2019-03 Maher: Rising to New Life

In the small village of Vadhu-Budruk, India, the first Maher house opened its doors in 1997 as a caring home for abused and traumatized women. The organization has since expanded to support children and adults in need in over 100 rural communities and has helped thousands of individuals find dignity and self-worth.

In the Marathi language of Western India, Maher means Mother's Home. Founded by Sister Lucy Kurien, the non-governmental organization helps distressed individuals from all over India exercise their right to a higher quality of life, irrespective of gender, caste, creed or religion. Its mission is to identify and understand the root causes of violence and despair experienced by women and children in India, then develop and deliver services to address these root causes and their effects in villages and slums, so women, children and families are healthy, happy and self-reliant.

When Catherine Willson and Mikaela Keepin learned of Sister Lucy Kurien’s work, they each felt a calling. 
They have each visited Maher as volunteers multiple times for over a decade. In this presentation they will share the history and work of Maher through stories, discussion and a slideshow. After the presentation, items made by the women at Maher will be available for sale.