In December last year, our founder Swati Goel Sharma came across a frantic call for help on Twitter. A good samaritan Vikram Kumar Bagde begged the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh for help to rescue a family of blacksmiths that had lost its only son, who was also the family’s bread earner, and in which the father was terminally ill. The son had died as a result of electrocution three years back, which put his old parents and sister in a precarious position. His father Ghasi Ram was fighting the last stage of cancer. The family, deprived of a breadwinner and burdened by Ghasi Ram’s mounting medical expenses, struggled to make ends meet.
After learning the pitiable plight of Ghasi Ram and his family members, Sharma got in touch with them through Bagde. The Sewa Nyaya Utthan Foundation supported Ghisa Ram in his cancer treatment. Unfortunately, the killer disease had the last laugh despite our best efforts and that of the doctors and Ghisa Ram breathed his last on August 5, and the family lost another bread earner.
Ghisa Ram’s teenage daughter Tina is now the only hope for her mother. The foundation helped the family set up a grocery shop in front of its home, and not only that, it helped in stocking the shop up as well. Bagde rendered exemplary support at every step, volunteering to steer our entire initiative. We are not just thankful towards him, we are also extremely proud of him. It is such people who make all the difference in society with their humanitarian approach.
Sharma also offered to open a fixed deposit that could be used to cover Tina’s marriage expenses in the future. Tina did not have a bank account initially but is in the process of getting one opened. Once that is done, Sharma had pledged to transfer a substantial amount as a fixed deposit. Evidently, therefore, the Sewa Nyaya Utthan Foundation not only sought to prop up Tina and her mother’s lives right now but has also strived to secure their future as well.
Our founders have always tried to make families self-reliant. We have gifted kiosks to numerous women, who had thought they did not have anything left in their lives. From Rinku Devi in Bihar to Durga in Delhi, we have done our best to set up sources of livelihood for the ‘Lakshmis’ of their respective families. Tina is another of the girls whom we have helped. The kiosks gifted by us could be turned into rich sources of income with adequate hard work, and we ardently hope that the women who have received them can really benefit from them.
The foundation has also sought to create human chains so that the poor and needy do not run out of support at any time whatsoever. Do support us so that we can continue to save lives.