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Sindhutai Sapkal (Maai)

 

Sindutai, fondly called Mai was married off at a very young age. Her fight against injustice in the village changed her life completely.

Says Mai, "When I was 9 months pregnant, my husband beat and tortured me one night. I lost consciousness. He assumed that I had died. He dragged me to the nearest cowshed and left me there in order to escape the charge of murder. I lay there bleeding profusely. In that condition, I gave birth to a baby girl.
When I regained consciousness, a cow in that cowshed was standing over me forming a canopy to protect me. It was licking my newborn.

A human had almost killed me, but an animal saved me."

With no education, she resorted to begging to feed her daughter. Life wasn't easy on the roads. It was tougher for the orphans who had no parents to even beg for them.

So Mai started begging for them too and thus took responsibilities of the underprivileged children.

Mai still begs .......for funds to support her organizations.

She is currently running 6 institutions, mostly in North Maharashtra.

GANGADHARBABA CHHATRALAYA-FOR ORPHAN BOYS.
NADARMAAYA-FOR ABANDONED WOMEN.
SAVITRIBAI PHULE HOME- FOR ORPHANED GIRLS.
MAMTA BAL SADAN-ANOTHER ORPHANAGE.
MAAZI AAI-HOME FOR THE AGED.
GOPIKA GAU RAKSHAN KENDRA-FOR ABANDONED COWS.


Our current proceeds are directed towards construction of the orphanage, Sanmati Bal Niketan coming up at Manjiri, Pune.

This down to earth winner of 175 social awards never gave up hope. Even in the worst times of her life, Mai choose to help those around her. When the whole world had left her alone, she took responsibility of those like her. She lived and still lives for them.


We salute her courage.