Helping the needy

By Rajeev Sharma

In the age when small girls play with dolls, Meenu
Saxena had something else in her heart. She was
always anxious to do something for the helpless. Her
mission began with injured little puppies, left
moaning in dust and muck. Small Meenu would take them
home and do whatever she could. Her father would
often get upset with her. One day, Meenu was faced
with a mountain of troubles: the ninth standard girl
lost her father. He left behind Meenu, her two
younger sisters, a brother and his ailing wife. Today
Meenu is 50 years old and unmarried. Carrying on with
her duties towards her family and others, Meenu is no
less than Mother Teresa when it comes to serving the
helpless and needy.
Meenu Saxena, on the strength of her savings and
contribution from friends, and wihout any help from
the government, has been running an organisation for
the disabled and the polio victims, Prerna Niketan
Sangh. The Sangh functions from a newly developed
residential area of Delhi, Dwarka. Meenu is a career
counsellor in Delhi University’s Faculty of
Management Studies (FMS). She spends a large portion
of her modest Rs. 26,000 per month salary on the care
of these children. They study under the tutelage of
Meenu-didi and stand on their feet through vocational
training. All this is not possible for a lone woman,
who feels in the name of NGOs, many money-spinning
shops have come up all over the country. She says
none bothers to care for a lone lamp giving out its
little warmth and light. Meenu Saxena is grateful for
the success of her venture to Yogi Ashwini, whose
organisation Dhyan Foundation donates Rs. 5,000 to the
Sangah for meeting expenses on milk and vegetables
needed for the children. The caravan of Meenu
includes Dr.V.K. Jain, Sanjay Puri, Shanti Devi,
Mrs.Anjli Aggarwal and bhajan singers Saxena Bandhu.
New Delhi Tit Bits (SAT, February 2007)

One comment on “Helping the needy

  1. Ash Mehta says:

    Extremely Inspirational News. Well Done Neeraj!