“Every time I saw homeless people or kids beg on the roads, I used to tell myself that I will do something for them when I grow up. My father, Narasimha Murthi, who used to run a fertiliser shop would help workers whenever they needed money. He was my first inspiration and always encouraged us to get into social service.
After marriage, I moved to Hyderabad from my hometown Srikalahasthi and thankfully, my husband encouraged me to continue my work. Considering the lives of people from poor children to physically handicapped, I desired to set up our NGO Sri Sai Shanti Sahaya Seva Samithi in 2015. Ever since, I have been actively involved in various initiatives like helping the disabled, supporting low-income students to study, offering food to the destitute, medical and blood camps, and also encouraging and training women in computer skills and tailoring.
Not only that but I have also been involved in performing the last rights for the unknown dead bodies over six years now, even during the lockdown period. Initially, I did face criticism for doing such activities, being a woman, but I believed in the noble cause and went ahead. I must thank my husband and children who stood behind me throughout.
In recognition of my work, I had been conferred with the ‘Savitribhai Phule National Award,’ ‘National Keerthi Puraskar,’ ‘Womenergy Special.’ among many others. I am thankful for each and everyone who had supported my cause.
My main aim is to bring an end to female foeticides in both the states, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and have been extensively working for women rights and safety along with our volunteers. I am glad that I could make a difference in many young girls lives and I wish to continue my service in the future too.”