Unfortunate by birth, immortal by her deeds, The mother of orphan’s Sindhutai Sakpal (Mai)
Sindhutai Sakpal is a name who has written thousands of orphans fate along with her.
She was born on 14 November 1948 at Pimpri Meghe village in Wardha district Maharashtra to Abhimanji Sathe, a cowherd by profession she was an unwanted child. Her father wanted to educate Sindhutai, against the wishes of her mother. Abhimanji used to send her to school but poverty, responsibility and early marriage forced Sindhutai to quit her studies and she could only pass 4th grade.
She was married to Shrihari Sakpal when she was not even a teen age girl, she was just 12. Shrihari Sakal was double in age.
She had given birth 3 sons by the time she turned 20. When she was 9 month pregnant her husband threw her in a cowshed. Sindhutai in great pain, gave birth to a baby girl. Sindhutai cut her umbilical cord with the stone which was lying there, she was the patient and the doctor same time at that day. Her husband and other family left her to her destiny. After she came back to her senses she went to her mother who was her last hope but everyone rejected her. Even her mother closed the doors to her. Sindhutai was alone in the world with her little angel to look after. She was hungry and the baby was hungry too. She wanted to save herself from the life of her daughter. When in this selfish world everyone turned her down she started begging to feed herself and her newborn daughter.
CANDLE WHO BURNT HERSELF AND SPREAD LIGHT.
Sindhutai was like the candle, which burns himself to remove the darkness. She is blessed with natural flare for singing. She used to sing and beg and feed herself and her baby.
Sindhutai would work wholeheartedly for orphans and abandoned and others who were less fortunate. She poured out her motherly love and affection on orphans. She took them under her wings. She gave them food and shelter in whatever way she could. Lovingly they call her “Aai”. Her orphanage is an unique orphanage . Orphanages just keep their wards up to the age of 18. Sindhutai keeps her wards till they get settled in their life. Sidhutai’s work is totally supported and funded by private donations and other help from various sources. She never
let the hardships of her own life let her spirit down. They made her strong. Her heart rending speeches, her oratory, her poems, and gazals are so appealing. After the struggle of years, Sindhutai is assisted by her daughter Mamata and son Deepak and her other grown up sons. She has been a “MOTHER” to many.
The society gave her hardships but in return she only poured love .
Many of the children whom she adopted are well-educated lawyers, lecturer and some including her biological daughter, are running their own independent orphanages. One of her children is doing a Ph.D. on her life.
At the age of 70, her husband came back to her apologetically. She accepted him as her child stating she is only a mother now! Till then she has been freed herself from anger and hatred.
A marathi film ‘Mee Sindhutai Sapkal’ released in 2010, is a biopic inspired by the true story of Sindhutai Sapkal. The film was selected for world premiere at the 54th London Film Festival.
She was also featured in one of the episodes if KBC Karmveer with legendary Amitab Bachchan. He was highly inspired by her work in respect he touched her feet.
She received so many awards for her dedication towards orphans and who were abandoned, as help might be a small word for what she did. She has been honoured with more than 750 awards. She used the money for the home and basic facilities for her children.
Here are some popular achievements of her.