A Novel Project by: Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini
Suicide of farmers in the Vidarbha is a very serious social issue. For at least last five years, suicides are happening unabatedly and the government appears almost clueless.
The much-talked-about PM’s package was declared for the families of those who had committed suicides. But this package has completely failed to wipe out the tears from the eyes of those who continue to suffer. The rate of suicides is still on rise. The plight of the families of the deceased farmers is devastating. The distress may lead to various social problems in the future.
Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini has decided to focus on the post-trauma situation and lend a helping hand to the hapless family members who have lost their bread-winner. RMP is making serious efforts to address some of the fundamental issues through a novel project namely ‘Annadata Sukhi Bhava’! (Let the food-giver lead a happy life!)
The Project 'Annadata Sukhi Bhava' was initiated in December 2006. Due to a spate of suicides in the Vidarbha region several families have turned homeless. In these circumstances, two serious questions have arisen.
First is about the means of livelihood for the widows and their kids.
The second, about the continuation of school education of those kids who may bid a good bye to their schools to go for farm labour and help their mothers.
Our thinking in this direction got an impetus with the coming forward of Ajit Bhure, producer of Marathi Film ‘Restaurant’! He offered to adopt five school-going kids ‘educationally’, belonging to these families. With his efforts five students from the district of Yawatmal-almost the capital of this region of suicides, received financial and moral support and they continued their education. RMP became a bridge between these kids and their adoptive ‘guardians’. What was started with the initial help of an individual has now become a full-fledged project.