Care giving attains professional stature courtesy Maitri

GUWAHATI, Sept 28: With more and more members in the urban family taking up work for raising family income, the need for domestic and housekeeping support has been increasing by leaps and bounds. Similarly, infants and elderly persons requiring continuous care has also increased the requirement for baby sitters and bedside care givers in the society. Maitri, an NGO to take care of such needs, was established in Guwahati in 2010 and as it has been growing in size over the years, today it has graduated into a company and has a centre in Kolkata in addition to the already existing one in Guwahati. Gitali Thakur, founder Director-in-Chief of Maitri, speaking on the sidelines of the 6th annual Sahayika Day celebrated by the company in Guwahati on Wednesday, informed that Maitri has so far trained 1,300 women in various trades and most of them have found decent and well paid employment that has changed the profile of their families. In other words, Maitri has today become an embodiment of women empowerment, a vehicle for employment generation, and most importantly a ray of hope for those nuclear families whose members are ‘working’ and depend heavily upon reliable support services to take care of children and elders left in the house.