(to the left Sandhya Puchalalpalli, photo courtesy of Kent Becker)
There are people in this world that say they would like to create change and then there are those who create change through their actions. One such woman is Sandhya Puchalalpalli who created Aarti Home in the early 1990s as a home for abandoned and unwanted baby girls. Twenty years later, she has become India’s every day hero.
I first learned about Sandhya after watching this BBC documentary, “India’s Missing Girls,” directed and produced by Ashok Prasad in 2007. Please do watch it when you can.
“I set up Aarti Home as a shelter home for abandoned young girls but our journey eventually led us to their mothers. Behind every abandoned child, we found a mother who was either unable to afford the extra cost or was unable to protect her. This made us rethink our approach. From addressing the symptoms, we began to look at solving the issues that lay beneath them,” explains Sandhya.
Sandhya’s journey that led her to create Aarti Home in 1992 began when she found an abandoned baby girl on a street in her hometown Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh. Sandhya took the 2 ½ year old girl named Radhika home and cared for her as one of her own.
“The moment, at which Radhika walked into my life, I decided that it was time we started an organization in order to take care of such girls. I made a few phone calls to friends and suggested we pool in money to set up a home for orphaned girls,” said Sandhya.
This month marks GirlKIND's 1st year anniversary. One year and counting! We are so very grateful for each and everyone of you that has supported our message of helping create a better world where EVERY GIRL MATTERS. As we embark on another year of creating change, educating and inspiring others, we look forward to having you all with us on our journey. A BIG thank you to all our volunteers that have dedicated their time, skills and efforts to get our message out to various communities.
Last month we sent hundreds of personal care items to a very special home in India that is doing amazing work with girls and women. Their motto: "helping girls help themselves," speaks volumes. Empowering, educating and inspiring young girls and women that they are valued, important and loved. Creating change within their communities one girl at a time. We sent hundreds of useful items for their day-to-day use.
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