In 2013 and 2014 we ran some workshops to support Seva Sankalp, a home for destitute and at risk girls in South India that Manju has supported since 2005. We visited them both years to deliver the money personally.
Here are some Photographs of their home at that time. It was really heartbreaking to see the conditions that they lived in. Fortunately they have now moved to a better house that is much more suited to their needs.
• The first Photo is the tiny house where the 30 girls were living;
• The second Photo is the kitchen with the housekeeper and cook (the only staff that look after
the 30 girls);
• The third Photo is the toilets (3 outside toilets for 30 girls and 2 staff);
• The fourth Photo is the washing facilities (a single tap where the girls have to wash their own clothes);
• The fifth Photo shows the girls making artificial flowers. They make these to to raise funds for their home.
Believe it or not the room they were making the flowers in was also their bedroom! Every night they put mattresses on the floor and 30 girls sleep squashed up one next to the other;
• The sixth Photo is of their worldly possessions (all 30 girls!);
• The seventh Photo is of their plates and cups (they have one plate and one cup each which they must wash
up themselves after each meal),
• The eighth Photo is of their shoes (they have one pair each which in accordance with Indian custom must be
removed each time they enter the home);
• The ninth Photo is of their school bags and books;
• The tenth Photo is of them in their school uniforms (they know how fortunate they are to be going to
school and work so very, very hard at their studies).
That is it. That is all these girls have and the kindness of those who provide financial support to
• The final Photo is me with all the girls in 2015. I told them I wanted them all to smile to thank my students for
the money that they raised for them!