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
Feb 25, 2020

Victory,Glory and Growth

Victorious Team- Students of Maitrigram win prizes
Victorious Team- Students of Maitrigram win prizes

Dear Maitri Friend, 

Our world is home to 1.8 billion young people and the youth population is growing fastest in the poorest of nations (UNFPA, state of world population). By 2030, the target date for the sustainable development goals, the number of youth is projected to have grown by 7 per cent, to nearly 1.3 billion. In fact, never before have there been so many young people and never again is there likely to be such potential for economic and social progress. There fore education is critical to define our common future. 

To meet the needs and aspirations of underserved children in Delh,i Maitri started its after school programme in February 2008. Since then the organization has supported and mentored thousands of children who were deprived of standard education, school activities and tuition support. Maitri has been providing these children from local slums with education through subjects like English, Maths and Science and providing them exposure to different activities. It is our endeavor to increase skills and knowledge of these children and enable them to become innovators, thinkers and problem-solvers.

Victory, Glory & Growth

 Fun and play is a big part of growing up. Young children put a lot of hard work, emotion, intellect and imagination into games they play. Because they are driven from within, it helps them understand and learn powerful lessons through play. In last quarter, Maitrigram children had opportunity to learn valuable lessons as they played.

 You will be happy to know in the last quarter Students of Maitrigram, have participated in sports meet organized by Modern School and have won hearts along with medals and prizes. hey had the enthusiasm and wide smiles to go with for the sports day, which made up for the lack of sports outfits and sports shoes. The event had fun races such as Dressing Up Relay Race, Red Letter Race, Lemon Spoon Race and Obstacle Race etc. Amid a lot of cheers and excitement, children participated in all the sporting games.

 They were proud to have participated and happily showed off the prizes they had won and the certificates they had received. The event gave the children an opportunity to not only display their talent and confidence but exposed them to a school life, which they can aspire for. It was also an opportunityto interact with children from Modern School, which always motivates them to do better and aim for education in a private school. They were so happy to interact with children from other NGOs and enjoyed the game immensely. These activities help each one of these kids reach their full potential.

 

Celebrating the Festive seasons

 In October, Maitrigram children celebrated Diwali with joyous spirit. They decorated their classroom and the surrounding area with colours and lights and dressed up in colourful outfits. After a brief pooja (worship), children danced to popular Bollywood songs and the little ones sang and danced to music. The celebration was complete with distribution of sweets and snacks. This kind of celebration helps foster a sense of brotherhood and community among children.

 In December, children celebrated Christmas. They had their own little Christmas Tree and Santa caps. The teachers talked to them about Jesus and explained what the festival is about. Maitrigram children love celebrations, mostly because it also means they have an opportunity to dress elaborately, sing and dance and of course, they look forward to receiving gifts and lots of sweets. Maitri hopes to instil in them respect and sensibility towards all faiths and use every festival to spread love and joy.

The children from the community, that we work with have limited educational and employment opportunities and face discrimination based on gender, poverty and caste .We are grateful to your support to children Because of you they can grow in a safe and learning environment and explore opprtunities. Thank you once again!

The team
The team
Practice before the race.
Practice before the race.
Christmas celebrations
Christmas celebrations
Jan 29, 2020

Widow Mothers explore Varanasi

Mothers explore Varanasi
Mothers explore Varanasi

“Health does not always come from medicine. Most of the time, it comes from peace of mind, peace in the heart, peace in the soul. It comes from laughter and love.”

 Dear Maitri Friend,

What a wonderful year we have had so far at MaitriGhar! It was our desire to bring these beautiful widow mothers into a safe home with all the basic amenities that will make their stay comfortable and help them achieve a happy and healthy ageing. Your love has helped more than 300 widow mothers. We had a dream to make a difference in the lives of widow mothers and 10 years now, you have made a difference.

You will be happy to know that we have started excursion trips for mothers as a part of emotional and mental well-being. We believe group travel and exploring new places not only inculcates agency, self-independence, social connections but also helps in a healthy ageing.

 Mothers explore Varanasi

On the day of International Day for elimination of Violence against women, Maitri organized another group travel for Widow Mothers. Vrindavan has always been the mysterious place where thousands of widows flock to live. Most of them have left home, and have been travelling in solitude, for survival, with memories they would not like to return to. This journey from grief to growth has been extraordinary and difficult, but they have created a new family in Maitrighar Old Age Home . Maitri has introduced excursions and group travels with widow mothers to provide them with opportunities of expressing themselves and enhance social bonding. 

Varanasi holds a lot of significance for the mothers. One of the mothers said “I always wanted to walk by Ganga. It is believed that if a person dies in Varanasi—defined as the old city between the rivers Varuna and Assi—she will be redeemed of all sins. But all I want to do is sit beside the water, and catch a breath”. She insisted how she has realized that life is to lived in the present. Another 72 year old mother who has difficulty in walking couldn't help expressing her excitement and joy. She said she felt like a child running by the river Ganga and Ghats. The trip became a wonderful experience to meet and talk with other elderly women and widows who lived nearby.

 Health as a priority

 "To keep the heart healthy, unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent--that is to triumph over old age."

 There's nothing more important than good health - that's our principal capital asset. In Maitrighar, every alternate day a doctor performs routine check up; mothers are taken to hospitals for different treatments as advised; there is provision of two nutritious meals with fruit and milk ; activities like Yoga, reiki etc are encouraged to improve mobility and movement; trips are organised for better social bonding and participation

 The mothers observed and celebrated Republic Day . The ashram was decorated with lights and flowers. The widows sang patriotic song, and flag hoisting was done by the oldest member of the home. A 105 year old hurled the national flag as she sang the tunes of the nationala anthem. They all sang bhajans and were served special meals.The Maiyyas were visited by the students of Sri Ram School, Delhi on to make them feel loved and cherished. The visit by these students really made the Maiyyas very happy.

 We invite well wishers and supporters to come and visit our ashram. They crave for love and affection. Your presence will be the warmest of gifts.

Varanasi Trip
Varanasi Trip
Ghats
Ghats
Mothers share their experience
Mothers share their experience
Ready for group travel
Ready for group travel
DEntal check ups
DEntal check ups
Specialised health treatment
Specialised health treatment
Republic Day- Celebrations
Republic Day- Celebrations
Flag hoisting b A 105 year old mother
Flag hoisting b A 105 year old mother
 
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