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Help Empower Army Widows Through Mission A.W.E.

Thank you for taking the time to read about Mission A.W.E. (Army Widows Empowerment).

Here’s 3 reasons why you may want to read on…
  • The Average Life Expectancy of an Indian Sipahi is 59 - an age when most civilian families are dressing up their children for marriage!
  • An Indian Sipahi who goes on a mission, knows that only 1 or 2 from a battalion of 10 will survive – and every Sipahi’s wife hopes that theirs will be that lucky 1!
  • The fate of an army Sipahi’s wife: most are widowed under 30. For the next 40-50 years, they educate their children single-handedly, marry them off single-handedly, take care of ageing parents and themselves…again single-handedly.
You may ask, so what?
Because even if we discount the loneliness, this grind is not a simple life challenge, with most of the widows not even educated beyond Grade 10! 

That’s where Mission A.W.E. steps in: “To provide both financial support and livelihood empowerment to army widows in need”

My first story aims to raise money for Sumati Yadav, aged 75.

“It was 1965. I had been married for 2 years and lived in Kashmir with my husband. Then the war escalated, and I went back to the village to deliver my first child in a safe place. My husband died the month I delivered my baby. I found out only 10 months later because of the distance between Kashmir and my village.”
“His body was never found! Everyone said he must have died,” she says as her eyes go misty.

The next 51 years saw uneducated Sumati, who had no relatives, single-handedly bring up her only child on a pension of 4 Rupees and fifty paisa. Yes, that’s right Rs. 4.50 only! These years saw her get crushed under debt as she cared for ageing in-laws, struggled to help her only son recover from an illness that is now debilitating, and 4 grandchildren of whom 3 are differently abled and unable to support the family.

In 1999, their pension policy changed. The pension was revised to Rs. 22,000. With no savings, no support, no job post retirement, it was too little, too late! 

She now needs our help to save her only son who has a terminal illness and needs a surgery to help restore his basic functions.
Please can you help 71-year old Sumati to see her son recover even as she lives the last years of her life struggling to make ends meet!
No donation is small. Every contribution counts as her son battles against life and Sumati runs from pillar to post to save him.
 
My mission is to enable the brave widows like Ms. Sumati to die in dignity after their husbands’ have laid their lives for us and our country. My mission aims to:
  • Raise funds for the needy widows of Indian Sipahis who give up their lives for our country to keep us safe every night.
  • Create awareness about the challenges these widows face and the bravery they display against social stigma, against gruelling poverty and against the loneliness of single parenting from a young age.
  • To bring empowerment in other ways by helping them or their family to get jobs to aid them in living a life of basic dignity in their old age.
Her unfaded memory of her Late husband - Charandas Yadav
Her unfaded memory of her Late husband - Charandas Yadav
The certificate she shows with pride and pain
The certificate she shows with pride and pain
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28th February 2019
Dear Donors,

Zila Sainik office Mumbai, and its incharge Capt. Ratna Parkhi, identified 5 potential recipient Veer Naaris (2 were sister-orphans).
These were all Veer Naari's of wars prior to 2010. With time, their meager official funds had dried up, and their needs were special and outside the ambit of the Flag day fund.

Today...we're posting our first story of 2 orphan sisters and their message to you as their "Bridge" to a better life.

Shabdali and Swapnali Kolage, two sisters, suddenly found themselves orphaned at the age of 8 and 10. They lost their father to war and their mother died shortly thereafter.
Their childhood snatched, they worked to fund their own education, to stay cheerful, and not let life in Mumbai grind them between its miserable hands.

Now...Shabdali is in TY Bcom and Swapnali is in 12th.
One wants to be a Chartered account and wanted to join a tuition class to improve her chance of making it to through the exam.
The other wants to be a IAS officer.

But their savings were just not enough.
Your pooled contribution of Rs. 15000 to each of them made a difference. Watch them talk....

And if this bring a lump to your throat, please spread the word about Mission AWE to be the Bridge...
https://youtu.be/iJZRhgTWfSs
https://youtu.be/To-Xxypb45Q
Dear Donors,

Zila Sainik office Mumbai, and its incharge Capt. Ratna Parkhi, identified 5 potential recipient Veer Naaris (2 were sister-orphans).
These were all Veer Naari's of wars prior to 2010. With time, their meager official funds had dried up, and their needs were special and outside the ambit of the Flag day fund.

Today...we're posting our first story of 2 orphan sisters and their message to you as their "Bridge" to a better life.

