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The first such training camp was organized at Mira Sahbhagini Ashram on February 24, 2013. Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh Sanitation Movement initiated the programme teaching Hindi and Bengali languages himself. The initiation in this direction is a part of Sulabh’s drive to help the widows in the various Ashrayas at Vrindavan. In its social justice litigation plaint filed before Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the National Legal Services Authority had sought amelioration of the pathetic conditions in which the old and destitute widows of Vrindavan lived. They eke their livelihood begging or singing bhajans in the Ashrayas and temples. The Hon’ble Supreme Court directed the Authority to enquire whether Sulabh International Social Service Organisation would be willing to make arrangements for supply of food to these widows. The Authority made the enquiry as directed by the Hon’ble Court. Dr. Bindheswar Pathak visited Vrindavan immediately thereafter. He met the widows at the various Ashrayas, listened to them relating the stories of their lives and made arrangements for distribution of Rs. 500 to each one of them, along with medical check-up of blood pressure by a physician, Dr. Pathak further announced that the widows would be getting monthly honorarium of Rs. 1000 regularly. On his second visit to Vrindavan, Founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement enhanced the amount to Rs. 2000 per month. At a function held at Mavalankar Hall, New Delhi on September 27, Mrs. Manu Ghosh, a senior widow from Vrindavan flagged off five ambulances for the Ashrayas at Vrindavan. LCD TV sets and refrigerators, one for each Ashraya were also made available.

vrindavan-rejuvenating-2Subsequent to the Vocational training having started the widows are learning fast to read and write, to make garlands of Tulsi and flowers, incense sticks along with Stitching and embroidery. There is a complete transformation visible in their lives, their attitude and behaviour. Mrs. Manu Ghosh, residing at Mira Sahbhagini Ashraya speaking on the occasion of the training programme said, Dr. Pathak has been sent by Sri Krishna Bhagwan himself for looking after us, now the widows need not go out for begging to earn their livelihood. It was further disclosed that a Seth visited Mira Sahbhagini Ashraya a couple of days back, he offered Rs. 10 each to Mrs. Saraswati Goldar and her friend, both widows over ninety years old. The offer was humbly declined, the ladies saying that they were no more accepting such alms, they were now being looked after by Dr. Pathak Saheb from Sulabh. They now sing bhajans in their Ashrayas, worshipping Sri Krishna Bhagwan and Radha while learning the work of artisans and craftsmen.

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