Support poor elderly women with a safe shelter in their old age by Bhavada Devi Memorial Philanthropic Trust (SENEH)

Support poor elderly women with a safe shelter in their old age

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Bibianna finally finds a home and family at 60!

Bibianna had a hard life and had to suffer all her life. She belongs to the tribal district of Jharkhand bordering Bihar.

Her father was a marginal farmer who could hardly make both ends meet. He had six children, three daughters, and three sons. Unfortunately, all her siblings died early.

She was married to a man who lived in a tribal village in Orissa. The couple had a son. Everything was fine until Bibianna started to develop a hunchback following an illness. Her husband then abandoned her because of her illness.

With no place to go, she returned to her parents' house. She raised her son single-handedly. Once he grew up, he abandoned her too. She then shifted to her sister's house for a year.

Suddenly one day, with no memory of what happened she found herself on a train to Guwahati. After spending 5 days with no food on the Guwahati railway station, a good samaritan fed her a meal. With no hope of what to do, she decided to beg on the station for her living. To save money, she collected used plastic bottles to sell them. She stored them under a bridge. Unfortunately, her stock of bottles that she collected was stolen. Unable to take the shock of losing all hope of some meager income, she blacked out again.

With no memory, she found herself on a remote lonely newly laid hill road. That's when some young members of an NGO, spotted her and informed the police who brought her to Seneh, the home for destitute old women.

At her initial days at Seneh, she was left alone to first feel safe before getting any information from her.

She is a very active person but with a disturbed mind. She gets into a trance whenever she hears devotional songs especially Christian hymns. Although the language is a barrier, she gels well with others who mostly speak Assamese.

She has now learned to hand knit foot mats from torn sarees.

She is undergoing therapy with a psychiatrist, and the caretakers at the shelter home hope that she will remember something over some time.

The Police are trying to locate her son in Bihar according to the address that Bibianna shared, but they have had no success.

She is safe today with shelter, food and medical care. More importantly, she has a home and family that care for her.

Your help can make many more destitute women like Bibianna with a safe shelter in their golden years. You can donate so that they get care that they deserve. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


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About The Program

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Program Description

Seneh is a shelter home for destitute and old women of the age, fifty and above. The Seneh shelter home is located in a semi-urban area in Guwahati city.

Donations to this program cover the cost of salaries of the caretakers and overhead expenses to run the home.

The community workers of Seneh identify the destitute and needy elderly women through their outreach program.

The program supports elderly women who are homeless, women with no family or guardians and/or women with no financial support.

At Seneh, they provide them with shelter, food, clothing, medical care and above all a home.

They live like a family and take care of the shelter home themselves. They cook and clean by turn. They are encouraged and provided with facilities to pursue hobbies like weaving, flower making, embroidery, knitting, and singing.

The women in the shelter home adopt Seneh as their home, and the play and laugh with other members like their own family.

As of now, Seneh can accommodate about 25 destitute women, and it is fully occupied.

When you donate to this program, you help destitute elderly women with a safe shelter, a home, food, and care in their senior years.

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About The NGO

Bhavada Devi Memorial Philanthropic Trust (SENEH)
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Bhavada Devi Memorial Philanthropic Trust (SENEH)

Bhavada Devi Philanthropic Trust is working for the benefit of the underprivileged and deprived sections of the society, especially women of North East India.

The old and the infirm suffer, sinc their children in many cases are dumping them to fend for themselves out of economic compulsions. Women in the age group of fifty and above are the ones who suffer the most, because they are mentally and physically vulnerable.

To alleviate their suffering and bring dignity to some of these women, the Trust has opened a destitute home at Guwahati. Aptly named SENEH, meaning 'Selfless Love', the home provides shelter, food, medical care, clothing and all necessities for sustaining a decent dignified life.

As of now there are over 20 destitute women who have made SENEH their home. The extent of help that such hapless women require is evident from the fact that in the last few years SENEH has organized cataract operations, provided dentures, hearing aids, and treatments for various ailments including prolonged psychiatric medication.

The vision is that in the sunset of their lives, they can once again learn to laugh and sing and live together as a family.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Atul Chandra Barua

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health | elderly

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Bhavada Devi Memorial Philanthropic Trust (SENEH) has

provided food, shelter and medical care to 34 destitute women

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2017: Best Woman Farmer Award

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Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

2 June, 2022



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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Two physiologically sick pavement dwellers who do not even remember their names and antecedents were picked up from the street corners in absolute dishevel conditions and picked up from the street corners in the period and given shelter in our home for destitute women. We name them FAGUNI and AMMA. AMMA is definitely from Tamilnadu since she can speak only Tamil. They are under intensive psychiatric treatment and showing good improvement. In the meantime, Faguni had a severe stomach ache. She also stopped eating food and was diagnosed with a kidney stone. She was operated on successfully in a local private hospital. She is today hail and hearty. She is an Assamese. With these two inductions, a total of 30 needy are presently housed in our destitute home. Twelve of these are psychiatric patients. The physical condition of the two as of now is problematic.

Challenges faced and next steps

Significant challenges faced in the period were firstly the health of the old residents. We have already mentioned the health of Faguni. On average, we need to spend more than Rs 40,000 PM for the medical needs of the old and infirm residents. If hospitalization is necessitated in severe ailments, the requirement becomes much more significant. Two reasons stood in our ways. Mainly Home Ministry's denial to renew our FCRA registration due to reasons known to them. We have been told a total of 10000 NGOs are impacted. Our primary source of funds towards medical expenses (On an average of 60% ) came from the Assam Foundation of North America. This dried up completely. We managed somehow with Give India's remittances and titbits of help rendered by our Trustees and well-wishers. We also prematurely broke one of our Fixed deposits to overcome the challenge. Post-COVID complications of one of our beneficiaries, Ashalata, required her to stay in ICU for seven days, further drained our resources.

