Selvi, along with her son, two daughters and a granddaughter lives in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu. Her husband had passed away many years back and she has single-handedly raised her family facing innumerable hurdles that life hurled her way. To make a living, she cleans open sewage drains, sweeps the roads and washes utensils at homes.
NalandaWay Foundation, a Chennai based NGO that works with underprivileged children, helps them achieve their dreams through their art programmes, by focussing on self-importance, individuality, self-expression and imagination. For their 10th Anniversary, the NGO decided to thank someone who has been discriminated against for centuries, but continue to provide their services day-in and day-out: the human scavenger.
Watch, how the children, who have been trained in fine arts, decided to paint the walls of her house with beautiful murals. The NGO also contributed towards building a toilet and flooring for Selvi’s house.