March 31, 2023

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Shrushti Charitable Trust: to the aid of differently-abled in munnar


Abandoned by her husband, 23-year-old Mallika reached the gate of Srushti Charitable Trust in Munnar with her infant daughter.  30 years down the road, she has a home to stay, a job with salary, has visited foreign countries and has her daughter doing higher studies in Ireand.

She is now an employee of the cloth dying unit that Shrushti runs for differently-abled.  Shrushti is the brainchild of Rethna, wife of late Krishnakumar, a former director of Tata Sons.  The Trust runs 6 units which include paper-making factory, natural cloth dying unit, fruit-vegetable-flower unit, jam and preservative unit and bakery.  Even dung of the wild elephants is not wasted but used for making paper in their factory.

The other unit is a school for differently-abled.  This fully residential and free school imparts training in arts and life skills.  At the age of 18, the students are shifted to one of the units of Shrushti where they start to work and earn a living. 

At present there are 117 differently-abled in various units of the Trust.  Many choose their life-partners in their workplace itself and settle down here. 


Akhil Sahayi (text), Kerala Kaumudi,  January 31, 2023 


"The most pathetic person in  the world is someone who has sight but has no vision."