Achievements in 2003
Further to our previous newsletters, we are pleased to announce that on 26th Oct. 2003, We have completed five years and enter into 6th year of being functional and providing services in this region. During this period of these hospitals being functional in spite of many teething troubles and lack of funds, though delayed by two years, now we have been able to complete additional wing making it a facility as "The Gwalior Hospital for Children and Women" as well start the The Gwalior mobile hospital "A real hospital on wheels".
The charity has supported the work to the extent that -
Other facilities are provided for nominal charges, for various laboratory and radiological investigations, operations, hospitalisation, intensive care treatment, dialysis etc. We will like not to refuse any poor person for free treatment, but sometimes hard decisions are taken for lack of funds. we try to provide maximum within our limited means to all poor, destitute and disabled people in the region.
The Hospital provides emergency and ambulance services all 24 Hrs. of the day throughout the year. We are aiming to develop accidents & emergency (Trauma) Centre with multi-speciality team approach and a stroke centre for treatment and rehabilitation of stroke patients. Special clinics are run for vaccination, epilepsy, diabetes, hypertension, tuberculosis, leprosy, female health check-up for early detection of cancer etc. etc.
With additional facility now with hospital for women, we shall be able to provide the maternity services too caring for mothers and babies. We are introducing facilities for "pain less labour" in Gwalior first time. We have been able to upgrade the Intensive Care Unit facilities and added two new operating theatres in the hospital to provide these services, one dedicated for eye operations, other as delivery suite for Gynecs and Obstetric procedures and third for other surgical specialities.
Gwalior Mobile Hospital "A real hospital on wheels" -
Since June 2003, We have expanded our work in rural areas and have been working in following villages with a population of about 750000, selected for non availability of any health care system in these areas, through our rural health centres in of Kalyani, Nagori, Badori, Biloa, Jorasi, Mahalgaon, Nim Chandoha, Turari, Banwar, Mauchha, Nonera, Khuman ka Pura, Susera, Jalalpur, Rudra Pura, Susera, Naya Gaon and Khaneta. Now with these additional facilties we shall expand further these services in remote areas like Rairu, Pratap Singh ka Pura, Mahtoli, Banmore, Chhonda, Shanichara, Sikrori, tekanpur and surrounding villages. We aim to work there to provide these essentially needed basic medical facilities to improve the health and living conditions, to prevent spread of diseases and to treat the ill people including cataract operations at the door steps for these poor people, which they are not able to receive otherwise for illiteracy, poverty, ignorance, want of transport means etc.
We are very much thankful to Accenture Employees Charity to help us in bringing our this dream true, but we need funds to maintain and provide for these services in these remote villages. We have been promised by GRMC Alumni in USA for their support for this work. We hope that probably Govt. authorities may grant us funds to carry on with these services.
Special names to mention are Dr. H. P. S. Chauhan, Dr. Vijaya Kumar, Dr.V.N.Sehgal, Dr.Sobie Pandey, Dr. Ranjana Sharma, Mr. Charles de Francis (Ex high commissioner of U.K.), Bonny Squair, Victoria Sleet, Dr. Gillian Davies(Anaesthetist and BESO volunteer), Celine Loupia, Hope Hammrick and many more. This volunteer programme continues throughout the year with ever increasing no. of experts to support this programme. Many students from U.K., U.S.A., Canada and Australia are joining our volunteer students programme to gain work experience.
In addition with mobile hospital's operation theatre we will be able to do these operations in villages itself avoiding transportation, disruption in their life schedule overcoming the reasons for delay in such operations giving them sights, by our dedicated Ophthalmic team under guidance of Prof. B. Shukla, the president of Ophthalmic Society of India and recently awarded with international fellowship. We have requested Helpage India and Sight Savers of India for funds to help us for continuing this work. We also plan to develop an eye Bank at this centre to add on much needed facilities in this area.
Vaccination, malnutrition, prevention etc.
Slums and Rural Development Work
We initiated regular health education programme in slums & rural areas with the help of health educators, social workers targeting for hygiene, sanitation, prevention and early diagnosis with repeated regular visits. Now with our mobile hospital "the real hospital on wheels," we are able to expand upon these services with provision of facilities of a hospital including investigations, treatment and operations in slums and remote villages with audiovisual means for health education to create awareness, for prevention and early diagnosis to improve health and living conditions and avoid deaths as much as possible.
Schools & Orphanages
After having worked for two years in Mercy Home (the Govt. run Orphanage for children with profound learning disabilities and mental illness, but in fact a dumping place for any homeless or abandoned person), we were not able to make desired changes due to obstructive unsympathetic attitude, work culture and hurdles created by local Govt. staff. Hence in May 2003, we have proposed to take the total responsibility of the management and care of the children there without any financial help, provided they withdraw their employees. Since June we are actively supporting and providing for the children in Mercy home with volunteers input, extra carers, play and dining facilities and supplementing food, clothes, toys and bed linen etc. The life for these children has since improved, but that is not enough.
To avoid exploitation and abuse, we had to fight tooth and nail to shift five vulnerable girls from there to Mother Teresa's home, where they are being looked after with love and care now duly sponsored by us.
