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Oct 5, 2020

A New Way of Life

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nutritious meals

"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change. In this world, where you can be anything, be kind."

 

Dear Maitri Friend,

 We hope all is well and you are keeping safe during these unprecedented times.  The Covid pandemic has created an unusual circumstance in the world history and the wide-ranging consequences of the pandemic and the lockdown have started to emerge To ensure utmost safety at MaitriGhar, there were restrictions on entry of all external visitors & outsiders, the Widow Mothers (Mayiyas) and staff in self-quarantine since mid of March, highly selective vendor-picking process for fruits and other essentials, sanitization of food delivery vehicles, sanitization of the building. To ensure that no one is at risk of the disease, the staff stayed in the Old Age Home. All safety precautions were taken and staff were equipped with masks, and sanitizers. MaitriGhar while ensuring care and warmth for our widow mothers, has ensured good healthy nutrition on a daily basis with seasonal fruits, milk and supplements as required. Health Check ups and camps were facilitated following all safety protocolsIn the month of August , everyone in the home (both elderly residents and staff team) were tested for the first time (Rapid testing and RTPCR testing) and all tested negative.

 While the pandemic has brought new set of challenges, for elderly mothers residing in Maitrighar, life coping skills becomes difficult every day. This involves reorienting themselves to a new lifestyle routine fraught with new risks, while adhering to a new healthy norm. Wearing masks and constantly practicing safety measures, and while not letting go things that are essential to their daily routine like good health & nutrition, physical activities, and prayers has been a constant struggle. Our staff reminds them regularly about the risks of the disease. Counselling the elderly mothers to understand the criticality to cocoon them during the pandemic while respecting their sense of choice and dignity, in an institutional setting, has been a big challenge. For mothers who have come to this place and with the sole purpose of spending their last days in devotion to Lord Krishna, or the ones who are habituated to go to the Bhajjan Ashram, and the ones struggling with loneliness and isolation find it more difficult when their movements are restricted.  We have conducted regular health camps and counselling sessions addressed towards health and hygiene practices, anxiety and stress related problems due to the pandemic.  Additionally, we organised role play sessions to familiarise them with the ‘new normal,’ and prepare the staff  for any unforeseen eventuality. While working for 24 hours in the ashram, the team has been providing emotional care and support to the mothers since the lockdown and subsequently. They spent time in reading religious scriptures, singing bhajans. They also practice breathing exercises and dhyan yog ( sleep medication). They watch shows like Ramayan and Mahabharat .  

Our staff has ensured their physical activities aren’t hampered. They encourage the mothers for daily evening walk within the premises of the ashram while  they wear masks, maintain distance or walk one at a time in turns. the staff in the Shelter Home have been working unabated, ensuring the all residents have all the support and supplies that they need. Our team have been giving motivational talks and sessions every day, along with regular yoga and meditation . Yoga being one of the best forms of physical, mental and spiritual practice is best suited for this quarantine period. With breathing and meditation, it takes cares of their body, mind and soul. One of the resident mothers, 99 years old, advices others to follow her, as she practices yoga.  During these times of anxiety and stress, Yoga helps her to maintain a steady state of mind.  She smiles as she explains the benefits of being healthy to other inmates.

 Access to health care and medical services continues to be a big challenge. Most of the members have other comorbid conditions that puts them at a higher risk. With increasing cases in Vrindavan and Radhakund, and some ashrams being sealed by district suthorities, hospitals visit and treatments has high risks for the elderly. The mothers who are diabetic and who were prescribed medication 6 months ago require a change in medication or treatments and other essential consultations. This has an adverse impact on the progress of their health.  Providing affordable geriatric care and mental health cost of this crisis will play out in the years to come. Vrindavan being a hotspot for tourists and a religious hub attracts both national and international crowd. So we have to extremely careful for the safety of the mothers. 

In this quarter we have observe the 74th Independence Day in our homes, with celebrations and decorations. The mothers offered their gratitude to all caretakers. We also celebrated Raksha Bandhan, where they tied rakhis to team members. Their prayers and faith have brought us so far. Your support will take us further.

Elderly mothers are  adapting to lockdowns and social distancing while transitioning toward an era of permanent changes in the way they live. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we continue all our activities, as we learn and embrace a new way of life.  The world is presently knee-deep in uncharted waters, and the only way to move forward is to embrace what can only be called, the new normal and none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you for being our pillar of strength! With your precious support, we have been and we will be able to translate Maitri’s commitment into a meaningful change. During these unexpected and unprecedented times when we do not know of the new challenges ahead us, we are hopeful because never before has it been so important to know that we are all in this together.   We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.

We want to assure you that we will continue to keep the mothers safe and healthy.

