Rev John Bradley's Orphanage Appeal for Disabled Street Children in India
The scene was a busy road junction in New Delhi, getting on for midnight. I was in a taxi, heading for the airport. The traffic lights had stopped all traffic. In the empty intersection something like an enormous spider began to make its way across the road. Only it wasn't a spider. It was a small child, perhaps ten or younger. He (or she, it was impossible to say) was grotesquely disabled. Limbs stuck out at improbable angles. Unable to stand, the child was walking on hands and feet. The lights changed, and in a moment the traffic was swirling all round the little scrap of humanity.
Thousands of children in India are destitute. A lot of them need medical attention. Many are living as best they can on the streets. The need is great, but there are signs of hope. One of them is in Gwalior, a city of about a million, some 200 miles south of Delhi.
The Gwalior Children's Hospital was opened in 1998 to provide for the poor and needy children of the area. It was the brainchild of Dr B K Sharma, a Paediatric Surgeon from India working with NHS in Midlands in U.K. He and his wife, who is an anaesthetist, have given generously of their income and encouraged others to do the same, to establish the children's hospital in his home town. It is more than a childrens hospital. It provides clinics and medical care free of charge for the poorest of the poor in Gwalior, its slums, rural and remote areas through its rural health centres and mobile clinics too. This charity also runs a school for special need for needy children. It is a beacon of light in a sometimes dark landscape.
The urgent need now is to establish an orphanage with a rehabilitation and training centre for street children. An appeal has been launched (under my name as Patron) in the national press and I invite your support. I have seen for myself the difference we can make. You can be sure that every pound will be put to good use. Your pound can do far more in India than in the UK. For example, just £10 a month will provide shelter, food, education and health care for a child in need. Gift Aid will enable the Charity to reclaim tax on your donation.
GWALIOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL ORPHANAGE APPEAL
Registered Charity No. 1063694
I enclose £.................................to help these orphaned
and disabled children.
GIFT AID: I would like the Gwalior Children's Hospital to reclaim the
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