Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba inaugurated the Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Project, devoted to the spiritual, moral and social uplift of all rural women, with the dedication of a single plaque on November 19, 2004. Through His Grace, this has blossomed into the Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust (SSSEWWT), a non-profit organization, officially founded on February 18, 2005.
Bhagawan Baba acknowledges women as the very heart of the home and the backbone of society. By helping women, the SSSEWWT can extend Swami’s healing touch to families, children and communities.
The vision of the Trust was delineated in a letter from the managing Trustee. Commenting on the work of the Trust, she wrote in part, “All these projects are gifts to us. From the moment they were conceived, we have felt the love, joy and indomitable spirit of women every step of the way. Women bring such beautiful gifts to the world through their openness, compassion and wisdom. My prayer is that we will stop wasting time in being mundane and mediocre… we are daughters of God, here to do His work.”
Prior to the start of the Easwaramma Trust, with Bhagawan’s Guidance, a small group of Seva Dals from the Sri Sathya Sai organisation spent a year going out to the villages, collecting data, doing needs assessment, visiting with elders and going to the homes of women in need. The village elders guided this team as to what was required and what would be acceptable to the local people. A roster of the women most urgently in need of help was also compiled in this way. A modest proposal of uplift for the village women was presented to Swami who, in his characteristically expansive fashion, enlarged the intention, and thus, the Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust was born.
Under the auspices of the SSSEWWT, a multi-faceted program flourished which trained village women in professional skills, in order to be self-sufficient. However, because of recent legal changes to the regulations governing trusts in India, only the charitable work (medical camps, sanitation, scholarships and charitable give-aways) continues with SSSEWWT. All the other work, which is non-profit but nonetheless involves commercial activity incidental to the training work, now comes under the umbrella of the new Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust – Women’s Division. This includes the kitchen, tailoring, juice bar and water project.
All the projects are being executed as per the guidelines established by Bhagawan, “Love All Serve All,” following the objectives of the Trust and strictly adhering to the Law of the Nation. Starting with nine villages, today the Trust serves the needs of people in 138 villages.