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One Girl Army For The Homeless

Aswathy 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 than charity.

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.

 

Aswathy 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.

Aswathy faces 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 insult”.

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.”

Aiyappan 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 like hell.”

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
 
 
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They are real heros
Tomkin, on Dec 31, 2013 01:24:54 PM
 
 
Big salute
Nishant, on Dec 31, 2013 01:29:35 PM
 
 
Well done Aswathy
Kiran S Kumar, on Dec 31, 2013 02:08:10 PM
 
 
hats off to her...
Dancer Mj, on Dec 31, 2013 03:19:00 PM
 
 
hats off to her....
Veena , on Dec 31, 2013 03:22:18 PM
 
 
You are my hero !!! Aswathy !!!! Message for Yentha's Super Administrator - Please pass my info , have her send me an e-mail to
Saji George, on Jan 08, 2014 07:55:02 PM
 
 
Is this the lady who was offered cash for shifting her seat from Alleppey to Kollam (as reported by media) by Aam Aadmi Party? Huh! shame on you AAP!!
Ved Nair, on Apr 04, 2014 02:58:27 PM
 
 
Dear Aswathy, may God give you the strength to carry on and may your tribe increase.
Sreekumar, on Oct 28, 2014 09:39:12 AM
 
 
hats off to you sister..
Monkey, on Nov 02, 2016 11:18:19 AM
 
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