May 3, 2013

20th Annual Day Celebrations at Vaidehi Ashram

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” 
~ John Bunyan

It was a day to rejoice and to celebrate at Vaidehi Ashram as it completed 20 years of its existence  That's a big milestone, especially when an ashram survives all these years on its own with the help of generous donors and without any government support. Kudos to the people behind it who diligently attend to the needs of all 150+ girls who either have no parents or with a single parent who no longer want them. I deliberately don't delve into their life stories as the two times I tried, I found myself crying inconsolably right then and there. Some are such sad stories that one wouldn't believe that such an incident can actually happen in these modern times. The mindset of the parents who think girls as liabilities has to change. So, I go there, play with the kids, talk to them and see the brighter side of their lives. When I spend time with them, they give these wonderfully radiant smiles filled with hope for better times ahead. And every single time, I hope & wish they have an opportunity to live normal lives, surrounded with lots of love, joy and compassion. :-)

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”  
~ Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank

 If you want to help these girls at the ashram, please read more details here. There is a constant need to pay their school fees each month and every penny will take them a step closer in meeting their right for basic needs such as education.

Below are few photographs of their annual day celebrations I took to share with you all. Enjoy. 

..all these are hand made by the girls at ashram..

Here is a short video I shot where the girls are performing for the song "mukunda mukunda" from the movie Dasavatharam. 

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