DSC_0115Dhanwanti DassiDhanvatti, 65, was married to a farmer at the age of 16. Together they had two children, and were living happily. Only a month after the birth of her daughter, however, husband died suddenly from a heart attack. At 20 years old, she was already a widow.

Dhanvatti worked as a housekeper, doing hard chores in order to help raise her two children. She sold her house to marry her children and ended up living with her son’s family.

Because of her spiritual beliefs, Dhanvatti left after five years to the holy city of Vrindavan. Living in the Raigali Anaj area, she sang religious songs, which provided her some food and money to pay for her Rs 600 rent. After the rent increased, she had to leave again, fortunately this time she found Maitri Ghar, Maitri’s Old Age Home in Vrindavan where she can live in fully furnished and well maintained home for free of cost.

The unique feature of Maitri’s Old Age Home for widows is that the resident widows can continue to live here for the rest of their lives. It is a huge relief to widows who sometimes do not have enough money to rent a decent room. But it is also quite a responsibility for Maitri to take care and provide for the needs of the widows.

Widows dorm beds

Thanks to Maitri’s loyal donors and supporters who enable us to serve widows of Vrindavan with better living condition, food, clothing and healthcare. Without your ongoing support it wouldn’t be possible to sustain the Old Age Homes.

If you haven’t donated yet, come and join us in bringing better health and happiness to marginalized and destitute widows of Vrindavan. Our project is listed on Global Giving, a reputed crowdfunding platform. Donate what you can – nothing is too less – every rupee, every dollar adds up, and together we can change lives. Donate here.

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