Nupur-maa snug in her new blanket!
Nupur, lovingly referred to as "Nupur-maa (mother)" by the Maitri India staff, is one the oldest widowed women in our care in Vrindavan. She is also one of the very few who have received a good education- she used to be an English lecturer at Dhaka University in erstwhile East Bengal (now Bangladesh). However, Nupur-maa does not like to talk about her past beyond this...
For this extremely frail lady in her eighties, Maitri India's shelter is her home and our staff her family. Nupur-maa enjoys snacking on glucose biscuits and drinking malted hot milk drinks. With age, she seems to be losing her appetite and now prefers to eat only bread and butter, along with fruits. Nupur-maa also suffers from asthma. The winter was particularly challenging for her as she had difficulty breathing and had to use an inhaler continuously. Fortunately, her asthma is under control now.
Thanks to your donation, Maitri India was able to provide Nupur-maa and other elderly and destitute widowed women with warm blankets during the winter!
On their behalf, we thank you for your generous support and encouragement throughout the project. Thank you for donating and spreading the word about our cause - through our joint efforts, we have met (and exceeded) our goal of raising $10,000 for blankets and warm clothing for about 500 such women. Please note that all our excess funding is used for our other program initiatives for these widowed women, including the provision of daily nutritious midday meals, fruits, health supplements, clothing, footwear and healthcare. If you ever happen to visit India, we hope that you can visit our project and interact directly with these elderly women who have been abandoned by their own families. We will re-activate this project again towards the latter half of the year, when winter starts to approach and look forward to your continued support!
We are also very excited to share that Maitri India has purchased a plot of land in Vrindavan, where we plan to build an Old Age Home/Ageing Resource Center that will accommodate 100 elderly women. Please be on the look-out for our upcoming project on GlobalGiving to help raise funds for this!
Thank you so much for all your support!
Nupur-maa enjoys knitting
Our interns Annie and Shantel in Vrindavan