PUNE: Gaiety and enthusiasm marked the silver jubilee celebrations of Maher, the well-known organization at Vadhu near Pune, that took place at Wagholi on 5th February. Maher was established by Sister Lucy Kurien in February 1997 and has since then provided shelter to homeless women, children, men and has also been undertaking various schemes of rural development in Maharashtra and five other states in the country.
The celebrations took place throughout the day and were attended by distinguished dignitaries from the city and elsewhere. These included Dilip Valse Patil, Maharashtra’s home minister, Nitin Karmalkar, Vice-Chancellor of the Savitribai Phule Pune University, and Dr. Kumar Saptarshi, the well-known socialist activist. Silestone, the Silver Jubilee publication, edited by Dr. Hemant Devasthali, was released on the occasion at the hands of the distinguished guests who spoke admirably of the work being done by Maher over the last 25 years. Sister Lucy felicitated on the occasion her colleagues who had completed more than 15 years of their association with Maher.
The main function was presided over by Sunanda Pawar, a well-known activist and a leading light of the Agricultural Development Trust at Baramati. She released two books on Maher on the occasion. These included a book in German written by Dr. Nicola Pawar, Lucia Kaposi, Christine Lendofer, and Marlies Matejka. The other book, ‘Rising to New Life’, has been penned by an American friend of Maher, Darcy Cunningham.
The cultural show on the occasion featured ballet and a Bharatanatyam performance by Maher children. The ballet was a unique show highlighting Maher’s work since its inception and drew wide applause from the audience and guests.
The celebration was marked by merriment and excitement as much as a resolve by friends and colleagues at Maher to work harder and lend their helping hand in coming years to even larger numbers of India’s destitute and poor.
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