ENT & JAIPUR FOOT CAMPS
Samparc Balgram
Shelpimple Gaon, Chakan, Maharashtra
14th– 16th December 2018

This year, the camp was held at Samparc’s Shelpimple Goan Centre. It is a tedious four-hour drive from Bombay, with bad patches of road. But there were many needy in the heart of Maharashtra, who required medical aid.

The surprising number of villagers that turned up even at the inauguration, gave us an inkling of the deluge of patients we would treat over three days.

Dr & Mrs Golecha, our ENT specialists set up their clinic inside a room in the Balgram. The alongside hall was packed with patients waiting their turn. Wearing his headlight on his forehead, the doctor removed wads of wax, pumped and passed a tube to clear congestion, and prescribed hearing aids to the needy. Mrs Golecha tutored them on the use and care of this compact machine, neatly packed in a leather case. Antibiotics and vitamins were also distributed as required.

The Jaipur Foot unit was equally busy. A daily wages construction worker with his leg smashed by a boulder, stood upright again, beaming with happiness after getting a new limb. Several Cerebral Palsy patients came to us, some literally crawling on all fours, because they could never walk. The motor nerves in their brain were damaged. Wheel Chairs and crutches or walkers were donated to them. No one was turned away empty handed. Till the last day, the technicians were busy taking measurements and crafting the limbs as per individual size. Snacks and meals were served on all days to those present.

The Charity team found time after camp, to visit the famous Alandi temple dedicated to Vithal (Vishnuji). All Maharashtrians must stop here before going to Pandarpur, their biggest pilgrimage.

Enclosed is a letter from a social worker Kailas, who visited us at camp, having heard of it from the local corporators. Kailas is a farmer’s son from Mulshi district. He had studied in Italy for 6 years and came back, hoping to help create a better India. He wrote back:

“Hi mam! This is Kailas, a research student from Vikas Anvesh Foundation researching on PWD toilets and hygiene. I was fortunate to get to know of your work and meet your team today at the camp. Thank you for providing me information which is certainly life changing for every person in rural Maharashtra. All the best wishes with in this wonderful social service you are doing! And I hope Ruchika Club will have many opportunities to serve more people in the future!” 😀

THIS is what will remain with us, along with the gratitude and happiness on the faces of the patients who came.


 

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EYE CAMP
Phoenix Towers Parking Lot, Lower Parel
18/19/20th Jan 2019

Having sight but no clear vision, is worse than being blind.
A clear vision gives us a feeling of confidence and personal power.

The Club occupied 5 large kiosks in the Eye Camp held in liaison with Queen City Rotary. A total of 2152 patients were treated over 3 days. 52 patients were registered for cataract surgery in the following weeks.

Some interesting stories of patients who came to us in the course of the 3-day camp –
a) An aged lady came to our counter, hands folded in gratitude, her sight restored by the free spectacles she just received. Her son was a cobbler with no official license. Getting her reading glasses at no charge, was a boon for her. She was reluctant to have her photo taken because she had not worn her false teeth! Goes to show how a woman’s vanity never ceases, whatever her age or circumstances.

b) The middle-aged man who came in his tricycle said he had got his wheels at our Jaipur Foot Camp. He earned his livelihood by putting up a weighing scale on Worli Sea Face. Since the footpath there was being restored, he was presently idle.

c) Three ladies black burkhas, beamed with happiness wearing their new spectacles. They could see so much better now! All of them were neighbors in the adjoining Worli slums, where they had read the promotional posters about this medical camp.

There were many such unfortunates who knocked on our door.
Many of them came back to thank us and share their backgrounds with us.
They happily took the bananas and biscuit packets laid out for them on our table, savouring the sweetness of the food and their improved vision.

‘We Rise by Lifting Others’ is the anthem at this camp and all the Ruchikas lived up to this.


 

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