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Jyoti’s Story :

She married the kindest man she knew and learnt a lot from him. At 47, she suffered the tragic loss of losing her husband to a car accident. However, life didn’t stop there, inspired by her late husband’s way of life, she started her own journey towards what eventually became her passion. One donation at a time and a trust was built. After all, charity begins at home.

“I got letters and photographs telling me how an old utensil at home was feeding a newborn baby.” – Jyoti Sachade, a Social Worker

“I was married at the age of 20 into a joint family of 4 generations. I’d completed my MSC in Zoology, Chemistry and Botany but during those times, the ladies at home weren’t allowed to work — we were supposed to only focus on the house. I didn’t mind it too much, my family was a close knit one and I enjoyed playing multiple roles within the family. Through this entire journey, my husband was by my side like a rock. He was the kindest man I knew — his entire life was about helping people in his own small way. If he was passing a bus stop and saw any senior citizen waiting in the heat, he would go out of his way and drop them home. He would often order extra food for lunch so that when he saw any street children begging, he would feed them — I learnt so much from him.

He even supported and encouraged me to find my passion — I learnt 10 languages, took up a bunch of courses and slowly convinced my father in law that I would be able to manage the house and my career simultaneously. At the age of 33, I did my B.ED and then took on a new role as a college teacher. It was at 47, that I lost my husband to a car accident — I was completely devastated! When I began to cope with the situation, I realized that I wanted to carry his way of life forward by giving as much as I could with love and kindness. I decided to start at home. Most of us don’t even think about the things we discard and how useful they can be to people who don’t have anything — so one by one, I began to go through all the things at home that I could donate. From books, to utensils I put everything in boxes and sent them off to different places in need — orphanages, old age homes and medical treatment centers. The response was overwhelming — I got letters and photographs telling me how an old utensil at home (which I wouldn’t have thought twice before throwing away) was feeding a newborn baby. Slowly, I began to spread the word and my relatives and neighbors began to send me their old things to donate!

As the word spread further, I began to receive materials from all over the world — I’ve received stationary from Germany and books from Kenya! I finally established a trust, where people can now donate in an organized manner and where our impact can be higher.”

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