I heartily congratulate Ms. Manjula Kalyan and her team at Swayamkrushi, for the amazing work they are doing for those who are less privileged than most of us. Their stirring story came to my attention thanks to NDTV’s series, ” India Matters” which aired this

moving video of how this Secunderabad- based NGO is helping differently-abled women. The welcome message to their website says so beautifully, “We may look and talk differently and you may not always understand. But we will not be victims nor will we live on the fringes of our community.”

In the India in which I grew up, mental illness was not often talked about. If by chance anyone in your family had someone who was mentally ill, it was spoken of in whispers and the person was sidelined into oblivion, virtually kept hidden in the deep confines of the house. I am so glad to see that Ms. Manjula Kalyan has succeeded to such a large extent in her very noble endeavor  to provide these unfortunate women with means to earn their own living and live with more dignity than before.

In some cases, families have brought their mentally challenged relatives (men and women) to this NGO. In some cases, women have been brought here after the death of their mother or parents who used to look after them to the best of their abilities. In others cases, they were abandoned or orphans with no one to care for them.

If you want to contribute in some way to the work being done by Swayamkrushi, please send your account payee cheque made out in favour of ” Swayamkrushi” and mail it to them at:

Plot No # 17,
Sri Malani Housing Co-Operative Society,
Indian Airlines Colony,
Secunderabad 500 015, Andhra Pradesh

They say in their website:” Donations are exempted from income-tax under Section 80G.
Please send a mail stating the name of the donor, amount and postal address so that we can thankfully acknowledge and forward a receipt for the amount donated by you for your record and tax exemption purpose.”

I am sure you will do your bit to reach out and help those who are less privileged.