Remember my last post on my visit to the orphanage; I think it is important to acknowledge the people who are helping these kids pick up the loose threads of life. When I visited the kids, I did not know whose child home it was. On entering the office, I saw the pictures of an elderly lady whom I had seen somewhere but couldn’t really place where. When I sat down with the kids and asked them their name, everyone’s last name ended with Sindhutai Sapkal. That’s when I knew they were really in safe hands.
Sindhutai is known as mother of orphans as she has been rehabilitating them since last 40 years. All the money that she has won in more than 270 awards has been used to buy land to make this four story orphanage along with the monetary help that has poured in from all the quarters.
I have never visited any child homes earlier so I don’t know if they are all that good but you have to look at the pictures to see how everything of importance to children has been well taken care of. The cleanliness of the kitchen is the high point for me. Neatly stacked utensils, spotless shelves, well wiped out floors and perfectly scrubbed sinks; hygiene is something that is not compromised at all.
A water filter so that kids can drink clean water and not something straight out of the borewell.
Clean bunk beds with cotton mattresses and equally clean washrooms with no stink, filth or unnecessary wetness.
The kids go to school every day and the ones who are elder are sent to colleges as well. The parent’s name is filled with pride with ‘Maai’ being their support system. She does not live with them at the orphanage all the time but makes sure that she is there to celebrate all the important occasions like Diwali.
For those of you who are interested can visit the site at http://www.sindhutai.etinmyarea.com/ to know more about the daily needs of these children. I know that we all want to do something for them but this time do it. Set some time out and visit a child home in your area to contribute not just money but some moments too.