Fighting poverty by taking the reigns on development
I left home after my Sunday afternoon cup of tea and headed to Mumbai’s CST station, to catch yet another train. This time to Nanded – a city located in eastern Maharashtra. When you get off the train the next day at 5am, no matter how groggy you are, you realise what this place is famous for. From the number of Sikh families around and the Gurudwara-style architecture of the station, it’s easy to tell that Nanded holds great historical significance for the Sikhs.
Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth spiritual leader of the Sikhs, had come to Nanded in 1708.
Spend a day (or two as I did) at Sanskruti Samwardhan Mandal and you’ll understand how one family has taken it upon themselves to develop the district of Sagroli. I’m fairly certain you haven’t heard of it. Well, neither had I till my visit to Sanskruti Samwardhan. Sagroli is one of nine districts of Nanded, which is a city in eastern Maharashtra. But what’s important is that they are working in a systematic area to make improvement in all gap areas – be it education, health, environment etc. in the area.
A look into the history books and you realize that passion for developing Sagroli is in their genes. The organization was set up in 1959, by Babasaheb Keshav Narayanrao Deshmukh.
When I visited Sanskruti Samwardhan Mandal, a young lady named Rau spent the night in the guestroom with me. We got chatting and I was quite moved by her story. Which is why I have decided to share it here.
Rau has a big family. There used to be eight of them, now there’s seven – six sisters and her parents. While her father is no more, when alive, he used to work day and night to support his girls.