Jul 15, 2020

From Death to New Life

Artificial Leg
Artificial Leg

Hello from India, I am Jyotsna, living in Ahmedabad,  Gujarat. I had a very beautiful family life, husband and two children. I was so happy, but suddenly the life was completely changed. I could not forget that day and that accident. It was very painful to describe even. But, my family make me strong enough to live with that accident, and it has become a part of life. I was travelling with family in Indian Railways one day. We had a very good time in the joruney. I slilpped down while getting off from the train, and my both lower limbs were crushed under train wheels. I was unconscious, taken to the hospital.  When I regained consciousness, I found out that both my legs had been amputated. I was in deep grief, and shock. I thought many times to commit suicide, as I was not able to perform any household work, dependent on others, and had fear in mind that I would not be able to stand and walk again.  But my family, friends and relatives always supported me, encouraged me. One day, we came to know about Blind People's Association and their services for artificial limbs. We  met the concerned official,  and took their guidance. They were so warmful, and helping. I also told them our financial constraint, they assured me that they would give me high quality artificial limb with the support of donors. They did the measurement and proper assessment, and told me they would call me once they find a donor who would sponsor my artificial limb. Then, there was Covid19 Pandemic, and lockdown. I was scared, lost the hope that I would get my artificial leg, I could stand and walk again. But, as there was unlocking declared, the Official of BPA gave me very good news that they found a donor and agreed to sponsor my artificial legs. I was so happy, and felt heartfelt gratitude of Donors who has not given me a leg, but new life with full of confidence, joy. I thank Donors, and Blind People's Association for their support. 

We request you to help us to reachout more people like Jyotsna who have been waiting for their articial limbs, hearing aids, Smart Cane, and other assistive devices that enable and empower them.

 

Thanking you

 

With Best Wishes

Artificial limbs
Artificial limbs
Amputee leg
Amputee leg
Jun 25, 2020

Covid19- Children with Disabilities & Relief Work

Appeal by Teachers and Students Stay Home
Appeal by Teachers and Students Stay Home

Dear donors and well-wishers, Hope all of you are healthy and safe in the severe state of Kovid 19 Pandamic. We have been under the lockdown for last many days. We believe that this difficult time will soon pass and the beautiful morning will come again. The plight of the poor disabled children and their families in this lockdown situation has become very dire. But with the help of donors like you, we were able to provide relief materials and services to such a poor and needy families of children with disabilities. We would like to share with you the experience of a mother of children with disability having in this lock down situation. Razia is the mother of a 14-year-young beautiful daughter. Her daughter Zainab has intellectual impairment due to late birth crying. Razia lives in Ahmedabad with her husband and 3 other children. Razia's husband is daily wage earner, and the family lives hand to mouth condition. Zainab also has many behavioral issues. She was also often violent. She was taken to the school of Blind People’s Association for proper treatment and training. There she got a lot of improvement in her behavior by proper intervention, treatment, medicine, and training. We were very comfortable and happy with this development. The imposed lockdown has made us to remain locked in the house. She was confined in the home for very long days. Therefore, she got very irritated, and her mental condition worsened day by day. One day she was so violent that the door of the house was broken down. We were very scared to see her aggression, and violent. This kind of commotion was happening every day, even our neighbors were fed up with such incidences. We had no idea where to go in this lockdown situation. We spoke to her teacher on the phone and explained the whole incident in detail. Her teacher spoke to Zainab the next day via video call. She was very happy to see her teacher and started working as per her teacher's suggestion. Her teacher talked to a psychiatrist and arranged for her medicines for her at home. Her teacher sent her a video instructing her on what to do, and after watching the video, she began to help out at home. We are very thankful to the team of Blind People’s Association and their donors who provided us Ration Kits for two months. The following activities were undertaken in this lock down situation by the project team. Due to the serious impact of Kovid 19 Korona Pandemic, the lock Down was given by the Government of India. The situation of this lockdown became very miserable for the persons with disabilities. The following projects were started by the organization with the aim of helping persons with disabilities, their families and other sections of the society in this pandemic condition. 1. Community Mask Project: The Community Mask Project was a new initiative by the organization. The purpose of the project was to provide employment to women with disabilities and other poor women, as well as to provide free masks to the people. To date, the organization has produced and distributed over 90,000 masks. The masks were distributed to laborers, shopkeepers, police, and other members of the public. More than 20 women have found employment through this program, and the organization aims to distribute 2 lakh masks. 2. Stop Hunger: Helping Hands Project: People with disabilities have to face the most hardships in this Lock Down situation. His life depended on his daily income; the sudden closure of the business made it difficult for him to get even a one-time meal. The organization launched the Stop Hunger-Helping Hands Kit project to help persons with disabilities and their families in such dire circumstances. Under this project, ration kits are given to the family of a person with disability. This ration kit is made of wheat flour, rice, tur dal, sugar, oil, 2 masks, sanitizer, and soap. So far, the organization has distributed ration kits to more than 14000 persons with disabilities in more than 500 villages in 14 districts of Gujarat. The organization aims to provide this ration kit to more than 20000 families. For this project, the organization has received very generous cooperation from donors, local organizations, and volunteers. BPA is looking forward to receive support for this project from Corporates, Individual Donors, National and International Organization. We also plan to distribute these kits in Jodhpur District of Rajasthan. 3. Engagement and Education of Children with Disability in Lock Down Situation. In this epidemic situation, children with disabilities could not come for education, training, and rehabilitation facilities. An online training program has been launched to enable these children with disabilities to avail these facilities at home. Specialist teachers provide continuous guidance to parents and guardians of children with disabilities by planning what kind of education and training can be given to children with disabilities at home. Parents are also given online guidance on the behavioral problems of children with disabilities. More counseling services are also being offered. Based on this guidance, the parents make a video of the activity of the children with disabilities at home and send it to the teacher. Based on this guidance, parents make videos of the activities of children with disabilities at home and send them to the teacher. The video is analyzed by the teacher, then the teacher gives the parents Further Instructions and Guidance. The video collection is uploaded on BPA’s YouTube channel so that other parents, special educators and other professionals can benefit from this video. The channel details are as given below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb5eFqcMl7UjGs23hrWEjRQ/