 

With Gratitude

nutritious meals
nutritious meals
Yoga
Yoga
99 year old mother doing yoga
99 year old mother doing yoga
99 year old mother doing yoga
99 year old mother doing yoga
Celebrations- IndependenceDay
Celebrations- IndependenceDay
Celebrations-Rakhsha Bandhan
Celebrations-Rakhsha Bandhan
Celebrations- IndependenceDay
Celebrations- IndependenceDay
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nutritious meals
dyan Yog
dyan Yog
Jul 6, 2020

COVID19 support for Maitrigram Children & their families

Dry  Ration kit distribution
Dry Ration kit distribution

Dear Maitri Friend,

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a heavy lock down in Delhi with all schools shut since March 22 2020. During this time of crisis, our Afterschool Programme for underprivileged children and vocational centre (Stitching and tailoring classes) remains closed. However, we have reached out to families and communities of our students.  With the state of emergency and lock-down their parents have lost any opportunity to earn any money. Their abilities to earn a basic living and feed their families has been compromised.

The communities consist of a mixed population of migrant workers, domestic workers, labourers, daily wage earners, and others who heavily rely on informal sector. Our efforts were to support the most vulnerable families, who are stuck with no jobs & food and are hit hardest by the pandemic. The unprecedented cycles of lockdown have disrupted their lives. They lived through their small savings and by borrowing money and raw essentials. But as the lockdown extended, they exhausted all their resources and means.

With the help of our staff members, and support from our donor, we were able to distribute dry rations to 225 families. One ration kit consists of: 10 kg rice, 10 kg atta, 2 kg dal, 2ltr oil, 1 kg salt, 1 kg sugar, Mirchi, haldi, & Sanitary pads.    We distributed rations kits to families of children we work with along with other vulnerable families identified by staff and community members.  All items were procured and delivered at Maitri’s community centre and the families were informed. The teachers and volunteers proactively ensured that everyone maintained distance and the distribution went smooth. Two Police officials were present during the distribution. The ration kits have brought a huge respite to all the families. However, there are a greater number of people who are still seeking support.

We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. We won't let the most vulnerable among us be side-lined during this time of crisis , but we need your support. Now, more than ever, our community needs us and we need you. We hope we will overcome this traumatic period together, and reopen our learning programme.

Jun 8, 2020

Keeping Elderly Widow Mothers safe during the Pandemic

Widow Mothers Prepare to face the pandemic
Widow Mothers Prepare to face the pandemic

Dear Maitri Friend,

With Coronavirus being our major concern presently, we have set out to ensure that the elderly mothers don’t remain on the sidelines, but are looked after like they deserve. The pandemic has disrupted lives and is challenging the survival and well-being of human beings, especially of the vulnerable.

MaitriGhar while ensuring care and warmth for our widow mothers has ensured good healthy nutrition on a daily basis with seasonal fruits, milk and supplements as required. We have restricted the entry of all external visitors & outsiders, with the Widow Mothers (Mayiyas) and staff in self quarantine since mid of March . As elderly, chronic patients, poor and other vulnerable population are more prone to this disease, Maitri has set out to ensure that all necessary precautions & safety measures are at place.

Abandoned by their families, most of these mothers have come to Vrindavan in the solace of Lord krishna where they spend most of the time doing kirtan and singing in Bhajjan Ashrams. Staying indoors and restricted movement is a big shift in their daily routine. Despite the reluctance, they followed everything that is advocated, from washing their hands properly with soap as many times as possible to cleaning homes. They cover their mouths, gargle and stay calm and participate in staying safe and keep others safe.

Across the globe, as public health experts have suggested that practicing social distancing and limiting human contact could control the disease, Mothers attempt to practice social distancing despite the difficulties in a space crunched accommodation. Heading to information on news and discussions with staff members, Mothers with diabetes and high blood pressure have become more conscious of their health.

Life during Covid Times can be challenging for anyone in an institutional setting . Maitri provides nutritious meals with fruit and milk. Maitri has ensured sufficient stocks of food and cooking supplies. Being vulnerable to loneliness, Maitri has also ensured that their emotional and psychological needs are taken care of. The outbreak of a disease, lack of meaningful activity engagement, restrictions in mobility could result in isolation, mass anxiety or even a mental health crisis. While the staff made certain there is no panic or anxiety, the mothers engaged themselves with different activities to keep themselves busy..Their mental and physical health is being ensured with engaging them in activities like yoga , meditation , kirtan and self reiki; They also engage in story telling, board games, carrom, etc

Mothers at MaitriGhar join in with the nation's efforts, through prayers, lighting diyas and showing their gratitude for  the services of our doctors, nurses and police personnel and armed forces who are engaged at the front lines in saving the lives of our countrymen. While fear and frustration grips over worldwide, gratitude acts as a solidifying agent in socially-isolated times. It has a powerful effect in safeguarding mental health, motivating the spirit of frontline warriors and reducing fear and stress.  

In this stressful time, when the only way to fight this pandemic is to minimize the very thing that is essential to being human: social connectivity; Solidarity, support & safety becomes the guiding mantra.  Let's ensure this distancing brings us closer together and we get pass these difficult times.

Your support during this time of crisis, forms the backbone of our elderly care programme. Never before has it been so important to know that we are all in this together. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. We want to assure you that despite all challenges, all activities will continue to keep the mothers safe and healthy.

Thank you.

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Health Check ups
Health Check ups
Yoga
Yoga
Mothers take all safety measures
Mothers take all safety measures
Milk Distribution
Milk Distribution
Mothers practice physical distancing
Mothers practice physical distancing
 
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