Achievements in 2004
We are happy to inform that on 26th Oct. 04 we completed sixth year working
and providing care and services to the poor and vulnerable children, women
and old of Gwalior and Chambal region and enter into 7th year now. We
organised many multi-speciality and eye camps in the hospital and villages
providing services for three weeks continuously to commemorate our annual
celebrations with official inauguration of the mobile hospital-the real
hospital on wheels and initiating our Orphanage-SNEHALAYA on 13th Nov.
Foundation stone of our Orphanage- SNEHALAYA.
Foundation of Our SNEHALAYA and our volunteers.
Since beginning in 1998, in spite of many hassles and teething problems
with very limited resources without any support from local or central
government, the charity has brought the work to this stage providing for
poor, disabled, destitute and the underprivileged of the Gwalior and Chambal
region in Central India.
223249 patients have been benefited with consultations, investigations,
operations and treatment facilities inclusive of 64759 this year. With
addition of another floor last year, the hospital; has been providing
services to the mothers and children with ICU facilities and additional
operation theatre and delivery room. Our OPD is open to anyone for free,
manned by specialists in all disciplines. Other services are provided
for free to poor, disabled, destitute and for nominal charges to others.
Our Hospital and facilities as in year 2004.
Mother with child in hospital undergoing reatment.
We are obliged for help by Dr. B. Misra from USA, one of GRMC alumni
from Gwalior, to provide funds for another general ward in the maternity
wing to provide hospitalisation care for poor people in the community.
The ward has been named as Dr. Anand Swaroop Misra memorial general
ward in the memory of his late father.
Mother with child in hospital undergoing reatment.
Dr.Anand Swaroop Memorial General ward.
However demands are much more than our limited resources and funds available
to provide these services. We wish that we should not refuse anyone for
appropriate treatment for financial reasons, but sometimes we have to
take hard decisions due to lack of funds. Our Trauma team & ambulances
continue to provide emergency services 24 hrs / day throughout the year.
We are hoping to build another floor to bring up a stroke centre with
physiotherapy and rehabilitation facilities as our next target.
372 volunteer experts including doctors, teachers, nurses, technicians
etc. from UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, and
UAE have visited and participated in our programme to help train our staff
and provide services to the community. Many medical students from Australia,
Canada and UK also joined us to gain valuable work experience and helped
us by fundraising and publicising the needs and work.
Our volunteers Bonny and Vicky with happy
children in Mercy home now.
Our volunteer Paediatrician Dr. David Green
with patients in GCHC.
Dr. Ranjana Sharma, Emma Callander, Ann Speed, Rajashree, Cathy, Lara,
Bonny Squair, Vicky Sleet, Darshana Patel, Sarah, Hannah, Priya Desai,
Joanne, Adam and Thomas Whitefield are few of the many, who have made
all the difference to bring up this work this year.
MOBILE HOSPITAL, SLUMS AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT WORK
Our mobile hospital continues to provide health education, vaccinations
and other services in slums and rural areas. 492 medical camps have been
organised in slums and remote villages in addition to 15 regular rural
health centres at Nonera, Jaurasi, Billowa, Nagor, Kalyani, Kothi, Neem
Chandoba, Maucha, Banwar, Rudrapura, Susera Kothi, Pratap Singh Ka Pura,
Beerpura, Gajipura and Ginawali.
Gwalior mobile hospital- A real hospital on wheels.
Our doctors working in remote village.
Our Real Hospital on Wheels is ready and functional, but unfortunately
for lack of funds, we could not make it work to full extent as envisaged.
We need to have funds to engage full team to provide virtual hospital
services at doorsteps to the poor in slums and villages, which we do not
Mobile Hospital at work
Mobile Hospital at work
Further, local road conditions do not allow us to visit some of such
remote areas with these facilities. We are still waiting for funding from
GRMC alumni in USA as promised causing further delay in organising this
work. At present within our limited sources, we are providing these services
twice a week. With your help, we are hoping to organise this work to provide
such services as planned for 20 to 25 days a month, each day in a different
remote area soon.
Our eye centre continues to work aiming at prevention of blindness
and saving sights. Dr. Marathe left us this year; however Dr. Abha Shukla
has taken over and expanded these services. So far 11749 persons have
been provided services through the centres, including 54 eye camps. 437
IOL operations have been carried out giving sight to these people. There
is lot of scope to improve upon this work, but again lack of funds restricts
us to use our potential to full extent. Our requests for help from Helpage,
Sight Savers and other such big organisation still remain under consideration,
but we continue to work as much as we can, within our limited resources.
