Kukudakhandi, April 11 : A visually impaired sister is heading the burden of her three siblings at Masihakhali village in Ganjam.
Santoshini, the eldest daughter of Sima Nayak and Basanti is parenting her three orphaned siblings after her father succumbed to Jaundice in 2015 and mother passed away in 2018 due to blood cancer. She is taking care of a brother and two sisters despite her disability.
There is no body to earn for the family. As a relief, a sum of Rs 700 disability pension and 20 kilo of rice is everything for them, just to live. It includes the study expenses of the three children, as brother is in class VIII, a sister in class five and the youngest one is in class three.
The thatched house, where the four minors live has gone unsafe. Nothing has been done for its repair and maintenance after the guardians passed away. As a result, they are living in a broken shed without a door.
Meanwhile, a lady teacher has fitted a temporary door in Shantoshini’s shed, out of pity. While,the volunteers of Utkalmani Niswartha Seva Sangathan have helped her with some food grains, home needs and Rs 10,000 on behalf of an NRI.
The four minors are now having two square meals since a few days.
However, Santoshini is bothered for their future. She is waiting for government assistance to bring her siblings up with proper care and education.
Being informed, Sub-Collector Berhampur V Kirti Vasan assured assistance to the distressed family. The kids will be rehabilitated in Child Care Home till their house is renovated. Sunita’s eye check up will be carried in MKCG Medical College and Hospital, said Kirti Vasan.