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One Girl Army For The Homeless
does not want to call what she does as ‘charity’. She says the homeless
should have a right to get at least a decent job and a house. She
believes and all who know her will agree that she does something more
She instigates dignity and self-respect in
destitutes which sympathy can never attain. The way she talks with the
homeless and how she shows care and love reflects that she loves what
she does and for whom she does.
Aswathy gets up at four in the
morning and starts preparing food for the 30 destitutes whom she
supports. She usually sleeps at eleven-eleven thirty and in between she
prepares for her LLB.
was brought up in dire poverty. In fact, even food was not certain to
her family in those days. Her mother, brother and her younger sister
contributed to the family’s income through various means. Aswathy
herself helped her grandmother run a petty shop since she was in seventh
class. After twelfth she donned the role of a sales woman in a telecom
firm. She often did not have any money for the bus fare and walked from
East Fort to Sashtamangalam.
Perhaps this is the reason why she
feels empathetic towards those who have no shelter because Aswathy and
her family have themselves grown in abject poverty. She understands
poverty and the poor. Aswathy can help them from their miserable
condition without letting them consider it as help.
many hurdles just because she does social work. She lost her job as a
medical representative because, according to them, she had too much of
social commitment. A few also neighbours discourage her by “neglect and
Aswathy says in a matter-of-fact tone, “I started with
giving eight food packets near my house. Within a short span of time the
number grew to 30. It so happened that those I help are above 50 years.
Many old age homes insult their residents and treat them badly. The
latter are forced to return to streets.”
She adds,“Besides, it
is very difficult to admit someone with no home in a hospital. The
hospital authorities insist that a bystander is needed who will remain
with the patient. Also, though the Government is supposed to pay for the
medical expenses, it does only after verifying certificates which,
usually, the patients would not have. It is a matter of fact that the
authorities do not cooperate with her which includes the Police.”
never gets tired praising Aswathy. He says, “She is a very good girl.
After my wife’s death I had to leave my house. Aswathy came to my
rescue. She is very loving and takes good care. Each and every day she
brings lunch for me and the food is definitely better than lunching at
hotels.” He adds, “She also arranged a job for me and now I get four
thousand as salary. I give three thousand to my daughter whose life is
Aswathy’s voice and profile changes when she talks
to people like Aiyappan. Neither her voice’s tenor nor her body language
shows the slightest hesitation. This is charity without being called
so. And she is the real superhero!
Posted By : Yentha, On Dec 29, 2013 11:06:18 PM