SEWA MARCHING AHEAD!
SEWA member Neelakanthan suggested that Thavanoor near Shranur housing an Old age home, Rescue home, and Pratheeksha Bhavan (for mentally retarded) each managed by a superintendent and an assistant to help was a deserving case for consideration by SEWA. There were more than 20 inmates in each of them and most of them are physically unfit and require regular checkups. A vehicle is unavoidable as there is no hospital nearby. The relatives and friends of the inmates hardly enquire about them. The staff are helpless without any external source of money.
This Onam unlike earlier ones was different for our SEWA members . Our Sewa Members Devadas, Sujatha, Mercy and Jose Jacob went to a whole sale shop and selected dress materials for inmates of Old age home , rescue home, and Pratheeksha Bhavan on Onam. Our president Mr Potti , Jose Jacob and Mercy went to Thavanoor in August , where they were welcomed by Supdt. Chandramati and members of ‘ Souhruda samithi’ (which is an advisory and action council). They explained the working of each unit and expressed that the main difficulty faced by them was acute shortage of money for medicines to maintain the mentally retarded inmates . They got donations during festive seasons in kinds only.
Our representatives visited Old age home which is housed in new building and maintained hygienically and personally presented ‘Onakkodi’ to every inmate. Words are insufficient to explain the joy on the face of the inmates when they saw the ‘set mundu,
Since visitors are not allowed in the Rescue home ‘Onakkodi’ was given to the representatives of rescue home to be given to the inmates.
After that they visited Prateekshaw Bhavan , housing 26 grown up mentally retarded males . The blessings GOD has bestowed on us can be understood if we see them in person.. Neither joy or sorrow could be seen on their faces when Onakkodi was distributed to them since these feelings are alien to most of them. In spite of the dedicated work of the staff the rooms are stingy and untidy. They are also part of the human folk!!!!!!
The “souhruda samithi” convened a small meeting and thanked Reeca Sewa Committee and Merchants association Edappal who also distributed their presents to the inmates.
Considering the growth of SEWA within a short period, mainly on charitable front , it can be presumed that it is gearing to be a very successful organization which will give pride to RECCA78 family and future generations