Widows, Single Parents and Orphans

Financial Assistance to Poor Widows, Single Parents and Orphans

On the left is a widow with two children & on the right is a grandmother having to take care of 5 orphans and who look forward for support. These are but examples. There are more than 250 similar cases who have been identified in Navi Mumbai.

Financial Assistance to Poor Widows, Single Parents and Orphans : Having to wade through a life of poverty is a problem, but when it becomes compounded by the loss of the main earning member, the father, life is made almost an impossibility to the widow. To take care of the children, their schooling needs and to ensure that all the household chores are also taken care of can be a very difficult task for many to comprehend.

The problem is compounded by the fact that whatever job the mother, a widow, takes up has to match with the school timings of the children and this becomes a very limiting factor as far as getting or taking up a job is concerned. And if there is a small child in the house, then the problem is dramatically altered, making it almost impossible for the mother to go to work.

Then there are those unfortunate children who are orphans and who are taken care of by one relative or the other. This casts an additional load on the parents who have decided to raise these orphans. In order that the orphans are well taken care of, the new parents of these orphans who are also already struggling to meet two ends, will need to be provided additional financial support so that the orphans don’t suffer due to lack of funds.

This is a new project that our Trust has initiated. This was the result of our Trustees interaction with a number of such widows and single parents over the past few years. A large number of the students our Trust financially supports fall into this category. Their stories are heartrending and any person will want to do something to ameliorate their suffering. On a rough count, there are more than 250 such cases.

We will not be able to provide support to all such ladies. However, we can reach out to as many as we can. And this calls for your support to this cause. We are sure that slowly, with the support from well meaning people, we all will be able to bring about a change in the lives of these unfortunate ones. To start with, we are planning to provide a support of ₹ 12,000/year to at least 40-50 such families. Depending on the support we get from well-wishers, we would like to expand our reach to include many more similar needy families.