Research on health and homelessness in India shows that people on the streets suffer multiple serious illnesses, such as mental disorders and infectious diseases, and are routinely denied proper treatment in government hospitals. There are a lot of stigma around homelessness girl children widows and poor.
Homeless women, particularly those who are single and widows, are more vulnerable to physical violence and sexual abuse on the streets than other groups. They are also more likely to live with their children and are often induced to take up unsafe and insecure jobs, such as in prostitution and drug networks, in exchange for physical protection and food.
Hindu brides are often expected to live with their husbands’ families. This weakens ties with their own, and widowhood can spell disaster. Without a husband, a portion of India’s approximately 40 million widows are violently purged from their homes each year. Many of the older widows are then seen as a burden to the family. Going through very terrible abuse and some starved. They have no choice but to leave their homes. We lose our social status after our husbands die one widow said. Many of these castaway widows — most of them illiterate, some married off as infants .
Many of them escape from suttee, a now-banned practice in which Hindu widows immolated(by force or by hopelessness and fear of the future) themselves on their husbands’ funeral pyres.
There are little hope for a homeless and widows in India. Many of the older and sick when they died, garbage collectors would stuff their bodies into jute bags and throw them into rivers or burn the bodies along with trash.
In many parts of India, the birth of a girl child is not welcomed. Right from her arrival, she faces discrimination, humiliation, and oppression at every stage of life. When it comes to healthcare, education and growth opportunities, she is neglected because of her gender. Some manage to survive and foster new paths to follow. Most, however, surrender hopelessly to the sad fate assigned to them.Many land up in drainages ,given to temples as prostitutes or land up among the third gender colonies.Some land in gang where they are sexually sold for drugs and money.
In a country rife with gender inequalities and an underlying nature of patriarchy, girl children often find themselves at the short end of the stick. Discrimination against girls is rampant and due to the fear of abuse and exploitation, they are kept at home and not sent to school. Child marriages is yet another glaring issue due to which girls are forced to give up going to school at an early age.
We want to be part of a world where girls are celebrated. Where they are treated equally, with love and respect. What is urgently required in society today is a change of attitude. Girls must be given the same opportunities and protection as boys, and must be treated at par. A girl’s childhood can and must be preserved, cherished, nurtured and protected. Because she has the right to survive, develop, be protected and participate in decisions that impact her life.
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Our Homeless program provide food for 50 homeless people five days a week.Many are old widows who cant go out to beg anymore.They also need clothing and basic medicines and ointments.
There are many sick and dying also on the streets of our town. We clean them and give them food and take them to government hospital as they have no proof of identity and mostly they will be ignored and rejected at the hospitals. With the help of our volunteers they get help and admission medicines etc.
This program helps a woman to discover herself. Her talents. We build on her self esteem .We teach them skills to help them provide for themselves and to just get together in a friendly and loving environment where they can encourage and support each other,
The Girl Child.
We work together with hostels and orphans to rebuild the image of the girl child. We teach them skills. Help them discover their worth. We provide sanitary items on a monthly basis. We also support them with books and stationary so that they can continue to go to school.
Less fortunate and singel mothers
Many women struggle after the husband leave. They have no support .We provide a rice bag to each of these type of families.Some are older widows handicapped and sick.
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