Dr. Sharma thanks the Society for prevention
Dr. Sharma receiving the plaque for Gwalior
Childrens Hospital charity.
On 31st Oct. Dr. Sharma was invited as Guest of honour at the annual
meeting of the Prevention of Blindness Society. He was presented with
plaque and certificate to recognise the work of these charities towards
prevention of blindness in these areas.
Hospice, Schools and Orphanages
981 children in various schools and orphanages continue to be supported
by these charities. Adhar and Sunrise schools continue as main stream
schools with special needs group providing education to 182 children.
We are supporting children in schools and orphanages for blind (Boys and
Girls), deaf & dumb children, Roshani (School for spastic children),
Kedarpur School for tribal children, orphanage for homeless girls, Mother
Teresas home for sick girls, Amar Jyoti (School for physically handicapped)
and other children in slums and on street. We continue with support for
educational needs and provide all health care needs to these children
through our hospital. Our volunteers continue to work and care for the
children in these places. Many of such children in these Orphanages are
sponsored by us for their total care and all expenses.
Our little angel, Radha
School and orphanage for blind children.
Our volunteers continue to work for children in Mercy Home, in spite
of all the hurdles and harassment, at the hands of the local government
staff due to their negative attitudes. We have provided additional clothes,
toys, and bed linen, milk, play & dining facilities with more carers
to make it better for the children there. Our request for handover of
total management has not come through and on that front it looks we are
hitting our heads against a brick wall. We were successful in shifting
14 girls from Mercy Home to Mother Teresa Home, Deepak and Rakesh have
been shifted to Vivekanand Ashram to give them home, education and care
with our sponsorship. As you know, we had to take Radha with ourselves
as an emergency situation initiating the hospice for children with HIV.
Radha continues to live happily with us as our family member, getting
education and care like any other normal child with ongoing treatment
and maintenance regime.
Children and our volunteers at Mercy Home
in play room.
Our volunteer Victoria Sleet with two children
in the orphanage.
Looking into all our problems in spite of our limitations, we have taken
a bold decision and are going ahead with building work to establish our
own orphanage, Snehalaya the home with love with a
school and vocational training centre for disabled street children aiming
to provide them a life with love, an opportunity to become independent
and lead life with dignity and self esteem. We request all of you to help
us as much as possible to complete this work and we are sure that we can
do it with your support.
Merit Scholarships, Poor Students Fund, Overseas Education and
Miss Namrata Gaikwad and Mr. Sandeep Singh Atwal were awarded with Dr.
V. N. Sehgal and Dr. B. K. Sharmas Merit Scholarships for standing
1st and 2nd in First Professional examination held in the year 2003 at
GRMC, Gwalior with aims to encourage all students for studies and become
disciplined good citizens of India, as these are the pillars for our future.
Namrata Gaikwad and Sandeep Atwal receiving
Dr. V.N.Sehgal's and Dr. B.K.Sharma's scholarships.
Our volunteers with recepients of merit scholarships
and chief guest on 13th Nov. 04.
We shall support poor students with books, travel subsidiaries and scholarships
for research and studies through established poor students fund. We continue
to guide, advice and help to undertake training and education to Indian
Students in UK, USA and Australia. We have supported 43 students so far
under this programme.
Our colleagues, volunteers and supporters continue to help us in fundraising
by organising various activities. Special names to mention for this year
are Darshana Patel and Priya Desai from UCL, London, Michael Binnei from
Surrey, Jacky Marsh, Stephanie Wolfe-Murray, Bonny Squair, Charles Drace-Francis
from Edinburgh, Tony Sinclair from Glasgow, Sarah Hannah and Joanna from
Leeds, Jamie Campbell and Thomas Whitfield from Cardiff, Mary-Louise Bush
with other staff and pupils of Judgemeadow School from Leicester and many
more. We were touched when Patricia Pawar asked all friends and relatives
to donate to GCHC in lieu of flowers for her late husband Dr, Pratap Pawar,
who had been a volunteer and supporter since the very beginning. Marion
Ayling asked all guests attending her wedding to donate to GCHC rather
than bringing gifts insisting that all gifts if brought will be put for
auction to raise funds to help us. We wish that everyone takes a lead
from these to help the poor and needy rather than wasting money in meaningless
Charity walk by pupils of Judgemeadow Community
The Edinburgh Academy, one of the most prestigious schools in Edinburgh
(UK) selected our charity as Charity of the Year out of many
applicants. We are obliged to Jacky Marsh, the charity committee in-charge
who organised many fund raising activities throughout the year, raising
funds for the orphanage work with the help and support of all staff members,
pupils and parents. We shall continue to develop this relationship to
promote students exchange programme and we are expecting many volunteers
among A- level students and staff members from there to work with us at
The charity celebrated its third volunteers day on 26th June 04
at Telford. The annual raffle draw was held on the day at the hands of
our chief guest Mr. S.S. Butalia, Deputy Consul General of India, in presence
of our patron Rev. Bradley, volunteers and supporters. Mr. G. S. tamber
won the first prize of £250 and Mr. Rod brown won the second prize
of £100, but to our delight, both donated this money to the charity.
