BHB, in association with Markit, organized winter distribution drives at Guru VishramVridh Ashram and GurukulVridh Ashram in New Delhi on 10 December 2015. Volunteers from Markit collected & distributed sweets, fruits and woollens for the residents of these old age homes. They alsointeracted with the residents, sharing their thoughts and creating joy.
Testimonial by a Markit volunteer
Here is a testimonial by one of the volunteer from Markit, about the entire experience:
“We all are living in our comfortable cocoons, some are planning for their next vacation, upcoming sale or another romantic date. We seldom realize that there is another facet of life, an agonized, torn and neglected one, that struggles every moment to survive. It is rightly said that old age is a journey back to infancy, definitely with a difference, the essential care and love is missing.
Our CSR committee organized a visit to an Old Age home named as VishramVridh Ashram (SHEOWS) on 10th December 2015. The team did a wonderful job in raising funds, gathering blankets and woollens, arranging fruits and sweets and co-ordinating with everyone. A large count of Markit’s employees showed interest in volunteering for the great cause. All of us did our best in making all possible arrangements for the event.
But when we reached the old age home, we realized that our efforts were just a drop in a large dry lake. As per Dr. G.P. Bhagat, the General Secretary of SHEOWS, their monthly expense is around 25Lacs all of which comes from charity. They have been running out of funds since last few months and are in desperate need of help. The members of SHEOWS told us about the gruesome stories of the residents. These old people are picked up from streets and the Old Age Home provides them with shelter, food, medical help and other basic amenities. As per the members some residents were destitute and in dire need of help, others were from well-to-do families but thrown out of their homes by their own children. Some are having serious medical problems, alzheimer being very common.
We were initially told that meeting the residents in person won’t be of much help. They are struggling to survive and all they need is financial help. But the smiles on their faces when they met us made our visit worthwhile. I believe Radhaamma’s blessings are going to stay with us for long.
By the end of our visit, there was a strange sadness on our faces. Some had tears in their eyes. Everyone standing there was feeling helpless, no matter how much we do to help them we cannot stop the ravages of time. The visit was more like an eye-opener for us.”
– Nitu Gupta, Associate with Markit Noida