Stories from the ground

Anamika was dropped from a moving car in front of a police station in Goalpara 250 km from Guwahati. The police could not communicate with her as she was utterly hearing and speech impaired. She was illiterate also. Due to this problem, the police were unable to trace her origin. The police then handed her to our destitute home. As we could not find anything about her name, we gave her "Anamika," meaning nameless. Once, she scribbled some letters while in our office. We identified it as in Telegu. So we called a Telugu-speaking gentleman to communicate with her. But other than the letters, she couldn't form any sentence, and hence our efforts to identify her origins failed. Since her arrival, she has been highly agile and healthy for two years. Unfortunately, after that, she suddenly started losing weight. We took her to a hospital. The doctors there could not find any ailment, but her legs began swelling, indicating a liver problem. We took her to a liver specialist in another hospital on the doctor's recommendation. The specialist diagnosed her with a severe case of liver disorder. This particular specialist is believed to be best available in the northeast. She has been under his treatment since then. Unfortunately, she is not improved much. Rather her condition has been deteriorating in the last six months. We are keeping our fingers crossed. We request the blessing of donors to keep her alive as soon as possible. As of now, she can move around laboriously.

29 September, 2021



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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

We have changed our priorities and put all our energies to help such destitute who without our intervention would probably have not survived the hardship, neglect and most importantly, physical and mental ailments they were suffering silently without any medical intervention, before our intervention We have space constraints. As of now, we cannot accommodate more than 28 destitute in our facilities. We are in the process to increase the capacity by constructing a new unit. Unfortunately, fund constraints have forced us to halt the construction works. The reader will probably understand when we narrate how we have saved two lives and provided them with a home. The two Chandra and Faguni who joined us in the last six months are probably our new success stories. In addition, we have also helped five pavement dwellers to start a new life.Our activities are limited to the North East. We have also helped a mentally sick woman from West Bengal by providing her treatment and rehabilitation.

Challenges faced and next steps

We had a harrowing COVID related experience. In the First Wave, all our residents were tested positive. Nine were hospitalized. It was a huge challenge to look after the others who stayed back. Our support staff provided yeomen service in looking after those who stayed back. They braved danger to their own selves. Two of them were later tested positive. Save one, a seventy-year-old all the 32 affected came out unscratched. This lady is still suffering from post covid complications. Her lung is badly affected. She had to be put on ventilator four months back. She is yet to recover fully.We are running short of funds to cater to the needs of medical expenditure in the last six months. Unfortunately, when demands for funds is more, remittances from GiveIndia came down to trickle in the last three months. We appeal for help.We have tied up with a local private hospital for emergency help to the sick at a minimal cost.Subject to availability of funds we plan to start a similar facility for homeless, sick old men also in near future. In addition, we intend to increase capacity as narrated previously

Stories from the ground

Take the case of Chandra, an approximately 60 plus woman. She does not know any language other than Tamil. She does not know how she landed up at Guwahati. She remembers nothing about her past. When we picked her up from a street corner using physical force she was not only was on tatters with knotted hairs and sunken eyes, she was mentally imbalanced. Violent protests and shrieks did not deter us from making all efforts to provide her with a home to live in. Post psychiatric and medical treatment, she is a healthy resident of Seneh, our home for destitute old women today. Her psychiatric treatment will continue for a long. It is a wonderful sight to see her mixing with others and communicating with mostly sign language. She makes wonderful brooms with stems of coconut leaflets. The story of Faguni is also similar. Unfortunately, her psychological problems persist.

5 April, 2021



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Bhavada Devi Philanthropic Trust “SENEH” is a Public Charitable Trust working for the benefit of the Ignored, Disregarded, Overlooked, Oppressed, Depressed, under privileged and deprived section of the society especially old women.
To alleviate the sufferings , and bring dignity and succor to some of the deprived and neglected women mostly old and infirm., the Trust had opened a destitute home at Guwahati. Aptly named SENEH, meaning �Selfless Love�, the home provides shelter, food, medical care, clothing and all necessities for sustaining a decent dignified life. The vision is; in the sunset years of their lives, they can once again learn to laugh and sing and live together as a family . ALL ABSOLUTELY FREE. The trust decided following eligibility criteria for residency in the home.
a. She should be above Fifty.
b. She should have no shelter or roof of her own over her head.
c. She should have no means of sustenance.
d. She should have no son since looking after the parents by a son has been made mandatory by law.
e. There will be no discrimination based on religion, caste, creed or ethnicity.
Till date more than fifty old women suffering from different ailments , both physical and psychological benefited .from our outreach. Ninety percent were pavement dwellers. The psychological ailments included complete derangements that required long hospitalization in psychiatric hospitals. They are all leading a somewhat normal lives now in our destitute home.

5 July, 2020

"SENEH" , Touching lives. Giving Hope.


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"SENEH" , Touching lives. Giving Hope.

As of now , there are 25 old women living at Seneh, our home for Destitute Old Women. The women were mostly pavement dwellers with psychological problems of different degrees including a few with absolute mental derangement and other physical diseases. They are not prolonged medications.
One of the highlights of last three months for which we have good reason to chest thump , is Rahima a mentally deranged and also retarded woman who was lying below a busy flyover, badly injured because of probably some road accident,who was battling for life when we picked her up and treated her in our humble facility. She could be revived, her injuries healed,( The Doctors advised amputation of one her legs, but our nurses took it as a challenge and her leg could be saved). Today she is hale and hearty although she is under treatment for her psychological maladies that is showing results.

3 December, 2019

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Care and support being provided