I am K.R.Raja, graduated with a Masters Degree in social work from Pondicherry University in 2010. As part of course requirements I made many field visits and interacted with various people facing varied difficulties. For instance I met people with psychiatric disorders, others who had sold their kidneys for survival among other categories. I served them passionately and felt that that we can make a difference in the lives of others. There are always people around us who need someone’s help. The question is can I be that person!
I also conducted a research in the prisons to identify psychopathic deviation and adjustment patterns of prisoners during my second year in the University. I was confronted with stiff opposition from my lecturer when I told him about my intent to conduct a research in prison. He cited government procedures. I convinced him and then he allowed me to proceed. After my research the visits I made to prisoners’ homes revealed much.
Before I proceed, let me share something about the family structures in India. The joint family is giving way to nuclear families. There are no elders to guide them and due to family problems and frustrations, rate of murder has increased. The man murders the wife leaving the children alone. The man is taken to jail where he serves a period of jail not less than 14 years. The question remains ‘ what is the fate of the innocent children’?
I felt the need to establish a home where these children could grow, be educated, healthy and morally strong. When I discussed this with others, the desire to help these children was born and a few of us who were like minded decided to establish a NGO in India.