Rehabilitation project of HIV/AIDS affected orphan children in India
Mangaltai runs an institution called Prabha-Hira Pratishthan. One day, I attended a program on Mangaltaiâ€™s invitation and was awe-struck by her outstanding work. She shelter and provides care for children who have been affected by AIDS. She is totally surrendered herself to the cause of bringing joy in the lives of these ephemeral children largely rejected by the society. Her daughter Dimple, Son-in-Law Rajkumar,and her son have also joined her in carrying out this extraordinary commendable work.
Mangaltai took us to her project site which was in a highly dilapidated condition.It was measly tin shed, with 2 rooms, too frail to survive the mildest of rains and winds. Yet in such adverse conditions, Mangaltai, standing as a strong pillar of strength un-deterrently carries on her work. Mangaltai was playing with a baby whose sister had recently passed away. â€œWhat was the fault of these siblings who were brought irresponsibly into the world?â€ In her letter, Mangaltai writes, â€œAnkita was in my lap. I could not wink of sleep that night. She passed away in my arms. I slowly whispered in, the words of a Madgulkar poem slightly modified â€˜your last nest in my lapâ€¦.â€™. With tears in my eyes I wrote to her, â€œTai, where do you get this courage, this perseverance and this determination from?â€ Mangaltai wrote back coolly â€œFrom there where from Hirkani got hersâ€.
Hirkani from old history, for her baby, climbed down the treacherous rocky valley which was till then considered impossibly to trek. And now this Hirkani â€“Mangaltai spends her life in the valley of death, bringing joy to children who are fighting this incurable disease- a forerunner to death. As if she is trying to put death to sleep, to delay the un-avoidable and in the meantime bring some cheer and happiness to the hapless children. Mangaltai never feels that she is doing anything extraordinary and there is absolute no trace of any ego here. She toils selflessly and maintains that still plenty of work nees to be done and she is determined to carry out the work to the fullest of her capacity.
However money and society attitude are the main hurdles before her. Mangaltai is quite hopeful and believes that â€œsomeday we will overcome all these hurdlesâ€. I asked her, â€œWhere do you get this compassion from?â€ tai replied, â€œFrom river and trees..Rivers never seek to know who uses her water, trees never discriminate while giving fruits and shelter.â€ Mangaltaiâ€™s words and her work increase our faith in life, our faith in humanity. Mangaltai is doing the work that many of us may also want to undertake or at least assist in. Many of us yearn to do something for the society. Though it may be difficult to invest sufficient time it is easier to financially help Mangaltaiâ€™s project and have stratification of lending a hand to good social cause. The amount is not important, our awareness and enrichment of our conscience is important.
- Mrs. Mangaltai Shah President-9881533403
- Mrs. Dimple R. Ghadge-Secretary-9860069949
- Mr. Uttam abhangrao(Pandharpur)
- Mr. Amol Nagtilak (Pandharpur)
- Mrs.Poonam Gandhi (Akluj) 9823662253
- Mrs. Ujjwala Patil (Pandharpur)
- Mr. Adrash Doshi (Pandharpur)
- Mr. Ravikant Shah (Lonand) 02169-225018
- Mrs.Subhangi Patil (Kolhapur)
- Mrs. Kunda Tamhankar (Pune)
Honorable Advisory Committee
- Mr. Sanjubhai Kothadia (C.A) (Pandharpur)
- Dr. Shital shah (Child specialist) (Pandharpur)
- Mr. Ketan Shaha (Solapur)
- Mrs. Smita Sharad Shah (Pune)
- Dr. Sudesh Doshi
- Dr. Sarit Kothadia
- Dr. Raman Doshi (Madha)
- Mrs. Gouri Kularni (Nasik)
- Mrs. Rutuja Shah (Advocate)
- Mr. Rajkumar Ghadge (Pandharpur)