Maitri Ghar

Background
Many Elderly women in India lead lives of neglect and poverty. In particular, aged and widowed women are often abandoned by their families. Maitri India is constructing an Ageing Resource Center in Vrindavan, which will be a home to 100 Elderly and destitute widow mothers. The center will also offer facilities for empowering them through vocational training and employment opportunities. Your donation will help purchase furniture and equipment to create a safe and comfortable home.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Many Elderly women in India suffer from poverty, isolation and social exclusion. In particular, Elderly widowed women are often denied even basic rights such as food, health-care and are thrown out of their homes by their families.Thousands of such aged Widows congregate in India’s holy city, Vrindavan, where they usually spend the rest of their lives in austerity, begging for food and living in hovels with no electricity and running water. This project seeks to restore dignity in their lives.

How will this project solve this problem?
Maitri India’s old age home will offer a safe, hygienic and comfortable home for 100 Elderly widowed women.Our program will also provide them essentials such as daily midday meals, nutritional supplements, clothing and healthcare. It will also help facilitate skill development, income generation and secure citizenship rights and government-provided benefits. Maitri will also ensure the widow mothers’ dignity in death through conducting their last rites in accordance with their religious beliefs.

Potential Long Term Impact
Our project will provide 200 aged women with shelter in a supportive and comfortable environment. Through the provision of midday meals, health supplements, and enabling access to general and multi-specialty healthcare, these women will be able to lead healthier lives. In addition, the project will help increase their socio-economic independence by facilitating access to citizenship rights and opportunities for vocational training, skill enhancement and employment.

Progress
With the money received from Aamir Khan’s Show “Satyamev Jayate” Maitri has purchased a land of 12,000 sq. yards on the Main Parkrima Marg in Vrindavan. Construction is nearing completion, as seen in the photo below.

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Large-dormitory

Ways to support this project:

To view the Old Age Home Brochure, click here