Geetha Sridhar

A Selfless Mother

Geetha is a teacher by profession who lost her father to cancer. From that day she decided to do something. Today, she is the mother to 28 orphan kids who are fighting for their lives. Truly she is a ray of sunshine.

My father passed away completely out of the blue - one day he was fine and the next day he was diagnosed with 4th stage cancer. He was in excruciating pain, but before he passed away he told me to take all of his property and to put it to good use.

A few weeks after his death, I resumed work at the school in Sion where I had worked for many years… But every day, I thought of ways to do something for cancer patients. About 2 months later I met a doctor from Pune who told me that there was a hospital in Pune, where little orphaned children were suffering from various stages in cancer, but were not given the right treatment because of the lack of resources. I adopted all 28 of these children and took each one of them as my own. I moved them to our plot in Wadala, where they are now cared for and looked after by a doctor 24 hours a day.

When I first met them, many of them were not expected to live beyond a few days… but now 7 years later most of them are still alive, healthy and happy. I’ve had a lot of volunteers who teach my children and people with large hearts who have donated heavily to our school. Because they’re prone to infections, I myself am not allowed to visit them except on Sunday… And that is the day I cook for them and feed them with my own hands.

I continue to work at my school in Sion, but my colleagues and principal have been extremely supportive. In fact, I am allowed to leave 2 periods early to attend to the needs of my other children… There are many beautiful people in this world who have always come forward to help. This is the only way I can make sure I attend the chemo sessions of each and every one of these children… I never want them to feel alone in the hospital.

But by far the best feeling in the world is to cook for my children… They appreciate every little thing. Just the other day one of my girls wanted to eat chakris… So whenever I make some and fed it to them on Sunday, that little girl says, ‘Geetuma your cooking is the world’s best!’ Like all mothers, my heart melts when they call me Geetu'ma' and more so when they like my food… What more can I ask for?

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