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Seek for inspiration in your pain and always have empathy because that is what keeps your foot on the ground even when your head is in seventh heaven. Make the best out of your potentials and never let go of an opportunity that will benefit your development. Always try to uplift your fellowmen and never oppress or overstep on others to win the race. Walk the course of life with integrity and compassion. Here?s a heart-warming story of a woman who changed her life completely only because she took charge and chose to be an author of her own story instead of letting anybody else dominate. She redefines the core meaning of motherhood and compassion and emphasizes the importance of women empowerment and education for all.

Sindhutai Sapkal, affectionately known as the "Mother of orphans.? is an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for her work in raising orphaned children in India. She was conferred a Doctorate in Literature by the DY Patil Institute of Technology and Research in 2016

Sindhutai was born on 14 November 1948 in a cattle grazing family in Maharashtra?s Wardha district. Being an unwanted child, she was referred to as Chindhi (Marathi for "torn piece of cloth"). However, her father was keen on educating Sindhutai, much against the wishes of her mother. Abhimanji (Sindhutai's father) used to send her to school under the pretext of cattle grazing, where she would use the 'leaf of Bharadi Tree' as a slate as she could not afford a real slate due to her family's limited financial resources. Abject poverty, family responsibilities and an early marriage forced her to quit formal education after she successfully passed the 4th standard.

Sapkal is 70, but she?s still armed and dangerous with vivacious energy and a positive spirit. She had a heartbreaking start when her abusive husband threw her out of the house when she was nine months pregnant. After giving birth in a cow shelter, Sapkal sought refuge in her mother?s house, but was refused.

While begging on the streets, she realized how many children are orphaned, homeless and hungry. This realization inspired her to adopt children in need. Over her lifetime, she had mothered up to 1,400 orphans, earning her the name ?mother of orphans.? While she has won over 500 awards and gaining significant media attention, her fight to feed and support children continues.

On 8 March 2018 on Women's day Sindhutai Sapkal was honoured with Nari Shakti award 2017 from the President of India. This is the highest civilian award dedicated for Women.


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