In an act of benevolent deed, Jan Kalyan Society, an NGO-based in Kochi, has distributed over 28 essential items to the inmates of Government Girls Home at Kakkanad.
The gesture, aimed to help the girls, is in the wake of the ‘City Express’ report that highlighted the plight of the inmates.
Thrikkakara Municipality chairman P I Muhammad Ali, who inaugurated the function, said it was for the first time that such an organisation has come forward to help the inmates. “Through the act, we came to know better about them and hope their service would be available in the future too,” he said.
He added that funds have been earmarked to renovate the Government Girl’s Home at Kakkanad.
As per the scheme, the society distributed items worth `90,000 which included plastic chairs, Almirahs, inner wears, sanitary napkins, long mirrors, chappathi maker, gas stove commercial, grinder, pressure cooker, tooth paste, oil and the like. Arifa, superintendent of girls’ home, said the items distributed by the society were from the list of essential articles prepared by the inmates.
“The situation in the home was really pathetic as the inmates were totally deprived of basic necessities. The NGO has promised sanitary napkins every month which definitely is a huge relief to the inmates,” she said. Arifa added that the institution really needs help from such organisations to bring about changes in the lives of the inmates. “The society has promised to support the education of the inmates. Apart from it, three more organisations have come forward. The BPCL too has responded positively to the District Administration’s request to provide financial assistance for the rehabilitation of the inmates. An amount of Rs 1 lakh has been allotted to purchase computers and stitching machines for the inmates. Cochin Obstetrics and Gynaec Association and Raising Voices have also come forward to help us,” Arifa added. Pradeep Maheswari, vice-chairman, Jan Kalyan Society, N L Mittal, secretary, Jan Kalyan Society, K D Kejriwal also attended.