Have you ever sacrificed your wants to help someone with their needs? Well, this beauty helped others no matter what her circumstances were. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Sindhutai Sapkal. She is known as the “mother of orphans” and is an Indian social worker and social activist.
Sapkal was born on November 14th, 1948. She always had the passion to learn and be educated about the world, but her mother forbidden it and pulled her out of school in the 4th grade. Back then, it was inappropriate for women to gain as much knowledge as men although, as we know, they were very much capable of it. At the age of ten years old, she was forced to marry a 30-year-old. During this marriage, Sapkal was beaten and abandoned. She was also hated by her community because she strongly opposed the exploitation of women.
The lack of support that her husband and the rest of the community gave her did not make her back down. Instead, it made her feel stronger about the situation. When she and her daughter were homeless, she encountered many orphans and women who were ignored by society. Ever since that moment, she adopted those orphans and even begged on the street to feed them. To this day, she has adopted and cared for over 1,200 orphaned children. Yes, you read that right!
Sapkal saved so many lives even though she didn’t have much to provide for her and her own kids. She has won over 270 awards from different organizations, and she has founded many organizations across Maharashtra which provide education and shelter to all orphans. Thank you Sindhutai Sapkal for nurturing and shaping the futures of many orphans. Sindhutai Sapkal is a girl with beauty and brains!