Madhavi lives in the slum of the city of Hyderabad with her widowed mother and six brothers and sisters. Her community is infamous for thieves and goons, drunkards and abusers. The eldest of a family of six, she supported her widowed mother in the daily chores as well as outdoors. She accompanied her to work as a daily wage laborer in a small scale industry. They struggled to make ends meet and to provide one square meal for the family.
When we met Madhavi, we could not allow her to be a victim of her circumstances. We wanted to give her a chance to dream, believe and achieve. Adamant in our pursuit of transforming her life, we started a neighborhood school where she could learn, play and be a child again. But Madhavi was a child labor. To enroll her in school meant pulling her out of work – a luxury her family could not afford.
To start with, we provided Madhavi a free midday meal on attending school. She was malnourished and weak and needed to be healthy. We also designed a specialized curriculum of value based education complemented by vocational training. This would ensure that Madhavi would be educated and employable when she graduates school.
The women in the community were also trained and placed in better jobs. However, Madhavi would still be late and irregular to school. On probing the matter. we realized that the neighbourhood had no supply of clean drinking water and that they had to wait in a queue every other day to fill up water.
To make Madhavi to be in class on time, we walked into the community and talked to the local authorities bringing this issue into their purview. After endless struggle, we got water running in the pipes of every household in the community. Just when we thought it was over, there was another challenge we faced. As bright and brilliant as she was in class, Madhavi would never complete her homework. The slum had no electricity, making it impossible to study. Yet again, we lit up her home and future, by installing low-cost meters in every nook and corner. Months passed by and time flew, each day Madhavi was learning something new at school.
One unfortunate day, destiny took her mother by a heart attack thus leaving Madhavi and her siblings orphaned. Even relatives turned their back on the poor children. To provide a safe environment for them, we started an orphanage that slowly expanded to include old destitute women and middle aged ladies who were divorced, widows or been abused. They were made to feel like home and were taken care of with utmost love and affection. Madhavi grew to study nursing and became the best in her field. She not only took care of her siblings but also the people in the home.
Madhavi is the story of every child in the slums of the city. And ‘Sai Seva Sangh’ is the story of how a group of individuals took one step at a time towards the holistic development of the individual and society. We believe that sustenance of such an educational institution filled with motherly love and warmth is crucial in today’s modern world. This holistic well-being initiative can aid in shaping the young minds in a morally right track abandoning the trail of goons and thieves. Together we can ensure that every child is given the basic education and an opportunity to work towards their dreams.The future lies in your hands, your donation can make a difference in making it a secure and happy one. To keep our efforts in swing and help us transform more lives and fulfill new dreams, we need your support in this journey of impact. Together, we can guide all the Madhavi’s out there and help them achieve success soaring sky high!