Seniors’ Day Out To The Movies
A NGO based in Pune sometimes takes residents of some old age homes in Pune (Punyadham, Abalmaya, Matoshree) for movies… films the seniors are keen to watch. This time, the NGO took the seniors for ‘Raazi’ as they were keen to see it.
Some of these old age homes also house seniors who were found homless on streets; and Punyadham also organises weddings of their senior inmates who do not have a living life-partner so that they can live the rest of their lives with life-companions.
The seniors are looked after on their day out to the movies just as we would had we taken our elders to the movies…. just like our parents or uncles and aunts would take us for movies when we were children.
We believe, when our parents, uncles, aunts become old, and turn into the children we once were, it’s pay back time for us. Such trips to the movies, now and then, also helps the seniors get over some of the loneliness they go through living away from old friends and family.
Their message to us post their movie trip:
“…. everything was well-coordinated and planned, the seniors enjoyed and it was a memorable evening for all of us! Everyone was cheerful and ‘Raazi’ by the end of ‘Raazi’.”
Thank you Archana Bhatnagar and Devamitra Panda and Priyanka Chaturvedi(and Mukul Madhav Foundation www.mmpc.in/) Rita Hinduja-Chhabria for sponsoring these old age home seniors’ day out to the movies.
Thank you @whistling_woods School of Music for a really fine evening of live music for the inmates of the old age home.
Thank you @meghnaghaipuri , D Wood, #VijayThomasKurien, #VaishnaviShriram, #RakshitVijayMalhotra, #AbhishekBonthu. Love. – #BicycleAngels @meenuchugjuneja Thank you @Minnie.Mehra for joining us.
Music and the Elderly.
Two weeks ago, a friend of mine, of many years, Meenu, told me…. “…. Rakesh, let’s do something that ….. I have ‘time’ on my hands. Let me know if you need me to help out in any way … ”
We talked about various things, very soon, and what eventually materialied was to do something ‘joyful’, something that brings us joy too, for some people who must be lonely.
Many people are lonely, but many of them have access to find their way out of that daily maze or pit they find themselves in. However, in our opinion, the people who are living in old age homes must be a little more lonelier, we think.
We visited an old age home to find out from their caretakers/caregivers, what can two people like us possibly do for them…?
Thank you to School of Music, Whistling Woods International, and their students for agreeing to perform live a retro (English and HIndi songs) music event.
Thank you Meghna Puri, D Wood, Vijay Thomas Kurien, Vaishnavi Shriram, Rakshit Vijay Malhotra, Abhishek Bonthu. Love.
Educators conducting a workshop in menstruation and hygiene, and breaking the myths about the same, at Pali Chimbai School, Bandra west. Thank you Archana Karode from Assema Trust for coordinating these workshops at schools under your jurisdiction and beyond our reach, with upper primary section girls and mothers with practical demonstrations and videos.
(These sessions have been a great help to sensitize the mothers and girl students on menstrual hygiene related issues. Few mothers too shared feedback during the sessions on this subject that was crucial for all of us participating. Thank you to your friend Priyanka too for this opportunity.- Archana)
Thank you Priyanka Chaturvedi and Advait for gifting these significant workshops to underprivileged schools in Bandra, Santacruz and Juhu.
Menstrupedia is a comic book about menstruation created by Aditi Gupta (Author) and Tuhin Paul (Author, Illustrator). http://menstrupedia.com/blog/
Sangita has shared her two houses in Kolkata to care for the abandoned elderly people and the homeless. She has dedicated both properties to house those who don’t have anyone to house them.
Friends Of Kolkata’s Elderly www.foke.in
Thank you Picto Writ for contributing to her social cause.
Respect. At Least Ten Times More.
I visited an education institution last week for a talk about the non-profit work we attempt to achieve now and then (reference Bicycle Angels) with the help of some friends and acquaintances (I also spoke of the social services work done in rural Maharastra by a NGO based in Pune, #MukulMadhavFoundation I have been a small part of on a few ocassions) ….
When the session opened up for questions from students, the very first one I was asked was, “… so, with all this experience behind you of personally interacting with quite a many benefeciaries, and seeing other NGOs work, what have you learnt most about them, the beneficiaries of assistance?”
My reply, “The so called street people, destitutes, or lower middle class, or under privileaged beneficiaries we have reached out to, with the help of many people, has naturally taught me many lessons.
One which comes to mind instantly is that when we assisted these people, in our own tiny ways, most of them treated our assistance as ‘respect’, and not as charity; and their respect for us may have been at least ten times more than my respect for them.”