Its name is Sindhutai Sapkal and is known in India as the Mother of the Orphans. The reason for this name? The woman, now sixty-eight, has grown over the course of her life nearly 1,500 children without parents.
Sindhutai manages four orphanages and has received over 750 awards for its efforts. To help her the biological daughter Mamta and the eldest of her adopted children.
But there is a substantial difference between Sindhutai orphans and those managed by the state: children are not given up for adoption and are not even sent away once they have reached age. The woman takes care of them as long as they need them, giving them all the love of a real family.
"The fact that a boy is 18 years old does not mean that he knows how to cope with himself, in fact, it's his time when he needs more support and love, and someone who explains the dangers of life," she says.
The stories of the boys who arrive in the orphanages of Sindhutai are incredible: some have been thrown into a rubbish bin, some begging for alms at the station and some even living with a bunch of stray dogs.
The same woman had a very troubled life: as a child she had to leave school and at the age of 10 she was married to a man much older than her. Ten years later, just waiting for a child, she was sent away by her husband. No one helped her, to the point that she had to give birth to a baby in a stable. During this period, the woman met several children in distress like her, and she spontaneously tried to help them: what had been the mission of her life had begun.