Warm blankets for 500 destitute widows in India

 
$10,317
$0
Raised
Remaining

Summary

The Indian city of Vrindavan is home to thousands of widows who are abandoned by society and lack basic necessities, nutrition and healthcare.Most of them have to beg to supplement their meager daily "earning" of 0.14 USD for 8 hours of hymn-singing at local temples. Maitri India provides about 500 frail, elderly and abandoned widows with clothing, blankets, daily nutritious midday meals, dietary supplements and healthcare.With winter fast approaching, warm blankets are a much needed essential!

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Historically, widows congregate in India's holy city, Vrindavan, where they are expected to spend the rest of their lives after their husbands' death, praying for release from the cycle of birth and death. Abandoned by their families and society, they are subjected to much humiliation and are denied even essential human rights such as shelter, food, security, health and dignity.These injustices can be traced to the culture-specific practices and social taboos surrounding widowhood in India.

How will this project solve this problem?

Maitri India currently works to improve the health and living conditions of about 500 elderly and marginalized widows in Vrindavan. Our Project "Jeevan" seeks to promote dignity for them, and improve their standard of living. Towards this end, Maitri provides them with shelters, healthcare, daily nutritious midday meals, potable water, clothing, and other essentials. Providing warm blankets and socks will help these neglected women stay warm during the rapidly approaching cold winter season.

Potential Long Term Impact

Since blankets, shawls and sweaters are a long-lasting item, these will be usable by widowed women for at least a few years. Providing about 500 widows with blankets, sweaters and shawls will help take care of a basic need for protection against the cold. In addition, since most of the widows are often physically weak, these would help prevent further health problems. Blankets, shawls and sweaters are a necessity for them.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $10,317

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $10,317 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.

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This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Maitri India

New Delhi, Delhi India

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