Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids

by Purkal Youth Development Society
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Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids
Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids
Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids
Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids
Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids
Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids
Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids
Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids
Provide Blanket Health Care to 510 Destitute Kids

Divyansh’s family is native to Bharatwala, Bisht Gaon. His mother Poonam works with our sister concern, Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti, and is the sole earning member of her family. Her husband Vikas used to drive a loader when he was younger. However, he got into the bad habit of drinking and sold the vehicle. He now works as casual labour and spends his irregular wages on his addiction and therefore doesn’t support the family in any manner. The family of seven resides in a humble kuchcha house of two small rooms. Their belongings are minimal and their meals cooked using firewood. Their lifestyle indicates living standards assessed as below lower middle class.

Divyansh is one of our good students of class 3 and has been with us for 5 years, from his early days in ECLC. A few comments from his teacher in the last class report are as follows:

  • “We are very happy and quite surprised to see the improvement shown in his studies”
  • “In English, he is able to read simple/complex passages fluently with speed”
  • “He tries his best to solve Mathematics questions mentally”
  • “He loves singing Punjabi songs and takes interest in dance classes”
  • “He is one of the best sportspersons in his class”

Divyansh recently underwent pyeloplasty (surgical reconstruction of the renal pelvis). He had a congenital problem with his left kidney and about 70% had already been destroyed. Fortunately, they came to understand about it a month ago when he was travelling in our bus and suffered a minor injury. The doctor who examined the child identified the seriousness of the problem.

The surgery has gone off well and the left kidney can recover to the extent of about 10%. It will not be lost since it will not degenerate any further. We expect Divyansh to resume attending school soon.

If we had not interfered there was the risk of the left kidney having been completely lost. Due to the congenital nature of the problem there is still the risk of the right kidney also getting affected. We need to examine his progress annually through an ultrasound to make sure that the kidneys are in good shape. Taking onus for the healthcare needs of each beneficiary under our care.

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Medical Care

All the children are provided with medical care and we keep track of it through a proper health record. We maintain in a health booklet. A blood test was done for checking Haemoglobin and blood groups of all the new admissions.

Eye examinations were also conducted and corrections through spectacles done promptly. We are also strengthening our tie-ups with various doctors in the city so that children receive timely medical care and it is not very costly.

We also feel that there is a need to educate children about hygiene and cleanliness issue. We are actively working in this direction. Regular sessions are being conducted for educating children about brushing teeth and bathing regularly.

Children have also been advised to not exchange clothing in the hostel. We are also giving anti scab lotion to protect them from the spread of scabies. We are also providing deworming tablets.

Sanjana Kohli is also undergoing medical examination before she leaves to the United States as an exchange scholar.

We are grateful to your help for providing us this invaluable support.

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Hailing from an isolated village, Manisha is undaunted, generous and confident. She makes her teachers and the school proud with her perseverance and social skills. Manisha suffered from serious medical anomalies, she constantly complained of stomach aches but even after a lot of consultations with doctors, a proper diagnosis could not be made. It was finally confirmed to be a serious urinary tract infection (UTI). She was advised to drink a lot of water and avoid caffeine. She has some relief now after resorting to Homeopathic medication. 

Manisha’s living conditions are poor and unhygienic. For her to recover fully she needs clean wash rooms, healthy food and water. She was recently rushed to the Doon Hospital after she complained of stomach aches and constant vomiting. The doctors diagnosed food poisoning. She has now fully recovered but the pressure of a sick father, uncertainties due to lack of finances and the poorest of living conditions have made this bright and resolute child lag behind in her studies.

After intensive counselling by the School and proper medical care she is able to attend regularly and has been showing signs of improvement. Her parents have been trying to provide her the best care, limited to their capability. Poverty brings economic instability but should never come in the way of someone’s mental peace, their dreams and aspirations.

At PYDS, the attempt to provide blanket healthcare to all our beneficiaries is an ongoing effort. With support from you and the world around, we have been able to strengthen the bodies of many young children like Manisha. They are provided vaccines and frequently attend medical camps for eye-tests, blood-tests and more. Please support to keep this Mission going. Our little village establishment nurtures children of the world.

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Pooja is one those rescued from The Kedarnath disaster that occurred in June 2013. We took responsibility for her and she was skilled by Purkal Stree Shakti.

While working, she began to complain about severe lower back pain. We took her to a local physician- Dr. Manju Sachchan who advised her some medication and rest. Since this did not work, we took her to a paediatrician-Dr. Anju. This doctor concluded that what Pooja needed was pain reliving oil. Since this also did not work and severity of her pain was getting worse, we consulted Dr. Kamra who is well known urologist. He assured us that she was not having any kind of urological disorder and so we referred her to Dr. Johri, an orthopaedic surgeon. An X ray of her back and some medication and a further examination after 15 days yielded no relief, and so to Dr. Sumit S Mehta, a neuro surgeon at Sakya hospital Dehradun. Dr. Sumit advised MRI of spine and he diagnosed Anita with a spinal Tuberculosis category-2. He also directed her to go for a DOTS treatment.

This medical treatment was undertaken at Doon hospital, a government hospital. She will undergo this treatment for a further 9 months. She regularly visits the hospital and our Nurse has also now a DOT certificate that helps regular care. We believe she is now on her way to recovery.

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This is the time of the year when we think of all those who have been of great help to us. We certainly count you among them. Your help has been spontaneous, proactive and generous.

Our most important challenge at the Society is the resources to run the place and you have taken us into your fold with open arms. We are most grateful and thank you.

The School has been growing from strength to strength and our children are doing better all the time. It is very satisfying to watch children from extremely poor families aiming for the moon!

We had a great time on Christmas Day at School celebrating Christmas. The spirit of Giving and Thanksgiving was present. We had a Christmas Tree and lots of eating. Children contributed Rs. 20 each and made possible 50 blankets to keep as many women warm. They wrote letters of ‘Thank you’ to many who had made their lives fill with Hope. They experienced the true spirit of Christmas.

 I hope you also had a great time during this holiday season.

We wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year 2018. 

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Purkal Youth Development Society

Location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand - India
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Twitter: @pyds
Purkal Youth Development Society
G.K Swamy
Project Leader:
G.K Swamy
Dehradun, Uttarakhand India

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