2 Indian-origin sisters removing the loneliness of the elderly
2 Indian-origin sisters removing the loneliness of the elderly: 2 lakh letters written to the elderly since Corona
Two American sisters of Indian origin are writing letters to elders around the world to end their loneliness. She has written 1.5 million letters since the start of the Corona pandemic. In fact, Shreya Patel and her younger sister Saffron from Massachusetts could not spend time with their grandparents during Corona in early 2020. In such a situation, both the sisters started making video calls to please her, but Shreya felt that something was missing somewhere.
Shreya tells that we used to call and message grandparents every day, but still they felt lonely. Shreya tells that one day a friend of my grandmother wrote a letter to her. This was the letter that played an important role at the beginning of the Letter Against Isolation organization.
This organization inspired more than 5 lakh people in 7 countries to write letters. In the last two years, his organization has sent 1.5 million letters. He has also been given the prestigious Diana Award for 2022 for this work.
Shreya says that we felt that through letters we can bring positivity to the elderly who are struggling with loneliness. He started sending letters, artwork and positive messages to the elderly people living in old age homes and care homes. Soon she became popular among the elderly. Shreya says, “Within a week, we had written letters to more than 200 senior citizens. Then we started feeling the need for help.
At the same time, the people who received these letters, their life and the meaning of living changed. During this, we came to know that these elders not only keep the letters but also show them to others. They decorate them in their homes, watch them again and again and get inspired by reading them. The campaign of both sisters was successful.
In the first two months, his letters started raising hopes in 11 states of America. In view of the increasing demand for letters, in April 2020, they decided to start Letter Enggest Isolation.
Now this organization has more than 40 thousand volunteers from all over the world. Through these, information about the elderly living alone is available. Apart from America, more than one million people are in Britain, Canada, Australia and Israel, while five lakh elders in other countries are feeling positive after receiving letters. Shreya says, 'Even though vaccination has given the elders the freedom to mingle and interact. But the issue of loneliness persists.
This is such an epidemic, which was present among us even before Corona and will remain so in the future. After this initiative, Shreya and Saffron have become famous in the country and the world. She has hosted the inaugural committee events of US President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Harvard University has also invited him. This organization is rapidly going uphill. Recently he has launched a stamp fund. So that the volunteers do not have to face the problem of money and they keep writing letters to the elders.
This unique campaign has been appreciated by 25 top global newspapers of the world like The New York Times, and the Washington Post. Large companies such as Johnson & Johnson now hold events with the two sisters. Due to this unprecedented contribution to society, Shreya Patel has been given the Diana Award for 2022. Every year in memory of Princess Diana, this award is given to those children and youth who have done something good for society.