Michael Binnie, our fundraiser of the year 2003, presented the Honour
with certificate of appreciation for Fundraiser of the year 2004 to Mrs.
Stephanie Wolfe-Murray. Dr. Ranjana Sharma, Emma Callander, Darshana Patel,
Priya Desai, Andrew Whitwood and Dr. Pratap Pawar received the certificates
for their outstanding volunteering and fundraising work at the hands of
our patron and chief guest. We are much obliged to Lynda and George McShane,
Preritha Desikan, Madeleine Holland, Dorothy, members of Telford band,
Jack Ashley and others for such a memorable evening and raising funds
for the Hospice for children with HIV.
Volunteers day - Raffle draw at the hands
of Mr.S.s.butalia, deputy Counsel General of India in UK.
Bonny Squair, Anne Goring, Charles, Vicky organised Christmas Ball on
9th Dec 2004 at Assembly Halls in Edinburgh with help and support of our
friends in Scotland. It turned out to be a fabulous evening with tasty
food, entertainment, music and dance and also successful in raising much
needed funds for the orphanage. We are hoping to make it a regular event
every year in future. Madeleine Holland has launched the Buy a brick
appeal for the Orphanage on 18th Dec. celebrating Christmas with
music and entertainment at The Green Man in Birmingham with help of Debbie
Hays and support of our friends there.
Honours and Awards-
Emma Callander, Michael Binnie, Edward and Amanda Nelson were honoured
by Walsall Volunteering Bureau recognising their efforts and hard work
for GCHC. Dr. B. K. Sharma, founder of these charities was honoured with
Volunteer of the Year Award by Volunteering Bureau and National Volunteering
Council in UK for his work.
Mr. Michael Binnie on his Narmada River
charity walk of 800 miles, our
of the year.
Prof. B.Shukla, our honorary director.
Congratulations to our honorary Director in India, Prof. B. Shukla, who
has been elected as President of the Ocular Trauma Society of India and
awarded with the Air Marshall Dr. S. Boparai award and Sir Shreeram Memorial
Award for the year 2004, recognising his work and contributions to ophthalmic
services in India. We are proud to have a person of his stature associated
Mrs. Madeleine Holland, our advisor has been honoured with Mayors
Good Citizen award for year 2004, the Top Civic award of the year.
She got selected out of 98 contenders recognising her outstanding exemplary
work for the people in Walsall, through various charities including GCHC.
Madeleine Holland and Dr. B.K.Sharma with
Mayor's Good Citizen's
award for year 2004 with hosts Mayor Mike Bird and BBC presenter
Our volunteer representative in Australia and editor of our news letter
Healing Hands, Ian Foster has been honoured as the Volunteer
of the Year Award by United Nations Volunteers Online, for his
work for GCHC. Our two online UN volunteers have been highly commended
for their work for GCHC. Mr. Robin Prentice for designing and maintenance
of our website, www.helpchildrenofindia.org.uk and Mr. Lewis Smiler
of USA for publishing our newsletter Healing Hands online
and maintaining the same
We need to continue with fundraising activities more frequently to achieve
our targets with involvement of more volunteers. We need all the help
to publicise the needs and work of these charities and more volunteers
with various skills to train our staff, trainees and students in India
as well to provide services to the community as per their expertise in
their chosen disciplines. We badly need funds to maintain and continue
existing services (£5000/- pm) as well as expand to include the
We are extremely grateful to all our supporters, volunteers and all the
donors towards helping us to achieve what has already been achieved. We
hope for your continued support and commitment to continue with this work.
We look for your extended help to complete the unfinished work and expand
Please "donate" now.