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Maharashtra Woman rows 18km daily to help tribal babies, moms (

Taking on the mighty Narmada river is certainly not for the faint-hearted. But Relu Vasave, an anganwadi worker, has seen the river flow by her village all her life.

Meet 27-year-old Relu Vasave, an anganwadi worker who makes 18km roundtrip by boat, everyday, to ensure that a group of tribals get their food and medical supplies. Relu rows up the Narmada river every day, so that 25 newborn and malnourished children and seven pregnant women do not miss out on proper nutrition. Relu tarted visiting the tribals after they stopped coming to the anganwadi due to the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown. She has been visiting the tribals for five days a week since April 2020. Her work is located in the remote village of Chimalkhadi in the Nandurbar district of Maharashtra.

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