Bhubaneswar:15/5/18; Savitri, the festival in which a married woman wishes for the longer life for her spouse, always remains a major festival in Odisha. However, for some unprivileged and homeless, the celebration often remains a challenge as they stay here in Shelter for Urban Homeless (SUH).
Thanks to initiatives by Odisha Patita Uddhar Samiti in association with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, many inmates or “Savitris’’ worshiped the deities and took blessings and prayed that their spouses would be safe somewhere in the world and be blessed with longer lives.
Sangeeta, a participant said “I had lost my parents from my childhood days and the human traffickers had sent me to Jhansi only for Rs.20,000. Though I had a dream to have my own family, this unfortunate incident shattered my hopes. Thanks to the initiative of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and OPUS, I got a family here. My daughter also got a maternal home. Above all, I was living a hopeless life, but this joint initiative has given a dignified life to me and my daughter.’’
Bishnupriya said “I had married for the second time and bore four children, but still I could not make a family. As I lost the race in life to have a spouse by my side, the SUH family provided a true family and now I am feeling great with the new life.’’
Tirtha, another resident at SUH said “BMC and OPUS have gifted us a life of dignity….Now we are not homeless anymore.’’