Annadata Sukhi Bhava
To Support The Families Of Farmers, Who Have Committed Suicide
A Novel Project by Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini
The suicide of farmers in the Vidarbha is a very serious social issue. Since few years, unabated suicides are happening 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 the rise. The plight of the families of the deceased farmers is painful. 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 unfortunate 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 owing to a spate of suicides in the Vidarbha region during which several families turned homeless. In these circumstances, two serious questions have arisen.
- Means of livelihood for the widows and their kids
- Continuity of school education of those kids since they would have to now help their mothers at the farm to bring home food
Our thinking in this direction got an impetus with helping hand from Ajit Bhure, the producer of Marathi Film ‘Restaurant’. He adopted five school-going kids belonging from these families to support their education. With his efforts, these students from the district of Yawatmal, famously called as the region of suicides, received financial and moral support to continue their education. RMP became a bridge between these kids and their adoptive ‘guardians’. This started as an initial help of an individual for these farmer families but has now become a full-fledged project under RMPs guidance.