August 9, 2013
Since its inception, the Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust has donated and also coordinated in giving away charitable contributions through the medical camps and through functions in Sai Kulwant Hall. Up to the present, the Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust has donated medicines and other items such as bicycles, saris, household goods, water filters, mixies, cows, hygiene kits, newborn kits, solar lamps, sewing machines, and Sai protein packets, in services that covered over 60,000 women and children.
In 2013 this service centered on kerosene stoves. As prices went up for cooking fuels in the last year, village ladies shared their concerns about this. In an effort to provide a clean source of heat for cooking, with a lower cost, and one that does not deplete local area forests, 1000 kerosene stoves were donated to qualifying (needy) ladies.
As part of the integrated Mother and Child program and keeping in view health and hygiene for mothers and children, a project to build indoor toilets for qualified village women at their homes has been undertaken. The purpose of this is to give the women privacy and safety, as well as more comfort and convenience, especially after giving birth.
An overwhelming response has come from candidates, in the form of applications with supporting documentation. About 200 toilets have been installed so far. The goal for the year is to install 1000 toilets. The submitted documentation is being verified and installations scheduled for the remaining 800 target beneficiaries.
These toilets are installed outside the home, in a separate room built for the purpose. These rooms are built of stone and cement brick, with an Indian style basin. All of the materials and the construction are given free of charge. After construction is complete, prior to the door being installed, the ladies come in to the Sri Sathya Sai Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust offices to receive their keys. Most of the keys have been given into the hand of the ladies’ infants.
Applications for toilets are open to all qualifying ladies (not only medical camp participants) in the four mandals covered.
University scholarships in the form of fee reimbursement direct to the university accounts are being made available to qualifying girls from poor economic backgrounds. Open invitations have gone out for this assistance, and these scholarships are open to all.
Four scholarships have been granted so far. Two of the recipients are from Chitoor; both are pursuing BSc. Nursing at KKC College of Nursing. Two recipients are from Puttaparthi; both are pursuing B.Tech degrees, one at Madanapalli Institute of Technology, the other at Vivekananda Institute of Engineering and Technology for Women, Namakal.return to news