Ration Kit
Ration Kit
Stop Hunger Spread Smile
Stop Hunger Spread Smile
Helping Hands
Helping Hands

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Mar 26, 2020

Hope never Dies.

Eye Check up
Eye Check up
Dear Donor, Well Wishers,
Greetings from BPA!!
We wish and pray for your wellbeingness. We know this is very tough time for all of us. The world has never seen a Catastrophe of this extent like the present coronavirus effect. Life has come to a standstill, the state is in lockdown, people's lives are totally turned over. The marginalized, the poor, people with disabilities and the aged are the most vulnerable and  the group to suffer the most in the present circumstances. 
In this tough and difficult situation, we have continued to provide best quality eye care services to poor people hence their vision can be restored. The hospital team did outreach camps, diagnosed around 10000 people having eye related problems, 1700 catract surgiers have been performed free of cost in last three months. We  have started caratoplasty surgery at free of cost or with minimal charges in our hospital, In last three months, we were able to conduct 18 free caratoplasty surgery free of cost, and 06 surgeries were conducted with mininal charges of IRs 20000 (This surgery cost in the private hospital is around 1,50,000 INRs to 2,00,000). 
I am happy to story of Madhuben. She  is very poor lady and having extremely difficult life. She is a landless laborer. She doesn’t even own a kuccha house, she lives in a small hut. She has a family of 6. she and her husband both work as daily wage workers.  Her husband is drunker, and spends his earnings on alchohol, he also abused her physically. Whenever she told her husband about her vision problem, he abused her and crushed to become blind. She stopped working due to her vision problem.
One day, there was a camp in her village, her neighbour took her to the camp. She was diagnosed having catract, and operation was needed to be done immediately. She was taken to the hospital, and surgery was performed without any charges. The recovery of eye sight was good, and she was also helped to set up small business outside of her home. She is very happy now. 
We have also launched school eye health care program in Ahmedabad district. The free eye check up each student is done, and they are provided free glasses. The eye health has become major issue among school students due to extensive use of mobiles and TV. The hospital team also creates awarness among the school students. 
With your support, and constant encouragment, we are able to expand our hospital servcies in Gujarat. We have been offered free land for new hospital building at Vatrak in Gujarat. The total project of new hospital complext is around 2,00,00,000 INRs. (29,000,00$).
In the amid threat of corona virus, the people find difficult to get masks for self protection, the prices is also highly inflated in the market. The poor people can not afford mask, and risking their life. BPA has initated Mask Project to provide mask to poor and needy people without any charges. The masks are stitched by the poor, disabled people and are given them employment. More than 18000 masks have already been distributed. 
As we all know that this 21 days lockdown will affect the poorest of the poor and  live hand to mouth existence. We are very worried about how they will be managing in the lockdown and in the aftermath when the economy takes a hit.  We appeal to all donors and good human beings to help us to help these people to survive.  After the lock down  and also during the lockdown we will be reaching out and giving support like grains kit for one month to 1000 poor and disabled people. After the lockdown we will help these people for financial help to reset up their businesses and we look forward to your help in this regard. 
We wish and pray for your safety and wellbeings. 
Thanking you for your generous support. 


 
Use of New High Tech machine for Caretoplasty
Use of New High Tech machine for Caretoplasty
School Eye Health Program
School Eye Health Program
Vatrak Eye Hospital Stone Breaking Event
Vatrak Eye Hospital Stone Breaking Event
Mask Production at BPA
Mask Production at BPA
News Coverage
News Coverage

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