Im part of a community in orkut we formed,called Feed The Nation,based in bangalore.We are a group of people,who intend in dedicating a little time and resources to 3 causes mainly.. 1) Old Age Homes 2) Orphanages 3) Mental destitute homes
We visited our 3rd cause, a home run for mentally challenged,Aakashaparavakal. They rescue,mentally ill people,wandering in the streets,treat them and try to bring them back to society.When we walked in,we were told that an inmate had died few hours back.It was Tragic to see the death of 23 yr old srinivas, and the resolved looks in the faces of the fellow inmates, few of whom even understood what happened.
They are in a disturbed stage, but then suddenly they bring you back to the greatest reality of life.. We all run to catch so tangible things.. They can change over night.They mentioned about a rescued person, who owned 20 acres of land in the heart of a known city.He was found wandering on the street in nothing more than torn clothes.He was eating out of a dustbin.All he wanted was some food to quench his immediate hunger.
We also saw a mentally challenged person being resued and brought into the facility. He was very sober..He looked dirty, his clothes were shredded to mere threads. He looked at all of us and smiled. He kind of knew that he was in safe hands... The caretakers took him in and gave him few pieces of bread and some coffee. His eyes glew, and we realised he was fighting hunger for who knows how long. He ate as if there was no tommorrow.
58 inmates in all, all rescued from streets... Im amazed by the dedication of the caretakers there....They need funds for food, clothes,which we intend to sponsor in the coming months.We have sponsored for covering the parapet of the terrace with wire mesh,as the inmates have a tendancy to jump out..
Im working on creating a fund from my friends group to supply them rice for next 2 months. The responses have been great so far. They need approx 600 kg rice every month..
Just the smile on their faces,when we put our arms on their shoulders, will make me visit them often.