Shabdali and Swapnali Kolage, two sisters, suddenly found themselves orphaned at the age of 8 and 10. They lost their father to war and their mother died shortly thereafter.
Their childhood snatched, they worked to fund their own education, to stay cheerful, and not let life in Mumbai grind them between its miserable hands.

Now...Shabdali is in TY Bcom and Swapnali is in 12th.
One wants to be a Chartered account and wanted to join a tuition class to improve her chance of making it to through the exam.
The other wants to be a IAS officer.

But their savings were just not enough.
Your pooled contribution of Rs. 15000 to each of them made a difference. Watch them talk....

And if this bring a lump to your throat, please spread the word about Mission AWE to be the Bridge...
https://youtu.be/iJZRhgTWfSs
https://youtu.be/To-Xxypb45Q
12th February 2019
Dear donors,

This is message to invite you to "Be a Bridge" for Mission AWE.
What does this mean?

Helping Sumati yadav and speaking to other was an eye opener for me...
I learnt that...

a) the government and the army (through flag day fund) do a lot for Veer Naari.
And as with any real life organisation they have rules. And liberal though these rules are, genuine real life case continuously defy them.
As was the case with Sumati and 5 other Veer naaris we spoke to.

b) many of you were looking for ways to give back to the Veer naaris but are unable to find an avenue to do so (as many of you wrote to me asking me how I managed this)

So end of last year....I wrote to Mrs. Ratna Parkhi suggesting "Be a Bridge"solution....
To which I'm now inviting you....

If ZSWO (Zila Sainik welfare office) Upnagar office at KalaGhoda Mumbai gets a genuine case, which they cannot support due to rules they would write to me.
I would, in turn, post the request here...and ask for your support.
Either I or my parents would also independently speak to the recipient and find out more details before posting the request on Milaap.  

So, today I'm inviting you to be a part of "Be the Bridge" to Mission AWE and support ZSWO on genuine cases of Veer Naaris.

I urge your support and wish for your blessings as I restart this journey now of "Be the Bridge" with all of you...
Dear donors,

This is message to invite you to "Be a Bridge" for Mission AWE.
What does this mean?

Helping Sumati yadav and speaking to other was an eye opener for me...
I learnt that...

a) the government and the army (through flag day fund) do a lot for Veer Naari.
And as with any real life organisation they have rules. And liberal though these rules are, genuine real life case continuously defy them.
As was the case with Sumati and 5 other Veer naaris we spoke to.

b) many of you were looking for ways to give back to the Veer naaris but are unable to find an avenue to do so (as many of you wrote to me asking me how I managed this)

So end of last year....I wrote to Mrs. Ratna Parkhi suggesting "Be a Bridge"solution....
To which I'm now inviting you....

If ZSWO (Zila Sainik welfare office) Upnagar office at KalaGhoda Mumbai gets a genuine case, which they cannot support due to rules they would write to me.
I would, in turn, post the request here...and ask for your support.
Either I or my parents would also independently speak to the recipient and find out more details before posting the request on Milaap.  

So, today I'm inviting you to be a part of "Be the Bridge" to Mission AWE and support ZSWO on genuine cases of Veer Naaris.

I urge your support and wish for your blessings as I restart this journey now of "Be the Bridge" with all of you...
8th February 2019
Dear all,

Thank you all for the support and love you have given us.
We have received the beneficiaries list from zila sainik parishad. These are orphaned children of veer sainik's who died in the line of battle. They are currently in dire need of funds.
We have spoken to each one and will post individual updates for each of them in a few days time.
Keep Supporting and Sharing our cause!
Dear all,

Thank you all for the support and love you have given us.
We have received the beneficiaries list from zila sainik parishad. These are orphaned children of veer sainik's who died in the line of battle. They are currently in dire need of funds.
We have spoken to each one and will post individual updates for each of them in a few days time.
Keep Supporting and Sharing our cause!
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Rs.741,618 raised

Goal: Rs.1,500,000

Beneficiary: Zila Sainik Wel... info_outline

Supporters (155)

MM
Mahtab donated Rs.6,000

I would like to donate Rs: 2000 every month to one particular army widow. Is that possible. If so please send me the particulars of that army widow. Thanks

Satish
Satish donated Rs.1,500
Nc
Narinder donated $25
PG
Padmajit donated Rs.500

Brave

Arpit
Arpit donated Rs.1,000
Amit
Amit donated $378.78