On the path to self-reliance for women

25 women at the rehabilitation centre get vocational training

Some women do not have a family, while some of them do not live with their families for various reasons. Destitutes, widows, divorcees, victims of various crimes, mentally challenged persons and those who have served jail terms have been housed here.

There are 25 women from 18 to 45 years old at the Priyadarshini Women’s Rehabilitation Centre, run by the Snehabharathi Educational Institutions here. The centre is funded under Swadhara scheme of the women and child welfare department. There is also provision to house children below 12 years of age. However, there are no children at present.

The centre at Siddarthanagar in the city provides free accommodation, food and training in various vocations to make women lead a confident and respectable life. Those who are mentally challenged get adequate treatment and care.

Training has been provided to inmates in tailoring, embroidery, making of paper covers, etc. Each woman has a different kind of a story to tell. But dejection and sorrow is a common factor. Some have been victims of domestic violence, some neglected by brothers or children. The staff at the centre take all care to instill confidence among the inmates and boost their morale.

Kalavathi, an inmate, said: “Earlier, I was in a rehabilitation centre at Bangalore. I came here two years ago. All inmates live like a family. The staff are good. I have been making paper covers. It has given me a purpose to live. Now, I am happy that I may be able to lead an independent life due to the training I get here.”

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