On the 19th of April 2014 a Camp For the Disabled was organised at our permament center in Mahalaxmi Mumbai, 50 physically disabled were expected to come to the camp to benefit from Jaipur foots, Calipers, Wheelchairs, Crutches and Hearing Aids, to ensure a better living and to help them carry on their daily activities.
This particular Saturday camp was special because we invited some of the patients who have been rehabilitated in the past camps to come and share their experience of transformation, suggestions and ideas with the new patients, Ratna nidhi staff, the Rotarians and their wives.
It was amazing to see Master Abdul, a 6 years old kid who was born by a disability in both of his hind limbs, he has never experienced walking before, he was the center of attention of the whole camp, his unbelievable personality, sense of humor and peaceful smiling face captured the attention of everyone.
It was also nice to hear the experiences shared by few of the beneficiaries including Dr. Gulam Mohamed Chincholkar who got his Jaipur Foot made at our camp , Mrs. Maya, a house wife shared how Caliper has changed her life.
Rameshbhai Thakur, the chief technician of Ratna Nidhi detailed out the simple yet effective process for making a Jaipur foot within hours.
Rotary members of Worli club interacted with beneficiaries, understood how Jaipur Foot is made and used by Physically Challenged people. They also discussed regarding skill development of these beneficiaries and how they can then become employable in times to come.
For amputees, the Jaipur Foot is a boon and has been found to be the most preferred prosthetic as it is light in weight, fast & easy to fabricate and cost effective. Moreover, Physiotherapy techniques were taught post fitment of Jaipur foot to train the disabled to make use of the aids in an optimum manner.
Other than the Jaipur Foot procedures explained previously, Polio affected children were given Calipers as per their measurements to make them mobile and able to carry on with their day to day lives independently. Wheelchairs were mainly granted for the old and immobile who are unable to move on their own because of old age, paralysis or other diseases like cerebral palsy. For non critical disability cases, Crutches were given to the physically disabled children and the elderly help them to be mobile.
Concerning the Hearing impaired persons, they were given appropriate hearing aids. This simple device brings about a huge change in their lives.
Following is a statistical table about the number of beneficial that were handed mobility aids and hearing aids.