A few weeks ago my husband and I had the privilege of visiting an ashram that took care of children and women infected with HIV. In addition, the ashram also looks after individuals who suffer from leprosy and destitute senior citizens. The whole ashram is run by sisters who come from the order “Servants of Mary”.
We got to spend a couple of hours with the children. All of the 41 girls present there are orphans. Of course, it goes without saying that it broke my heart to know that these innocent and beautiful faces all had lost their parents. As an individual who has experienced the loss of a parent at a young age it hit close to home for me.
However, I am utterly grateful for the existence of the ashram, Mukta Jeevan, for they give all these girls a chance at life. It fills one’s heart with joy seeing them all happy and healthy. They sang and danced for us…. and oh my!! how they danced with such enthusiasm and expression :) Those of you who have watched Bollywood movies will know what I am talking about.
In my mind I was thinking “Oh, I just want to hug them all and hope they don’t feel their loss.” But then I feared I would be reminding them of their loss and why should I remind them of it? For so many of them have known no other life. All that matters is that they have every single chance and opportunity at life, for they deserve it.
It was through my aunt, who has supported them for several years now, that we got to know of Mukta Jeevan. It is fair to say now that the ashram has become a family mission. If time permits there is a visit made every year (we will certainly do our best to go again on our next trip) along with donations from near and dear friends.
If you have any questions please go to my aunt’s blog www.seedsofdesign.com and click on “the Lucky Ones”.