Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Banyan - Serving with a noble cause

Have you ever thought of the mentally disabled patients under treatment in various facilities and asylums? What about their condition after they get cured? Do they really go back to normal life? Do their family and society accept them? The answer is only partially yes. Only a few instances where those who cured are taken back to their home and start to lead a normal life again. The rest are again abandoned, and they may face troubles for the rest of their life.

There are a few NGOs operating for the wellness of such persons, especially women and one among them is The Banyan. I came to know from this through a Facebook post shared by a friend. Since its inception in 1993, it has been serving for the noble cause of identifying and helping those who are mentally ill and abandoned to make their lives better. They train those persons to make handicraft products and enabling them to earn. The bags in the below image are handmade by one of the persons belonging to the care of The Banyan. 

Image taken from a Facebook post
 Here are a few things we could do to render some help to them.

1. We can visit them and buy their products. Those who belong to Chennai are easy to access them, as the organization is located in Mugapper, Chennai. It not only will make revenue to them, but also becomes a token of encouragement and appreciation that they are not just what other thinking about them. 
2. Apart from buying ourselves, we can also share this information and recommend our friends, family and colleagues to buy their products. 
3. Our responsibility doesn't just stop from sharing the information alone. If any of us come forward to arrange a wholesale purchase of their handmade profits, it will be of a great help.

The person behind this noble service is Mr. Senthil Kumar and his contact no. is 08754501642. The contact address is below (contact info taken from Facebook post).

The Banyan Adaikalam
6th Main Road, Mugappair Eri Scheme,
Mugappair west, Chennai – 600037
T: 044 – 26530504, 26530599
F: 044 – 26530105

Please visit the website for more details. Please share this as much as possible.

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