Her story began when she was diagnosed with Polio at the mere age of five months old. The diagnosis left her with a 90% disability. Once she became an adolescent, she was sent to Tamil Nadu to attend a children’s home for special education.
According to the Times of India, the woman from Sirunallur village near Madurantakam is now 36 years old and hosts, comforts, and solaces 30 orphaned children with disabilities. All of them live in Prem Ilham.
D Indra pursued special education and has post-graduated from Anna University in the field of computer applications. After graduation, the woman leased out a small piece of land where she began to grow food to feed the children she takes care of.
Since the pandemic began, Indra increased the yield of food on her piece of land so that she can feed not only the children but also anyone else suffering from covid-19 and the financial strains that it brought with it. She also feeds the children whose parents have been affected by the Coronavirus.
With the help of her friend, Indra identified approximately 200 struggling families within the village and gave them lunch during the lockdown period. Since then, her 2-acre farm had grown a lot of organic and fresh produce.
She uses all her savings to gather more seeds and types of foods to plant and has also asked the community and other organic farmers to help. She told Times of India: “Okra will take at least five weeks to grow and rice around 140 days.
Noongar paddy variety grows faster than the others. I think we have enough food for now. We are connecting with people and doing all that we can to provide healthy food to the hungry.”
D Indra’s shelter home is mainly run on donations, and her team is currently looking for more donors who are willing to take the responsibility of financially supporting these disabled children.