Special Correspondent

Bangalore: This charity is unusual among similar organisations that help the underprivileged. It was founded by a woman who wanted to give something back to society.

For Padmaa K. Bhat, industrialist and founder and managing trustee of Sri Satya Sai Charitable Trust, inspiration came from the way successive governments involved women, the neglected half of the population, in welfare activities.

Across the country, there were examples of women forming themselves into groups and achieving the seemingly impossible.

The trust has reached out to people with several projects. It acquired a property at Nagadevanahalli, close to Kengeri, and built a 15,000 sqft structure that now has a home for the aged and an orphanage with special facilities for the disabled. There are 20 senior citizens and 50 children in the home where training in vocational skills is provided.

The trust has reached out to more women in Bangalore city and district and helped in starting more than 100 self-help groups. Future plans include a school for special children. A transit home for women in distress, more homes for the aged and mobile clinics are planned, says Ms. Bhat.

In the rural areas around Bangalore, the trust has been educating and persuading farmers to give up use of potentially hazardous chemical fertilizers and go in for organic farming. They will be supported in growing medicinal plants and herbs.