By Jahnavi and Dhaval Joshipura (Houston,TX)
Sixth February, 2020 was the most memorable day in our life. It was the day we visited Janki Ashram at Dediapada, Gujarat. This village is 135 kms from Vadodara. We reached at 11:30am and left at 5:00pm. We met more than 140 under-privileged girls studying in 9th and 10th standards and staying in a hostel. Their stay is partly supported by the SAC program of VHPA.
We were welcomed traditionally and treated like family members. The rooms and bunk-beds were very neat and clean. However, the girls on upper births were very close to the ceiling fans and lower birth were not getting flow of air due to obstruction of the upper births. The condition of rooms and buildings were very good and were nicely maintained. The food served was also very hygienic. There is a school in the same compound which allows town children a good facility for education. The teachers are paid as per government standards and all accounts are well maintained.
We witnessed a cultural program hosted by these girls. Some of the items presented were award winning items at tribal events at state level competition.
Varshaben Sheth who manages many such hostels in remote tribal areas like Dangs etc has dedicated her life for less fortunate girls. She is serving with lot of personal sacrifice and her untiring efforts improved the life and education in those remote areas. Most of the girls are adopting nursing and teaching as careers after passing final school exams. The rector Sombhai and his wife also take good care of the girls of Janaki Ashram.
Our visit was filled with the full satisfaction of better utilization of the donations received by this institution. We are thankful to the SAC director Renukaji for arranging this visit.