Savatri is a 73-year-old widow in Hyderabad, India, living in a rented home with her only daughter, Girija.
Savatri was born in the year 1939 to her father, Lakshman, who worked in the Indian Army, and her mother, Adilakshmi, who passed away much too early at a young age.
After her mother’s passing, Savatri took on the responsibility of raising her younger siblings.
Her father struggled a lot to feed the family because of the costs with feeding and caring for a large family.
When Savatri was older, she married Venkatesh, and the couple had a little girl they named Girija.
Sadly, Venkatesh became ill and passed away when Girija was only 10 years old.
With no income, Savatri moved back to Hyderabad with Girija and started working in a church as a cook, where she was employed for 10 years.
Presently CFCA sponsorship is her only source of income. With the sponsorship benefits she can get groceries and pay monthly expenditures.
1. What advice do you have for young people?
I advise the young people to be polite with everyone. Believe in God. Never lie to anyone.
2. If you could visit anyplace in the world, where would you go and why?
I would like to visit Bangalore because my niece lives there. My in-laws’ hometown is also Bangalore, but [my daughter and I] don’t know where they live now.
3. Tell us something special or unique about yourself.
From my childhood I am calm and polite. I never shout with anyone. I think this makes me special.
4. What’s your favorite food?
My favorite food is rice and dal (stew), which is a curry dish made with pulses (dried lentils, peas or beans).
5. What is your secret for a long life?
I believe in God. I pray every day. God gave me the strength to live.
6. What’s one thing that has remained the same?
I am calm and polite to everyone. I don’t argue or fight with anyone.
I believe in God. If I feel bad, I pray. He gave me the strength to face all problems in my life.
7. What do you like most about CFCA?
I like the way CFCA take care of the aging people. I am very thankful to CFCA.