Life is a question mark for this widow and her three little daughters
Kozhikode: ‘This is Kerala. There is no poverty here….’ Before making these kind of statements with pride, we should look around. Because, in Kozhikode city, a mother and her three young daughters are struggling to eke out a living. The have been able to survive so far only because of benevolence and the future of these four souls rests entirely on kindness from others.
This is the life of Bindu (35), who resides at Vattamaninilam house on Poonadathuthazham road in East Nadakkavu here in the city. Bindu’s husband Vineeth passed away due to brain tumour six months ago. Vineeth, who was bed ridden for two years, died leaving his wife and three little daughters to feed themselves. The youngest daughter Teertha is suffering from a lung disorder and has been undergoing treatment at Kozhikode Medical College.
The family is in such dire straits that they did not even have the means to fill their stomachs even on the day of Thiruvonam. The only reason they did not starve on that day was because some kind people managed to get them some food. Their skeletal frames are enough to remind us of the ridiculous amount of food we waste at our homes and in restaurants.
Braving the scorching heat and torrential rain, Bindu roams around the city selling lotteries while carrying her youngest daughter in one arm. Besides feeding the family, she has to pay up the money the family had loaned from people for the treatment of her late husband, who used to work in a hotel.
Four years back, Nadakkavu developmental committee under the leadership of its secretary K. P. Sathyakrishnan built a small house for the family in two and half cents of land. The condition of the house is in such a sorry state that its roof leaks during rain and it can collapse at any time.
Bindu’s younger brother Biju is helping her as much as he can. Her older daughters Nivedya and Jeeva are studying at St. Vincent colony girls school in class 3 and class 1 respectively thanks to the generosity of kind hearted people. Despite their struggles, both are performing well in academics.
The biggest challenge for the family is the treatment of Teertha. Bindu’s heart sinks whenever she finds Teertha struggling to breath. Bindu still doesn’t know how to console the little girl when she starts crying gasping for air.
The only relief that the family has is their ration card. Bindu received widow’s pension for only one month. Apart from this, the family has not received any allowance from the government. Since Bindu herself is struggling with ill health, she cannot perform physically demanding jobs.
Bindu’s kind hearted neighbours have formed a family welfare committee to help them. Also, an account has been opened in Bindu’s name at SBI Eranhipaalam branch (Account number - 38458806111, IFSC CODE- SBIN 0070760). The welfare committee is hoping that kind hearted people would extend their helping hand to save Bindu and family.