The Lakshmi Hayagreeva Trust and the Lioness Club of South Madras observed International Women's Day in a different manner this time. They decided to appreciate and honour their household maids
who have been contributing towards the smooth functioning of their respective homes with their services. Twelve domestic helpers along with their mistresses assembled at the Pavilion, “The Atrium”, Kalakshetra Road, Thiruvanmiyur, on March 23 for a get-together.
The employers highlighted to those assembled the invaluable help rendered by their maids. Almost all of them stressed that but for these women, their day-to-day functioning would be in a quandary.
They said that while high achievers are honoured almost every day by organisations and receive coveted awards, it is these maids and cooks who lessen the burden at home so that women can venture out and work towards their goals.
The participants said that most of these helpers are subject to various hardships such as drunken husbands, broken homes and a host of other problems.
“But still they come smilingly and take over our chores. We don't tolerate it if they report late to work or take a day off. We do not give them a day off because without them we just cannot manage. Hence we are using this platform to recognise and appreciate their services,” said Manorama Hiteshi from the Lakshmi Hayagreeva Trust .
She said that this event was just a beginning. “The idea should catch up in the years to come and a day every year should be marked for our female domestic helps,” she added.
Each of the maids spoke lovingly of her employer and there were quite a few emotional scenes.
The members honoured their maids with a gift. Most of them gave cash gifts.
The function was followed by a sumptuous tea at which the maids partook of the refreshments along with their employers.
Lioness Amala Immanuel, president of the lioness club, proposed a vote of thanks.