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By means of the mobility and hearing aids project, Ratna Nidhi Charitable trust aims to bequeath a new life to each of those who have been deprived of the basic privileges of mobility and hearing for most of their lives. With the gift of mobility, these people develop self confidence, have the abilities to lead near-normal lives and have the potential to become contributing members of their society instead of being a burden on it.
We have been one of the pioneers in organizing mobility camps having earlier worked in the Himalayan mountainous regions of Leh, Kargil, Srinagar, and Dharamsala, in the strategically located border areas of Rajouri and Poonch over and above the major camps in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and many more places across India and developing nations abroad. We have also set up permanent centres to aid the disabled in Mumbai.
Till date, we have been able to reach out to an astounding figure of more than 2,57,336 challenged individuals. The camp at Palitana, Gujarat in 2009-10 was the largest of its kind giving a new lease of life to 28549 poorest of the poor disabled of Bhavnagar and adjoining districts. The camp was inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi and, was graced by the presence of His Holiness, The Dalai lama.
These mobility camps provide various aids to support their mobility/audio receptivity. Children/youth affected by polio will be given calipers to support their limbs. Amputees will be benefitted with Jaipur foot prosthetics. Tricycles, wheelchairs and crutches will also be distributed on a need based assessment. People with hearing impairment will be given hearing aids in order to improve their audio receptivity.
We have a fleet of custom-built Mobile Orthopaedic Hospital Vans as well as a special van for those with a hearing loss. These are fully equipped and manned by teams of trained and experienced personnel who fabricate prosthetics within a matter of hours so that a patient who enters the camp with the support from a family member in the morning, walks out independently by early evening.