Last Month, I was privileged to attend the Mother’s Day celebration event at “Maher” – an NGO in Pune, Maharashtra. The event was organized by the team at World Of Moms, and Palmers, a US skin care company, was the associate partner for the activity. I would call this experience one of the most beautiful and priceless events of my life
The moment I entered the orphanage, I felt both happy and sad at the same time. We talk about positive parenting, attachment parenting, neglected parenting, helicopter parenting and what not! But have you ever imagined a child without parents? Imagining a whole world of children without parental care or the idea of shattered families gives me goosebumps! After visiting MAHER-NGO, I can undoubtedly say that –
Every child deserves a decent childhood, a loving family, loving mom-dad, a healthy and happy life, and a true sense of love and care in early life stages! And this is irrespective of their gender, caste and religion.
Seeing the children over there, I felt really miserable at first…these innocent kids were living without parents, and this affected me to the greatest extent. I really feel so favoured and fortunate to have parents in my life. I should really thank God for offering me the most invaluable gift in my life, that is – “family”. After looking at these tiny miracles, I am surely not going to take anything for granted in my life. Indeed, visiting an orphanage can be a life-changing experience!
Even though these kids don’t have parents, they don’t look dejected or broken-hearted. They don’t even show any signs of sadness in their eyes. In fact, they welcomed us whole-heartedly, with open arms, and with eyes shining in excitement. These kids have unconditional love to offer; they have sparkling and gleeful faces, and a care-free attitude that definitely leaves strong, positive vibes around you.
❤The children are living like a family at “Maher”.
They love each other ❤
The kids taught me the true spirit of caring and sharing! They are so well mannered and loveable too!
“Maher” in Marathi language means – “Mother’s Home”. During my visit to this beautiful place, I realized that the house-mothers, assistants and volunteers here are directly helping the weaker/underprivileged section of society and creating a positive change in this cruel world. Here, all the children receive a good quality diet, medical attention and psychiatric, personal and spiritual counselling.
We had a merry time playing with these beautiful Maher-Kids. But it was when we distributed art and craft supplies by Camlin that the merry-making went to another level altogether! When the children saw the colour pencils, washable crayons, oil pastels, wax crayons and plastic crayons, the delight on their faces was just amazing! The little ones made beautiful, bright and vibrant creations using the art and craft material. I noticed that the kids especially loved playing with color dough. Cartoons, animals, landscapes – there was no end to their creativity!
I was amazed to see that these children were really talented. Their talent, creativity and imagination had no boundaries. They executed their work so flawlessly! It was splendid for me as a parent to behold such free and pure creativity. Since all Camlin’s products are non-toxic and totally safe for children, we could let the kids express themselves without any restrictions!
The kids even tried the washable crayons on the floor, and there was no fuss about cleaning them later, because they are washable! Simply observing their talent made us so happy and we wished we could spend some more time with them.
In the afternoon, we all settled down for our lunch where we enjoyed simple Indian food with all the lovely kids. We also enjoyed some snacks and juice provided by WOM during the activity.
It was a soul-stirring experience for me to join the WOM team on their Mother’s Day celebration this year. Now, I understand the true meaning of “Real happiness lies in making others happy”. The children at Maher were grinning so merrily. Their smiles were precious and souls were absolutely gracious…To see a child smile, and to know we contribute something for that smile, gives divine joy and ultimate satisfaction.
But of course, the best part about the whole experience was the love and respect these kids expressed while we all were returning from Maher. They sang a beautiful “Thank You Song” in chorus and some of the kids just couldn’t stop kissing and hugging us!
This experience gave me deeper love and understanding for children. It is an experience that I would love to cherish and value forever.
God bless all children, and may he take special care of those who do not have any parental care and families!
I wanted to make this post few weeks back, but I could not really make it as I was occupied with too many things happening around. . 🌼Last Month, I was fortunate enough to attend the Mother’s Day celebration event at “Maher”(an NGO in Pune, Maharashtra). The event was organized by the team at @worldofmoms , and @Palmers (US skin care company who was the associate partner for the activity). . . 🌼I was already late for this NGO event. As my 10min cab wait turned into half an hr. long cab wait. And till the time I could step into the cab, Merog was sleepy, cranky and a bit peckish already. So, I immediately decided to wear Merog in baby carrier @anmol_baby_carriers . Babywearing could really save my sanity on this eventful day. . 🌼The moment I entered the orphanage, I felt really miserable after seeing the most innocent kids were living without parents. And this affected me to the greatest extent! . 🌼I really feel so favoured and fortunate to have parents in my life. I should really thank God for offering me the most invaluable gift in my life, that is – “family”. After looking at these tiny miracles, I am surely not going to take anything for granted in my life. Indeed, visiting an orphanage can be a life-changing experience! . . 🌼Read about my "A day well spent at Meher NGO" experience in my latest blog post at 👉 . http://www.Merogandmom.com/a-day-well-spent-at-meher-ngo . . Direct link in bio