A week before i read about Milap initiative on IndiBlogger. The Hope Project, a campaign by Milap to inspire urban masses towards empowering rural women through small contributions. What makes this project special is that the women in this case are ex-Devadasis and the possibility of self-reliance through entrepreneurship is a ray of fierce hope for them.
I have not heard of Devadasi before but after reading different web sources i came to know about Devdasi System. It’s An ancient practice in India, the Devadasi (meaning: ‘servant of God’) system involved dedicating a girl, as young as 5-6 years of age, to the temple Goddess. This meant that she would spend her entire life serving the temple and was not allowed to marry anyone else. The system was abused by the rich and the powerful who began to force the young Devadasis to sleep with them.
Over the years, the Devadasis were reduced to being incorrectly termed ‘temple prostitutes’. This merciless practice, though illegal and outlawed, still exists in certain small towns of India and its stigma continues to cling to the women who attempt an escape. Because of the social stigma around their roles, employment opportunities are denied to them. It is a vicious cycle where future generations too, are drawn into this ruthless system.
After reading about devdasi and The Hope Project i felt to write about the brave ladies who has been tortured before on the name of Pseudo religion and still suffering to meet their daily livelihood. This system is still in practice and few days back The Supreme Court had directed Karnataka Chief Secretary to take all steps to prevent women from being forced to become ‘devadasis’.
I accept the fact that we can’t fix all the things at once, we can’t help all Devadasi but yes our little effort can change someone’s life so don’t you feel/urge to Boost Her Hope For A Better Tomorrow..?
Here i am introducing you Sumitra Kamble and Group, she is a resident of Ghataprabha in Belgaum district. Just like many other former Devadasi women, she has never been to a school. Her entire earnings come from selling milk products obtained from the two buffaloes that she has raised for many years. This allows her to just make ends meet. Even sending her two children to school is more challenging than she would expect. At times, she becomes anxious by the thought that she is just an illness away from financial strain. She sees that the time to change things for the better is now, when she has the will and the enterprise to achieve financial security. She needs a loan not just to supplement her aging buffaloes but to increase her savings. Joining her in her mission are Bhagavva Kamble, Champa Mayanavar, Champa Kamble and Jayashree Lambugol, whose stories mirror the each other. Together, they will encourage and support each other on the road to financial independence.
How Can You Boost Her Hope.?
Sumitra Kamble, Bhagavva Kamble, Champa Mayanavar, Champa Kamble and Jayashree Lambugol, are now jointly seeking a loan of Rs 48,750.00 to meet their objective to buy more buffaloes and goats to add to the strength of their existing herds. Your loan can help them to meet their objective. Click Here To Contribute http://milaap.org/fund/sumitra-kamble-and-group/2037?&referrer_id=9166