Miracle of SHGs in Tamil nadu: Sewa Bharati re-establishes Shanthi, Kalarani, Anitha
In the suburbs of Nagerkovil town there is a small village called Sarakkalvilai, wherein one Shanthi aged 23 years who is a widow having a three-year-old female child happens to be the daughter of a member by name Bhathirakali belonging to Buvaneswari SHG.
The SHG members took into consideration the future of Shanthi in one of their weekly meetings and decided to arrange for her remarriage. Everything was planned and executed in a fantastic way. Shanthi entered a new life with an understanding partner Somalingaom. The SHGs funded and organised the marriage function. The people of the village were astonished by this activity of the SHG and extended all their support. During the visit of the Sewa Bharati office-bearer the mother of Shanthi, Smt Bathirakali, was in tears while describing the incident.
In a village called Aramannam near Kulasekaram the incident was even more appalling. One widow lived in Aramannam working as an agriculture coolie and her two adolescent daughters, namely Kalarani and Anitha, worked in a private firm in Andhra Pradesh. She died of cancer leaving behind the two daughters as orphans after spending all her earnings on her treatment. The two daughters who came to take care of their mother in the hospital were left with nothing but the corpse of their mother. There was nobody to help even for the funeral. The Sewa Bharati SHG members took the initiative and arranged for the funeral after performing all the last rites. They arranged for a safe place for their livelihood with suitable jobs, and took all initiatives to arrange for their marriages. One Panchayet member of the locality took the lead and with the generous contributions from all the SHGs across the District and various other organisations the marriage of Kalarani was arranged with Iyappan.
Helping the needy is another important social change that is happening almost everyday in the district through SHGs. Financial assistance for the sick persons, accident victims, victims of calamities like fire accidents, have become a normal routine for the SHGs.
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