Achievements in 2005
We would like to thank you all for your support during 2005, helping us to bring the work to this stage. We are happy to inform that we have been able to start the dental centre to our existing facilities, which was opened on 25th Jan. 06 at the hands of Mayor of Gwalior in presence of many volunteers and local dignitaries including Dr. Neil Sikka, the dentist from London who has contributed with majority of required funds as sponsor and instrumental to initiate these services. Now physiotherapy and pain management centre has been added too since 8th March 06.
More than 350000 people have been benefitted with this work of the charity in India so far and we continue to provide for more as much we can with your support through Gwalior childrens and General hospital, eye centre, 14 rural health centres, mobile hospital and hospice. 680 people had eye operations gaining sight through our eye centre. 486 volunteers from abroad have worked with us at Gwalior providing their expertise and services to the community there through our facilities.
Sunrise school caters for 77 children including special need group in the school premises and for another 118 children under outreach programme. We continue to provide support to 984 children in other schools and Orphanages esp. those in Kedarpur school, Adhar school, Mercy Home, Mother Teressa Home, Orphanage for homeless girls, School and Orphanages for blind girls and boys, deaf and dumb children, Roshani, Vivekanand Ashram.
Our mobile hospital “The real hospital on wheels” played a significant role in the Tsunami affected areas in South India providing medical care and counselling services for more than three months. Though these services were still very much required, but we had to wothdraw for lack of funds and could not afford to continue there any more. Hence our mobile hospital returned to Gwalior on 17th April 05. Our request for grants from big organisations fell on deaf ears. Please see our blog for more details of our work and plans for the Tsunami victims in India http://helpchildrenofindia.blogspot.com but that will become possible only if we can get funding required for this work as planned. However we shall continue to participate in rehabilitation programme in those areas as much we can and more if some funds become available with local friends in the region and shift the Orphan children to Snehalaya if permitted.
The construction of facilities at our new care home “Snehalaya”, Hindi for ’The Home With Love’, are progressing though delayed for its expected completion by March for reasons beyond our control. It will include a school for children with special needs, vocational training and occupational therapy facilities, together with a rural health centre. These facilities will also be available to children from the nearby villages and local community in the region. Now with completion of first phase it is hoped to open in middle of this year with residential care facilities for 50 children with its inauguration on 23rd Aug. 06 to coincide with the anniversary of Dr. Meena Sharma (RIP), who has provided for taking this work forward even after her death through Dr. Meena Sharma Memorial Foundation. However we shall continue with further expansion to make it a facility for 200 children as planned for stage 2. To complete this work our “Sponsor a brick appeal” continues, whereby £5 or $10 or equivalent in any currency pays for one brick with your name on it. £1500 or $3000 will pay for a room and £5000 or $10000 will provide for a house to accommodate 10 children with the name of your choice as its sponsor. You can pay on line now towards sponsor a brick appeal.
We are very much obliged for all your support, but the needs are much more now: we are moving on and asking for your support to provide for the children who will live at Snehalaya. For once just one thousand pounds sterling (or US$2000); a child can be provided with shelter, education, food and health care, and taken care of to the best that we can provide. Ten pounds—or US $20 a month—or its equivalent in any currency, provides the same support or it will give sight to a blind person in India. All donations are used for the respective work of the charity as per preferences of the donor. We believe—and you will surely agree—that this is not a large amount, and every one of us can spare that without much hardship. Yet it can give a child a new life. You can donate online now by going onto our donation page (please put the required links here). Donations as gift aid by tax payers in UK will increase the amounts nearly by third and such donors can reclaim 18% of tax from Inland Revenue if they are higher rate tax payers in UK. Every donor is issued a receipt for their tax deductible donations for IR purposes as per rules of the country you live in. Why not do this today, before it slips your mind? You can be sure that whatever amount you send—large or small— will be fully devoted to supporting this work only. Unlike numerous other organizations, administration costs of Gwalior Childrens Hospital are met by the founder and the generosity of individual members of the board. This means that one hundred percent of your donation goes towards supporting the health, education, and welfare of the homeless and disadvantaged in India.
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