Episode 4 : Apna Ghar

"We don't need to have deep pockets or be rich to help the needy, the poor and the hungry, we need to have a heart" ~ Kevin Dcruz Often we find ourselves giving excuses for not helping out be it not being rich enough or not having enough time. But, if we refuse to listen to the cry of the needy, our own cries might go unheard. Fortunately, there are many among us excuse-givers who actually stand up and devote their lives for the upliftment of the society. In this episode, we'll discuss how Dr Brij Mohan Bhardwaj and Dr Madhuri Bharadwaj went on to establish "Apna Ghar".

Brij Mohan Bhardwaj was born in Sahroi village in the Khair city of Aligarh District in Uttar Pradesh. During his schooling days, his mind would often wander around wondering over situations like suffering from poverty and dying without enough money. After schooling, he went on to pursue BAMS. That's where he met his future wife, Dr Madhuri Bharadwaj. After finishing their doctorate they both started bringing homeless and abandoned sick people home. That's where the foundations of 'Apna Ghar' were laid.

Brij Mohan, when 5 years old, came face to face with a tragic event. While remembering that incident he says, "It’s not that nobody wanted to help. Everyone did. But they held back from taking responsibility, afraid it would fall on their plates. People will help if someone takes responsibility and shows others how they can help.” And that's why they decided to establish ‘Maa Madhuri Brij Varis Sewa Sadan, Apna Ghar’ on 29 June 2000. Apna Ghar today continues to give homage, hope and happiness to homeless, destitute, oppressed, helpless, abandoned, mentally and psychically sick, injured, infected, old aged and dying condition persons. Nobody comes forward to help them. And, they're left with no choice but to wander around for food and eventually die on the streets. But, Apna Ghar has gone on to become their own home. Ashram not only comes to aid the helpless human beings but also helpless accidental sick cows, other animals and birds are being provided treatment, care and shelter. As of today, there are 21 ashrams across India– Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, which provide shelter to sickly and homeless people.

Quoting Anne Frank, "No one has ever become poor by giving". There's more happiness in giving than receiving. Dr Bharadwaj and his wife have devoted their lives to the needy and have done countless good deeds. If we all come forward we can surely make heaven on earth.

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