On the first death anniversary, the whole world is mourning the demise of esteemed social worker Sindhutai Sapkal and remembering her good deeds.
Sindhutai Sapkal, better known as “Mai” or “Mother of Orphans,” was an Indian social worker and activist who uplifted the lives of orphans in India.
By raising more than 1,500 orphans, she created a large family of 382 sons-in-law and 49 daughters-in-law.
More than 700 prizes have been given to her in recognition of her achievements. On top of that, she received Padma Shri in the social work category in 2021.
Sapkal never had any greed or love for fame; she did everything to help the needy and even used her award money to purchase land in order to build homes for orphaned children.
Typically, orphanages only house their children until they turn 18 years old, but Sindhutai looks after her kids until they get employment, get wedded, and establish themselves in society.
Individual donations and other assistance from various backgrounds entirely supported her work.
Who Was Sindhutai Sapkal Husband Shrihari Sapkal?
At the age of 12, Sapkal married Shrihari Sapkal, a cowherd who was 20 years older than her.
After their marriage, they went to Nawargaon village in Seloo, Wardha. Before she was 20 years old, she had already given birth to three sons.
The marriage did not survive long, as when Sindhutai was 18 years old and four months pregnant, Shrihari abandoned her due to a rumour, which ultimately changed her life.
But, she never allowed her struggles to break her spirit but strengthened her.
When Sindhutai visited her hometown nearly two decades ago, she welcomed Shrihari into her facility because he had no one to call his own.
However, the great lady refused to grant him the title of spouse and instead referred to him as one of her orphaned children.
“The Sindhutai Sapkal Foundation” provided care and support for Shrihari in a responsible manner.
On July 23, 2019, a Saturday morning, her husband, Shri Hari Sapakal, passed away at the age of 92 in her Chikhaldara Ashram near Amravati from an old-age illness.
After his departure, she stated, “With the demise of Shrihari, I feel that my most dangerous child has left us.”
Sindhutai Sapkal Family And Kids
On November 14, 1948, Sindhutai Sapkal was born to a cowherd named Abhimanyu Sathe in Wardha, Central Provinces, and Berar, India.
She was referred to as Chindhi (rag in Marathi) since she was an undesired child.
Much to her (name unknown) mother’s disapproval, her father was determined that Sindhutai receive an education.
In fact, he used to send her to class under the guise of cattle grazing. She would use “leaves of the Bharadi Tree” as a slate because she could not purchase a real slate due to financial constraints.
However, she was compelled to stop attending school after completing the fourth grade due to extreme poverty, obligations, and early marriage.
Her first and last biological daughter, Mamta Sapkal, was given to the Pune-based trust to remove any potential biases between her child and the adopted ones.
Today, her daughter is in charge of an orphanage, but the rest of her biological sons’ whereabouts are unknown.
What Was Sindhutai Sapkal Net Worth Before Death?
The great social worker Sindhutai Sapkal net worth is difficult to estimate since she didn’t have anything in her personal name.
Most of her award money and donations were made in the name of her foundation, which was evidently used to help the orphans.
Many of the organizations she started in Maharashtra give thousands of orphans shelter and access to education.
In 2010, her biopic “Mee Sindhutai Sapkal” was also made into a Marathi movie.
Sindhutai works tirelessly to mold the future of these kids, even in her final hours.
At age 74, on January 4, 2022, she suffered a heart attack and passed away in a private hospital in Pune.
On November 24, 2021, she had surgery for a large diaphragmatic hernia.
She had fully recovered, but in the first week of January 2022, she became ill with a lung infection, eventually leading to massive cardiac arrest.
Even though she isn’t alive, her works will live on, and her children will continue reciting her tale.