Delhi’s New Old Age Home is Solely for Women

By Vasundhara Dudeja in Editor's Pick 19/07/2018

Wishes and Blessings, an NGO based in New Delhi has opened a new old age home to help abandoned women without financial and social support to find a home.

 

A tilak on a forehead in an Indian Culture is a blessing, so Mann Ka Tilak when loosely translated in Hindi means a blessing to your heart. Originated from the concept of Wishes and Blessings, an NGO founded by Dr. Geetanjali Chopra, Mann Ka Tilak is the first of its kinds all women old age home based in New Delhi operating under the NGO Wishes and Blessings.

 

According to Dr. Geetanjali, the world consists of two sorts of people; people who need help and people who are willing to help. Wishes and blessings aptly named so, creates a bridge between these two kinds and provides a platform to connect donors with beneficiaries.

 

They assist the privileged in setting up a proper procedure to finance the sponsorship of the downtrodden with the aim of spreading happiness and making the unfulfilled wishes of the underprivileged come true.

 

According to a study in 2014, half of India’s elderly (50%) surveyed reported experiencing abuse in their own home.

“India needs a total of 15000 old age homes and the number that we currently have is 750. These elderly are usually the ones abandoned by their families and in dire need of food, shelter and nurturing”

Dr. Geetanjali found a crucial need to build an old age home which has not been commercialized. Thus, the journey to establish Mann ka Tilak commenced. On particularly building an old age home for women, she believes that while men often tend to cater to their own safety, women seldom land a safety net after their abandonment from their own houses.

 

For instance, she throws some light on the story behind their first resident Rukmani. Rukmani is an 86-year-old widow who has been beaten out of her own home after being robbed of her pension. On the first day, the old woman was sorely wailing like a baby on being rendered homeless by her own family, however, now she has found a safe haven within Mann Ka Tilak and is now after a month, the happiest soul around.

 

Rukamani Amma, 86-year-old, is a resident at Mann Ka Tilak

Rukmani, 86-year-old, is a resident at Mann Ka Tilak.

 

The old age home has now provided shelter to a total of five women aged between 65 to 85 years. Despite coming from different backgrounds, their stories, like Rukamani, arose from the same state of helplessness and disregard.

 

It takes extraordinary courage to remove oneself from their roots at an old age and make another home, yet these women have been valiant to embrace freedom, love, and dignity over “houses” that were unable to give them either.

 

These women have found contentment in their new abode. Often seen enjoying a seasonal fruit, playing with the children that visit along with caretakers or teaching children, they have found ways to relish the little moments in life.

 

Mann Ka Tilak looks towards providing more of such needful women with food, shelter, medical facilities, recreation and more essentially the safety of home and assurance of happiness. If you know an old and abandoned woman, with no financial or social support, contact them here or simply make a call at +91-9205248664.

 

You’re always one step away from being a hero.

Vasundhara is an in-house content creator. Other than past experiences of writing including writing as an Intern for The Hindu and various other platforms, she is also an engineer, a dancer, and a bibliophile.

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