A visit to the newly constructed livelihoods centre, built by Divine Shakti Foundation was the next stop in Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji’s yatra to Kedarnath where they met and spent time with the beneficiaries. Several of the women, who had lost their husbands in the floods, were so glad to get a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives- as Pujya Swamiji said, that along with weaving sweaters, shawls and many other garments they were also weaving their lives with hope and healing. Plans for a grande inauguration of the centre as well as a resilient and strong buy-back network were also discussed in detail.
Divine Shakti Foundation has built the center in the wake of the tragic floods and has provided all of the machines for the women to work on. DSF has also joined together with Mandakini Women Weavers of Garhwal and Panchachuli Women Weavers of Kumaon, Jagdish Stores, Organic India, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), Ganga Action Parivar (GAP) and others to engage and reach out to hundreds of women, unemployed youth and their families in the Kedarnath Valley. Divine Shakti Foundation’s Triyuginarayan Centre is located 25 kms from Kedarnath, the sacred site which was most devastated by the Uttarakhand floods. GIWA and GAP will be working together with DSF to implement outreach programmes to improve access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities and WASH education in this gorgeous and picturesque village.
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Special thanks to Emami Foundation for their generous contribution toward this center.
*pictures courtesy of Michael Stoeger