Staying true to her ‘Pratibha’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 May 2018 11:33:55


Our Correspondent

“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.”This quote by Rudyard Kipling is dedicated to all such women, who have spent their entire life nursing and protecting their child, moulding them into a strong, self-dependent and wise citizen. Undoubtedly, there are a few women who have truly redefined this phrase, establishing their position equal to God for their children.Pratibha Maseh, a specially-abled woman is one among the aforementioned category women. She runs an Ashram in Dallirajhara where she looks after a group of 57 children including a few specially-abled ones.

Pratibha had started this Ashram a few years ago with 15 girls, who were prevented from being victim of child marriage in Bhairamgarh region.With the passage of time, the number of children in the Ashram started increasing and now it has reached to 57. All the kids are under care of Pratibha’s warm motherhood.“We call Pratibha didi as ‘Maa’ because she is more than parents for us. She protects us, feeds us, educates us and fulfills all our basic needs. She is no less than a God to us,” says Asha, one of the girls currently residing in the Ashram. Asha was rescued from Dallirajhara. It is unfortunate to mention that Pratibha’s both kidneys have damaged and her eye sight is fading. Despite all odds, she did not give up and. She looks after the Ashram children like her own.

“After I lost my husband, I had to face a huge financial crisis but I never allowed adversities to let me down” says Pratibha, with a gentle motherly smile on her face. Instead, she said, I used it as an inspiration, motivating me to work harder and start an Ashram for children who do not have parents or are being ignored by their parents due to their disabilities.