2021

Strength & Resilience: Mothers show us the way


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Dear Maitri Friend Globally, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on older people. It has disrupted lives and its impact is now challenging the survival and well being of human beings, especially of the vulnerable. While many places in Vrindavan and Radhakund have been impacted during COVID, with support from good wishers like you and our partners, we have ensured that all mothers are safe and looked after. Maitri has built two ashrams in Vrindavan and Radhakund where elderly widow mothers are provided with daily nutritious meals, fruits, health care services, clothing, emotional and mental health services.  In these isolated times in addition to all safety measures, we have set a seal on continuing all activities to create a positive environment and bolster the spirit of mothers. Elderly mothers have set an example by adapting to necessary habits for transitioning toward an era of permanent changes in the way they live. The elderly mothers have shown us that one is never too old to learn. From reorienting themselves to a new lifestyle routine fraught with new risks, adhering to a new healthy precaution, wearing masks, to practising every safety measure, the elderly mothers have brought drastic changes to their daily routine to accommodate the new norms. With regular yoga and breathing practices, the mothers proactively look after their health. On 26th January, the mothers participated in celebrations of Republic Day.  They also decorated and celebrated Holi. The celebrations were minimal with no external visitors. celebrations Widows at the MaitriGhar widow ashram, wake up every morning to the sound of Bhakti Sangeet and kirtan and do yoga and walk in the small little garden. You will be happy to know that we have completed the second round of vaccination and all  300 mothers including widow mothers staying outside the ashram are now vaccinated. On 23rd June 2021, widow mothers celebrated International Widows Day in Vrindavan and Radhakund. The day reminds us of how far we have come and how further we have to work to achieve full rights and recognition for widows. Your support has helped us reach out and be a pillar of our elderly programme. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. 

Challenges faced and next steps

Before the pandemic, we used to see a stream of visitors, Samaritans would visit the elderly and interact with them. Donations and distribution in kind kept the hearth burning, but Covid has created a vacuum of resources. Moreover, we have seen a spike in the number of women who come to our ashram for fruit and milk and an increase in the number of women reaching out for support. Providing health care and support for other medical conditions is an It is only through the support of friends and well-wishers like you, that we can navigate through these times of crisis. We used to organize trips as a part of our emotional therapies which proved to be a great intervention for improving social bonds and emotional well being. But owing to the pandemic, all trips have been cancelled. Though the challenges are ongoing, we are heading towards working on organizational development and resource mobilization for the long term effectiveness of our projects that are surviving through the support of partners and well-wishers like you. Thank you

Stories from the ground

Mano Dasi is a 76-year-old lady who was found in a dejected state when she was brought to Maitri Ghar by one of our Field Officers for her further care and support. She belongs to Jharkhand and was born in a farmer’s family. Getting an education was one of her dreams but unfortunately, she never got a chance to go to school. Due to financial limitations, her parents decided to only educate their sons.  She was married at a very early age of five at 7 years old. Her husband had no education and worked as a farmer. She lived with him and his three brothers. She raised two sons and one daughter and worked very hard to educate all her children who are all married now.   In 2000, she lost her husband and the abuse she faced at home escalated. She was kept hungry most of the time and treated with derogatory language. She was anxious, lonely and felt helpless. After two years, she made a choice.  One day, she asked her son for money on the pretext of buying bangles and left home with Rs 400/- She came to  Radha Kund. she resided in a small home, rented at Rs. 105/-. She started begging and singing devotional songs in Bhajan Ashram to survive on her own.  Having difficulties paying rent, she shifted to a smaller place for Rs 80 per month where she stayed for eight years. survival was an everyday challenge for Mano and her health started deteriorating. Being an elderly woman with no support system, her struggles multiplied. In 2014, she was brought to Maitrghar where she has been looked after.  She is a happy and wise woman, who bolsters the spirit of everyone. It has been a difficult time for elderly women to stay inside during the pandemic, but the mothers have learned. Having stayed one year in quarantine, she is finally relieved to get the second dose of Vaccination.

23 March, 2021

Gratitude & Hope from elderly widow mothers


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"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change. In this world, where you can be anything, be kind."

The pandemic has brought unseen and unexpected challenges for many. With the elderly being vulnerable to the disease, providing health care has unseen risks. Most of our inmates have diabetes or hypertension (comorbid factors that increase Covid-19 risk) so we have to be more careful. Some of the mothers have high support needs, Ex mothers suffering from diabetes and other conditions that required extra care from staff. Before the pandemic, mothers were taken to the hospital every month for various medical referrals and procedures before the pandemic. Now providing health care and treatment for other conditions is a continuous challenge. Counselling the elderly mothers to understand the criticality to cocoon them during the pandemic while respecting their sense of choice and dignity, in an institutional setting, was difficult at the beginning but our staff ensured that the elderly needs and fears are taken care of.  Amidst all the challenges and difficulties, it’s the gratitude, prayers and strength of the mothers that has made a difference. With your support, we are able to provide clothing and winter essentials for elderly mothers. As they are adapting to new norms while transitioning toward an era of permanent changes in the way they live, we would want to thank you for your support. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we continue all our activities, as we learn and embrace a new way of life.  The world is presently knee-deep in uncharted waters, and the only way to move forward is to embrace what can only be called, the new normal and none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you for being our pillar of strength!

5 August, 2020

Widow Mothers explore Varanasi


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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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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


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Women happy to receive the clothing kits

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

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-Date407
Village/City/State where project is locatedVrindavan, Radhakund.
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1930000000
Total Expenses for the project YTD21716557