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Ludhiana city is one of the commercially developed cities of the state of Punjab. It is the largest district of the state and has created a niche for itself due to its remarkable social and economical development. Ludhiana has several educational institutions offering quality education to the children and youth. The city also offers enough career options for people from every field.
Although Ludhiana is a developed city of the state, but still there are people who are poor, destitute and orphans. Like many other developed cities, Ludhiana also has many organizations that are mainly concerned with the welfare of the common people. These organizations endeavor to perk up the conditions of the poor and destitute people particularly the women, children and aged. Children, women and young ones are given proper training so that they can work and earn their living. Some of the social welfare organizations in Ludhiana are given below:
Nirdosh- A School for Mentally Challenged Children
Nirdosh institute is solely intended for the mentally challenged. Some of the ladies of Ludhiana’s famous Inner Wheel Club have started this initiative recognizing the ominous need for a dedicated school for the mentally challenged. The school meets all its operating expenses by social support. It has many qualified teachers who train the children to read, write, paint and draw. They are also taught to make the self sufficient in their daily chores.
Shri Vivekanand Swarg Ashram
Shri Vivekanand Swarg Ashram Trust in Ludhiana operates an Old Age Home for the elderly people, above the age of 60, regardless of their sex, caste or creed. They are provided with medical facilities and clothing, boarding and lodging, all free of cost. The Ashram Trust has also started a free Homeopathic Dispensary and a first rate eye hospital. The hospital is outfitted with up to date facilities and is one of its kind in India.
Senior Citizens Home
Located in Sarabha Nagar, the Senior Citizens Home is operated by the Red Cross and provides free accommodation to the destitute old people. At present, there are not much inmates in the old age home, thus, men and women pay a fixed amount of monthly charges as a cost of their living.
Nishkam Sewa Ashram
Nishkam Sewa Ashram was initially set up to take care of the abandoned elderly people. But later on, it branched out its scope to look after the destitute and the downtrodden. In this ashram, senior ashrams live a comfortable life and that too free of cost. Well maintained rooms are provided to them on a twin sharing basis. The ashram also provides tailoring classes to the women to make them self dependant. The ashram has even set up reform centers and Niskam Vidya Mandir in various slum areas of the city that provide education to children at a nominal fee. Brilliant students are even provided with financial help to pursue further studies.
Shree Gita Nand Vridh Ashram
Shree Gita Nand Vridh Ashram, located in the suburbs of Ludhiana, looks after its inmates completely free of cost. There is also a Sanskrit Vidyalaya that provides free lodging, clothes, food and education and other basic necessities to children. Also, the ashram has an area called Vichar Kutir where the inmates can pray and meditate.
Ek Prayas - A School for Mentally Challenged
Ek Prayas, operated by Social Action Group, is an institute and day care center for children with special needs or are mentally challenged. The school tends to groom the personality of such children as far as possible so that they can adjust themselves in the mainstream environment. The school also holds exhibitions of the different sorts of creative works, like diyas, candles, pots and envelopes, made by the children.
Citizens for Public Causes
‘Citizens with Public Causes’ is a registered NGO is an organization that stands up for the civil, human and fundamental rights of the common public. The NGO has filed various PILs in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and also achieved success in the completion of many projects.