Punar Janma (New Lease of Life)
Hardships and disquiet in the mind of man have led them into committing crimes. When a person is caught, he is put into custody for a certain length of time and because of this the rest of the family members suffer from embarrassment for a prolonged period. They feel ashamed and tend to shy away from normal life, slip into a state of poverty and in some cases they may leave the town or even take an extreme step to end their lives.
Amma’s "Punar Janma" project, aims at bringing the family members back to the normal stream of life. Amma’s ‘Punar Janma’ project is a major social welfare program meant to rehabilitate the families of prisoners.
It is meant to provide the family members with some basic skill sets that will enable them to fend for themselves when the breadwinner of the family ends up in prison. Sewing machines are donated and classes are arranged so that the wife could take on the role of being the breadwinner in the family.
Cows have been donated to some families so they can sell the milk to bring in an income. Children of these prisoners are provided with an education, vocational training and even marriages have been conducted. The main goal of this program is to give people a new lease on life.