Celebrating Navratri with the Abandoned, Old, and Disabled

■ Women’s Club make Navratri memorable for the inmates of Janani Dham, Bharti Maiya Anand Ashram & the Disabled Welfare Trust of India

     For most people, the festive season is a time of joy filled with celebrations and social gatherings with family and friends but for many others who have no family around to celebrate with, it is a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety. To cheer up these secluded sections of society, members of The Art of Living Women’s Club Surat had organized some fun-filled events for them as part of their Navratri celebrations.

     On October 4, 2018, members of the Club visited “Janani Dham” a home for abandoned HIV+ girls. The 60 odd residents of Janani Dham shared a special meal served by members of the Club and thoroughly enjoyed dancing with them. All the residents were gifted with travel bags. On October 6, 2018, members visited the “Bharti Maiya Anand Ashram” and cheered the 100+ inmates with Satsang and treated them to a sumptuous meal after which they danced with them and cheered them up.

     On October 8, 2018, members celebrated Navratri with the 250+ children at the school for the disabled run by Disabled Welfare Trust of India. Talented members of the club taught the children some dance steps and all of them had great fun as they danced away. The children then enjoyed the delicious meal served by the club members. All of them received travel bags as gifts.