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Boycotted for Love, Couple Now Runs Dwelling for Orphans & Deserted Elders


Round 40 years in the past, Ongole-native P Rajyalakshmi and Yerragondapalem-resident SMD Khasim met for the primary time of their faculty throughout commencement. They had been classmates at CSR Sarma School, Andhra Pradesh, and by the tip of the three-year course, they fell in love and determined to spend the remainder of their lives collectively.

It was after two extra years that they selected to get married. However their households had been towards this union, stating non secular variations. Nevertheless, the duo weren’t prepared to surrender.

“We by no means cared about our faith once we fell in love however we knew there can be points between households. Nevertheless, since we had jobs, we managed to start out a brand new life,” reminisces Rajyalashmi, a retired state authorities worker. She provides, “It’s robust to beat shedding household hastily.”

Furthermore, they discovered it tough to discover a place to remain as some folks denied Muslim occupants.

“Within the following years, our solely son grew up with out assembly his grandparents. All this time, we considered youngsters who’re in comparable conditions and the way everybody ought to be beloved unconditionally by their household,” she says.

Years handed and shortly the duo had been simply 10 years away from retirement. That’s when Rajyalakshmi felt she couldn’t deal with the “lonely, retired life” and considered methods to be engaged. She additionally needed to contribute to society and determined to make use of their financial savings for kids’s schooling.

With no second thought, she got here up with the concept to start out an organisation for deserted youngsters from underprivileged households. “I needed to supply an environment of being with a household and arranging high quality schooling in addition to well being care for kids,” says Rajyalakshmi. 

In 2014, she launched ‘Manalo Manam’, a non-governmental organisation with three housesBommarillu for boys, Jabilli for women and Podarillu for the aged. The duo used all their financial savings in addition to Rajyalakshmi’s month-to-month pension to arrange the houses.

“We used our five-acre land to construct these shelter houses,” she says.

“We hoped to create our personal joint household. Fortuitously, it labored out properly,” says Khasim, who retired as a state authorities worker in 2021.

He provides, “We began by rescuing a five-year-old youngster in 2014. Right now, we have now 80 youngsters throughout the age teams 8-19. There are 53 women and 28 boys on the house. We even have 5 seniors dwelling within the aged house, which was began final yr.”

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The Jabilli house shelters orphaned women.

Beginning ‘Manalo Manam’

To start with, the couple contacted the Girls and Baby Improvement division and youngster helpline numbers to unfold the phrase about their organisation and undertake the youngsters they rescued from the streets. Slowly, well-wishers and associates contacted them at any time when they noticed an underprivileged/ uneducated youngster from marginalised teams

Nearly 90 per cent of the youngsters on the house are from scheduled castes/tribes communities. All of them are orphans, youngsters of interfaith mother and father or youngsters of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) sufferers.

What the couple has accomplished for these youngsters is nothing in need of exemplary.

Whereas 30 youngsters are pursuing secondary/ senior secondary schooling from Kendriya Vidyalayas, one of many boys attends legislation college and one other one is about to finish his BTech research. There may be additionally a state carrom champion throughout the group. 

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The couple with their youngsters.

Anand, a 13-year-old resident of the house, says, “I’m a scholar of Kendriya Vidyala in Class 8. I misplaced my mother and father at an age I can’t even bear in mind. I used to be staying with some neighbours within the village. In 2018, a workforce from Bommarillu house got here to our place for a free medical camp. Rajyalakshmi ma got here to learn about me and introduced me right here. Now I’ve a number of brothers, sisters, mother and father and grandparents, too.” 

There are three completely different campuses for women, boys and the aged however they’ve common gatherings within the widespread space. 

Rajyalakshmi shares, “My wage and pension are getting used to run the houses. We additionally obtain assist in the type of meals grains from like-minded folks and sponsors too.” She provides, “A mean of Rs 2.5 lakh is spent per thirty days on the residents.” 

Krishna Priya, a well-wisher and sponsor of the house, says, “My husband and I are from Kurnool and occurred to come back to Ongole on switch in 1998. We’ve recognized the Rajyalakshmi and Khasim bhai household since then. Ours can also be an inter-religious marriage and we consider in humanity. Once they talked about a house for teenagers, we had been so blissful and needed to lend all of the doable assist.”

Krishna is a former lecturer on the Division of Technical Training, Andhra Pradesh, who took voluntary retirement to give attention to social service. She provides, “I’m a trainer by career. My husband handed away six years in the past and that’s after I received concerned with Bommarillu. I often information and counsel the youngsters and sponsor three women for his or her keep in addition to schooling. I go to the place commonly and might’t be extra glad with the work of the couple. Spending time with youngsters makes me blissful too. To me, they’re household.”

For the youngsters, Rajyalakshmi and Khasim are a minimum of mum or dad figures. The elder youngsters care for the youthful ones as in a household and the seniors are additionally solicited for his or her recommendation on elevating the youngsters. “It offers us a lot pleasure that we’re an enormous household of 88 now,” says Rajyalakshmi with delight.

As our discussions come to an in depth, the couple share that they’re now faith agnostic. “Faith is just dividing folks. By offering schooling to youngsters, we hope that they turn into the torchbearers of change,” says Rajalakshmi.

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Khasim and Rajyalakshmi began Manalo Manam in Andhra Pradesh for deserted youngsters and seniors.

She additionally provides that her want is to uplift the SC/ST communities in any doable method. “They’re ill-treated and deserted in lots of locations and this could finish,” she says, including, “A lot of the youngsters had been 5 or 6 years previous after they first got here right here. I’m certain every of them will attain nice heights sooner or later and provides again to society.”

Edited by Yoshita Rao

Photograph Credit: P Rajyalakshmi



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