A few of our projects are deeply seeded by compassion and empathy, with the intention to help decrease the suffering of others. These initiatives impart love and care through meaningful interactions and make all the difference in the lives of those served.
Due to harsh poverty, thousands of elderly and vulnerable people end up sleeping hungry almost daily. The Annadaan Project extends care, compassion and generosity with the intention to share from the abundance that we have. Through donor support, we provide monthly groceries (rice, lentils, oil and flour) to 600+ people, who would otherwise not have anything substantial to eat. Our team conducts field surveys to identify those genuinely in need. After one year, we reassess the situation before providing another year of food support.
Bhav nu Bhojan
Through Bhav nu Bhojan, initiated at the Loving Center in 2010, a team of women from the community prepare and serve hot nourishing meals to 30 community elders, daily. These elders have all survived leprosy and lack family support. The program also assists them with doctor visits, wound dressings and medication.
Tyag nu Tiffin
This heartfelt initiative was started in 2011 by the late and beloved Raghu Makwana. The Tyaag nu Tiffin team prepares and delivers, often with volunteer support, home-cooked meals twice a day to nearly 20 elders who are incapacitated and alone. The program also covers cost of doctor visits and medications when required.
Once a year, in each of our community centers, we organize a Batuk-Mata Bhojan where all the children and mothers of the community, not just MS beneficiaries, are invited for a full traditional meal. With an intent to create an environment of love and community, we decorate the center, collectively cook the food, welcome and serve the guests with affection, and clean up afterwards. About 1500-2000 children and mothers attend. Many of them visit the center for the first time, learn about the projects and ways they can be involved in uplifting their family. Furthermore, caste stigmas still prevail strongly in the communities but eating together is one way to break the barrier. Furthermore, many of the them visit the center for the first time, learn about the projects and ways they can be involved in uplifting their family. Each event is usually sponsored by a donor.
The Loving Community was originally a settlement of families infected with leprosy. Though the disease is eradicated, subsequent generations still face the associated stigmas and struggle to transition from a life of begging to one of self-sustenance. As the area is low-lying, the homes completely submerge in water during the monsoons. The living spaces are small, dark, and lack basic necessities. In collaboration with De Montfort University and SEALAB, we are surveying, redesigning and rebuilding each home based on the family’s needs. The residents say the project is a dream come true.