If agreed we shall develop this as our orphanage naming it as "SNEHALAYA", the home with love, to provide love and happiness to these children. Alternatively we shall build our separate Orphanage as "SNEHALAYA" with vocational training and rehabilitation centre for disabled and destitute children.
The Hospice for Children with HIV
Adhar Public School and Sunrise Intl. School.
Scholarships and poor students fund for students of GRMC, Gwalior
Overseas education and training-
We continue with continued medical education programme at Gwalior with the help of expert volunteers from U.K., U.S.A. and India. Many more volunteers from overseas have shown interest in our programme and we are planning to initiate courses and training to award various certificates and diplomas in various medical and paramedical disciplines with affiliation of various organisations and institutes to benefit students in India and prepare them for higher training overseas if required.
Volunteers' support and Fundraising -
On the occasion six of the volunteers, Mr. Michael Binnie, Dr. Richard Levin, Victoria Sleet, Mr. J. S. Bilkhu, Mr. Steve Jenkins and Miss Sarah Blowfield (Posthumous) were awarded certificates of honour recognising their outstanding work, support and volunteering services to help carry this work forward to help and provide for poor, disabled and destitute children of Gwalior and Chambal region in India. In addition Mr.Michael Binnie(a retired teacher from Surrey) was named as fund-raiser of the year.
The party continued till late in the night and concluded with the raffle draw, whereby Mr. Mark Smith of Norwich, won the first prize of £250. Eva Frean of London won the second prize of £100. Two third prizes and four forth prizes were awarded. Our heartiest Congratulations to all the winners. Many thanks to Eva Frean, Mr. Christopher Saunders and Mr. Gurmit Tamber who have donated their winnings to the charity. Our next volunteers day will be celebrated on 26th June at Ironbridge in Shropshire being organised by Mrs. Lynda McShane.
Shridhar JayaKumar and Deepa Ramchandani from UCL raised £428 through parachute jump. Darshana Patel, Priya Desai and 12 colleagues went around circle line in London with buckets in hand on 15th Aug. 03 (India's Independence day) to raise funds for this cause.
A gift to Mariane -Mariane Ayling, a teacher in Shropshire while getting married on 24th Oct., sent invitations and asked all the guests, whatever they want to give to her as wedding gift, in stead give all that as donations to Gwalior Childrens Hospital. To denote that she was serious about it, Marion added that if anyone brings any gift, those gifts will be sold by auction and all the proceeds will go to charity to provide for this cause. Our heartfelt gratitude for Marion's such feelings and support for us with our congratulations and best wishes for a happy married life.
An evening of music, drinks and food in exotic settings was organised successfully at the Nomads tent, 21 St. Leonard's lane, Edinburgh. EH8 9SH on 21st Nov. in aid to our Orphanage programme by Stephanie Wolf-Murray of Connect Humanitarian Agency, Anne Goring, Bonny Squair and Charles Drace-Francis with the help of many volunteers and supporters. Mr. Ruffus, owner of The Nomads tent generously donated of all sales to our orphanage work.
Mr. Michael Binnie, a retired teacher from Surrey went for 800 miles
long walk "PARIKRAMA" along Narmada river in India from Amarkantak
to Bharuch (its origin to its end into Arabian sea) from 26Sept. and completed
it on 21st Dec. raising funds for the school for special needs and the
Orphanage. This is to remember that Michael has completed first leg of
this Parikrama in year 2000 to raise funds for an Indian Cancer Charity.
Lewis Brett Smiler, our dedicated volunteer from USA has prepared a beautiful website to show his feelings for this work.
. Radha is organising fundraising in Australia. We are hoping for affiliation and cooperation with CAF Australia and Co-Aid Australia to achieve these goals as initiated by Radha there. Robin Prentice from Australia is designing a new web site for us to show the real picture, which will be functional very soon www.helpchildrenofindia.org.uk
The Edinburgh Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in U.K., has selected Gwalior Childrens hospital as the charity of the year out of many applicants. The bid was won with presentation by Charles Drace-Francis, Ex. high commissioner of U.K. (who has worked with us at Gwalior for three months at the beginning of this year) and Bonny Squair. This will boost the fundraising as much needed for the ongoing Orphanage appeal with the help and support of all the teachers, pupils and parents of the Edinburgh Academy. We are very much obliged to Jackie Marsh, the charity committee in charge, for organising various fundraising activities throughout this year to raise funds for the Orphanage work. Visit for updates and details www.edinburghacademy.org.uk/activities/charities.html
We need to continue with such fund raising activities more frequently to achieve our targets with involvement of more volunteers and supporters. We very much need funds to maintain and continue for ongoing work (£10000 p.m.), as well to expand these services and to complete the Orphanage with centre for vocational training and rehabilitation to help make these poor, disabled and destitute children independent enabling them to lead a life with self esteem and dignity (£500 k).
We are extremely grateful to all our supporters, our volunteers and all the donors towards helping us to achieve, what has already been achieved, but that is not enough. We need to expand to complete this work. We hope for your continued support and commitment to continue with this work. We look for your extended help and support to complete the unfinished work and expand these facilities.
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