Sudharshan Mitter, 75 Years
SILVER AWARDEE :
20 Years. this Faridabad based Silver has given 2000 poor children the
gift of education enabling them to craft new tomorrows.
Her quiet revolution has gone to encompass destiturte woman, offering
A homeopathic doctor, who would give free medicines and run
Dispensaries wherever her husband was posted, she has given the gift of
education to over 2000 poor children in her neighbourhood enabling them
to overcome poverty with access to the school system and vocational
After her husband's retirement in 1988 they moved
to Faridabad which was just developing. There were a lot of
construction workers who were eking out a living while their children
we loitering about. 'Their energies needed to be tapped constructively'
she thought. And so began the quiet revolution to teach the children in
a park near her home. With God's Grace this caravan of children is
rolling on till today.
Mitter also found another calling : the welfare
& rehabilitation of destitute women. "There are so many widows with
children who have no jobs. And then there are old women who have been
thrown out of their homes by their children as they can't contribute to
the running of the house". Mitter gives them monthly rations(oil, rice,
dal, atta and pickle) free, which enables the women to become more
self-sufficient. Apart from rations, she offer medical help, education
for children and most important hope for a better tomorrow.
Starting with 15 children, all alone, today there
are 160 children and 12 teachers - three(3) paid, nine(9) volunteers.
Among the teachers are : a 87-year old who teaches Maths &
Sanskrit; a 79-year old who teaches Maths, English, Science &
Commerce. 'It is the most challenging as well as satisfying thing they
have ever done'.
Their efforts in the park have empowered the
children to get admission in Public Schools, graduate and survive on
What makes Mitter an outstanding guide is her
realism. 'Everyone is not cut out for higher education but they can
still make a good life for themselves'. She identifies the child's
talent and guides. She also helps her wards to get jobs.
She is down to earth despite her extensive network
of donors and well-wishers'. Her faith in humanity is high. 'The more
needy people come to us, the more donors seem to come forward'.