“It is a bird’s imagination, not its wings, that determines how high it can fly.”
Pankhudi, the word is a combination of two Hindi words i.e. ‘Pankh’ which means wings, and ‘udi’ which means to fly. Pankhudi, with a tagline of “fly high” symbolizes women with high aims and desires in life.
“Service to Mankind is Service to God”. Seva means Service in Hindi. Samiti means a committee i.e. a group of people working for a common cause.
We live in a society where the birth of a girl child is not acceptable in the family and if this happens by any chance, they are not given equal status but are only trained to do household chores. Children are not sent to school for getting an education, especially females- married at a very young age, and then exploited by their spouses.
Children living in the naxal, rural and urban slum areas are not sent to school for education but forced to work for the livelihood of the family. These children are undernourished due to a lack of proper food to eat. So, Pankhudi Seva Samiti, founded by a group of women in 2016- a Non-profit Organisation in India registered as a society and based in Bastar, Chhattisgarh is working to empower women, to change the lives of deprived children, and uplift the tribal communities in remote areas of Bastar which are highly affected by Maoists. The focus area of Pankhudi Seva is Women and Children Welfare, Health and Education, Livelihood, Skill Development, and other community development initiatives.
From the last five years, we were able to educate almost 1000 children of slum areas and Naxal-affected areas of Bastar. More than 200 women were given skill-based training by our volunteers to earn their livelihood. Many awareness programs have been conducted to make the people aware of health and hygiene. A number of awareness programs were conducted during Covid 19 pandemic and we also distributed masks and sanitizers among the needy people.