Vishranthi Made it! We were abler to serve in line with our objectives!

 

2020-21 was a challenging time!

2021-22 looks like an even more challenging one. As I write this, we are hearing reports of over 40000 cases in a day. While we are systematically gearing up for eventualities as much as we can, our faith in the Almighty has grown stronger that ever. 

 

Vishranthi had the most vulnerable of the population spectrum – the old – (60 – 95years) on one side and the children and infants on the other, to make our way through the storm, confusion and tragic lack of protocols or knowledge about what was it that we should be doing to protect our family!

We went overboard to ensure safety of the residents. The vendors were very supportive and delivered all the material at our doorstep. No one was allowed to go out, except to the medical shop or hospital for consultations. Everyone had the medicated teas prescribed by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar, which kept all safe without as much as a cold right through!

The fact that all staff were live-in made a huge difference and it was life as usual at Vishranthi. This truly helped to keep up the morale of all at Vishranthi. We were able to look around and see how we could help those who were in great trouble and need.

Thus started our drive to serve provisions to the needy. As advised by the Maha Guru Sri Shankaracharya, we started the Fistful of Rice program where every resident of Vishranthi – elder, staff or child, contributed every day a fistful of rice from the rice meant for the food for all at Vishranthi. We managed to hand out provisions to about 100 families.

With the help of Sampark  & Andal Cares 

We were able to donate a month’s provisions to over 800 families of daily wage workers in the chicken farms, in the brick & tile factories, migrant labourers, temple sevaks and taxi and auto drivers.

 

In 2021, we are resuming the above activity with the help of Igiver and other donors to reach out to the migrant and daily-wage workers and their families who have been identified in and around Hoskote by our Outreach Team. We cannot sustain this endeavor without your support. You can use the QR code in our website or through IGiver.

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Vishranthi is a registered public trust founded with a vision to provide care and comfort to the lonely elderly, to give shelter to orphans and destitute children both physically and emotionally, to spread literacy among rural children, to impart free non-agricultural-based skill development programs to rural women and youth to empower them, and also to bring about a reformation in the mindset of villagers by teaching yoga, pranayama and meditation.

These are some of our key mission projects:

A novel exercise in

geriatric care

Where each elder is taken care of and lives in an "extended family" atmosphere. Each elder lives in physical comfort and is given the independence to do what she/he likes best, subject to mutual comfort and convenience. They are gladdened by the proposed opportunity to be "grandparents" to the children of the orphanage! They are also given the opportunity to participate in the vocational training of youth currently being conducted at/by Vishranthi.

How can you participate?

  • Contribute your time to them, take them out over a weekend, play a game with them, etc

  • Arrange an event for the elders at Vishranthi

Enhancing rural health & hygiene

To this end, many health camps have been arranged by Vishranthi. One major goal of ours is to install a low-cost sanitary napkin manufacturing machine in order to enable each village to be self sufficient with regard to their sanitary napkin requirement. We have to wean the rural girls and women into using the napkin. To this end, our first step was taken on 7 April, 2012, when we distributed free packets of sanitary napkins to 500 young girls and women in the presence of Hon. Minister for Labour and Silk Sri B.N. Bache Gowda to inaugurate the Vishranthi Mahila

Arogya Yojana.

How can you support this?

  • By being present on the day of distribution

  • By creating an awareness

  • Contributing a minimum of Rs. 25 towards enhancing the hygiene of one rural girl for one period

  • Contributing towards the purchase of the machine (estimated cost is Rs. 2.5 lakhs)

Enhancing rural health & hygiene

To this end, many health camps have been arranged by Vishranthi. One major goal of ours is to install a low-cost sanitary napkin manufacturing machine in order to enable each village to be self sufficient with regard to their sanitary napkin requirement. We have to wean the rural girls and women into using the napkin. To this end, our first step was taken on 7 April, 2012, when we distributed free packets of sanitary napkins to 500 young girls and women in the presence of Hon. Minister for Labour and Silk Sri B.N. Bache Gowda to inaugurate the Vishranthi Mahila

Arogya Yojana.

How can you support this?

  • By being present on the day of distribution

  • By creating an awareness

  • Contributing a minimum of Rs. 25 towards enhancing the hygiene of one rural girl for one period

  • Contributing towards the purchase of the machine (estimated cost is Rs. 2.5 lakhs)

In 2007 we put our infant steps to build a place that would be a happy, peaceful and dignified haven for Seniors, a place that would serve them lovingly and joyfully. When the children & infants came in 2014, our cups overflowed. 

Vishranthi is now over 12 years old and has to this day, had the privilege of serving 37 elders, over 52 children and 20 infants.

It is about a year since an infant (later named Vishakha) was handed over to us stating that she was not wanted - a beautiful baby with expressive eyes and a lovely face full of spirit!
She was around 14days old and had a critical condition: myleomeningocele. 
She was surrendered by her parents who are below the poverty line and unable to take care of the child. Myelomeningocele is a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. 

After consulting doctors in Manipal Hospital, the operations were conducted in six stages by the best team at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. 
Her spirit was unyielding and she seemed to take every operation in her stride, eager to move on! She is now a year old and full of life! The treatment so far has cost us ₹17,00,000. Cost of maintaining her is ₹1050 per day. The next step of rehabilitation is a humongous one, which we will have take after a few months.
We request your support to help us help this Miracle infant of God!

Vocational training for the rural youth

Currently the youth of 11 villages in the surrounding are being given free training in Tailoring, basic Computer operation skills, spoken English, Beautician’s course, organic areca plate-making, electrical repair, candle making, etc along with mid-day meals. We are also looking at imparting free training in mobile phone repair, refrigerator repair, hardware support, pottery, house-maid training, sanitary napkin manufacture etc in order to equip each one with a skill to earn a living with dignity and respect.

How can you support this?

  • By contributing your experience and time to teach the youth

  • By sponsoring a child/program/a day’s session/food for a month/the faculty's salary

  • By sharing your material which would be useful in the above programs

Unique Vishranthi orphanage

Our long cherished dream of establishing a haven for deprived and abandoned children has been realised with the infrastructure for the orphanage being completed – a lovely place lauded by the Women and Child department!

Almost immediately we have started having a slow but definite influx of destitute children and true orphans from various organizations/groups. We started with a group of three children and are already housing 27 children between the ages of 3 and 14 in the new campus.

Of course, in order to make this a true haven for these children and many more, we do need "stuff". Some of things you can contribute to make these childrens' lives sweeter:

 

  • Tables and chairs

  • Fans (ceiling/ floor)

  • Bedclothes

  • Clothes (you'd be amazed how quickly they run through them!)

  • Shoes, flip-flops, sandals – basically, any kind of footwear (you can never have enough!)

  • Soap, bath towels, toothbrushes and paste, and other hygiene-based things

  • Medical kits – especially band-aids!

  • Play area items like plastic swings, slides and carousels, etc.

You could also fund a child of your choice for a period of your choice. The cost of caring for one child at Vishranthi is Rs.3800/- per month. Donors are most welcome.


Apart from supporting us with the above we would welcome volunteers to spend some of their valuable time with the children teaching, training etc.

 

The most precious gift you can give these kids is your time.