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A Non Profit Non Government Organisation with Tax Exempt Status with Tax Benefits to the Donors in U.S.A., U.K., and India.
Gwalior Children's Hospital is a registered charity in U.K., working
in association with Gwalior Hospital & Education Charitable trust
and Gwalior Health & Education Society (registered charities in India)
established to help and provide for poor, disabled, destitute, vulnerable
and underprivileged people especially children, women and old of the Gwalior
and Chambal region, one of the most deprived regions in India. Gwalior
is one of the most backward and poverty stricken regions in Central India.
Gwalior has been famous for its Dacoits and Chambal Ravines that have
been characterised by the exploitation of the lower strata of society.
Within a population of 11 million (1.5 million urban and 9.5 million rural)
there are 6 million children, 90,000 being disabled and mostly abandoned
even by their parents having to survive briefly by begging and scavenging.
The charity is the inspiration of such a child of Gwalior, who was fortunate enough to have come out of Gwalior and achieve things in the Western World...
These charities have been working in Gwalior and adjacent chambal region, its slums, rural and remote areas for last five years through its hospital facilities gradually expanding to include the Hospital for Children and Women, the Ophthalmic centre, the general hospital, the mobile hospital "A real hospital on Wheels" and 14 rural health centres. The hospital is purpose built and is equipped with state of art facilities for neonatal care and childcare in addition to other facilities. A free OPD manned by specialists in various fields is run daily. Investigations, hospitalisation and operations are provided at minimum basic costs to meet the expenses to everyone attending. The poor, disabled and destitute children are provided all these facilities absolutely free of any charges. Other poor people are provided these services with discounts of even the basic costs as much as possible. We will not like to refuse any poor person for free treatment, but sometimes hard decisions are taken to for lack of funds, though we try with our maximum efforts within our limited resources. The hospital provides emergency services with ambulance facilities 24 hrs. a day, 365 days a year. The hospital has been recognised by the Gwalior administration and Police department appreciating emergency and trauma services provided by this hospital. The hospital's eye centre and its Ophthalmic services have been recognised by The Society for prevention of blindness and Help Age in India for the work towards prevention of blindness and saving sights.
Specialised medical camps and eye camps are organised in slums and remote villages with emphasis on health education for prevention and early diagnosis, to create health awareness, to provide consultations, advise, treatment and operations by specialists for these poor people there at their door steps. Volunteers from U.K., U.S.A., U.A.E., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium have worked there to help train our local staff and students and provided their services to the community with their expertise in the respective disciplines. Many students and trainees from these countries have gained valuable work and life experience too, much different than that what they are used to.
Sunrise International School (a main stream school with special needs group) initiated in year 2001, is providing education to such children with aims to establish the Orphanage with facilities for vocational training and rehabilitation to such disabled and destitute children to help make them independent and able to lead their life with self esteem and dignity.
We have initiated the building of our own Orphanage. The foundation stone for the Orphanage, "SNEHALAYA-the home with love" with a proposed school and vocational training centre was laid on 13th Nov. 04 at the hands of Mr. Narayan Singh Kushwah, the minister for Social Welfare, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, India in presence of Dr.B.K.Sharma, our founder trustee, other trustees, advisors, guests and supporters including 15 volunteers from Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia, U.S.A. and Switzerland.
The entire facility has been established without any financial support from the government of India or any other local sources. Dr. Sharma has invested from his own resources. So far, the hospital is doing a fine job, but Drs. Sharma have been providing £2000 every month from their own resources. However, now the charity is struggling and finding it very difficult to meet the operation, maintenance costs for the ongoing facilities and services. We request and appeal for your help and donations, however small it may be.
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