Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India

by Save Kids Trust
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India
Provide healthcare to 20,000 people in India

Dear Donors,                                                                                      

It has been an exciting quarter for Save Kids Trust (SKT) in Jaipur, India. Dr. Saini (SKT Executive Director) reports that Rajasthan has over 70% vaccination rate at this point and life is getting back to normal. This is not the same situation for other states in India where the vaccination rate is still too low.

Despite the special challenges in these recent months, Dr. Saini and SKT has kept all three clinics operating normally and have helped hundreds of people. Here are some notable stories from the last several months: An 8-year-old girl was able to get treatment for an infection that affected her hair growth. A young man who lives in a different state in India but learned about SKT from a friend, traveled to Jaipur to get a new artificial hand after his second hand became unusable. A sixty-year-old man needed help for hypertension but didn’t have money – SKT stepped in and he believes it saved his life. A ten-year-old boy had a bad head injury that needed attention immediately. SKT was able to stop the bleeding and stitch the wound. An 87-year-old widow woman, who registered with SKT seven years ago, came to the clinic with her original card to seek care. Dr. Saini and his team were proud to learn that she takes such good care of it. She said all her neighbors know where she keeps it in case they need to help her come to the clinic.

The fighting menstruation taboos clinics have been quite successful and have opened the door to many new opportunities to help young women.  Dr. Saini reports they have taught 6000 young women thus far this year and the lessons learned are helping him develop exciting new programs for 2022.

Your support during this year has allowed SKT to provide uninterrupted support to people whose lives have been completely disrupted by the pandemic – Thank you.

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Attendees of Menstruation Awareness Training
Attendees of Menstruation Awareness Training

It has been an extraordinarily tough couple of months in India due to the resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Save Kids Trust typically operates as a bridge to India’s public and private healthcare system for treatment of more serious conditions. However, the surge in COVID cases has rendered the broader healthcare system largely ineffective. Through 2020, Save Kids Trust was able to secure hospital beds or oxygen as needed but since the second wave of COVID no such options are available. Many patients of Save Kids Trust clinics and numerous close friends of our Executive Director, Dr. Saini, are among the recent dead from COVID in India. Dr. Saini tells us that the situation is even worse than we have seen in the news reports.

Your support has kept the three Save Kids Trust medical clinics operating although the staff goes to the families' homes during lockdowns. Food rations continue to flow to the neediest residents of the slums. Dr. Saini and his team have continued their work throughout although some of the team have fallen ill at times. They are doing their best to instruct patients on best practices for surviving COVID but without the relatively simple treatments, like oxygen, normally available. This limited care and food rations are critically important and Save Kids Trust is enormously grateful for your help to make it possible.

In January, before this current wave of COVID took-off, Save Kids Trust began a series of meetings with girls and women of all ages designed to dispel the myths and taboos of menstruation; taboos that sideline women every month and, more importantly, cause women to carry unnecessary shame and ostracism. Using a comic book created by another non-profit/NGO, Save Kids Trust conducted several very successful educational sessions (more than 100 attendees) about the reality and importance of menstruation as well as proper hygiene practices. The sessions were well-received and will be continued to expand outreach to more young women when gatherings are possible again.

We thank you again for your help. While it has been a difficult time, you helped make it just a little bit easier for people in the slums of Jaipur by supporting the work of Save Kids Trust.

The comic was instrumental for common language
The comic was instrumental for common language
One of our educational groups
One of our educational groups
Food rations are still needed and available
Food rations are still needed and available
Discussing treatment for early stages of COVID
Discussing treatment for early stages of COVID
Street Medical Clinic Doctors & Nurses
Street Medical Clinic Doctors & Nurses

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Dry ration kits for widows and families
Dry ration kits for widows and families

You are making a difference in Jaipur, India. Thank you for your support of Save Kids Trust. The cold winter weather always presents special challenges to the people living in informal housing settlements and COVID-19 has made this winter especially tough. Your support has helped make life easier.  

In addition to the daily operation of three medical clinics in different communities in Jaipur, your support made possible some special programs during the last few months.

People in these communities always struggle to earn a wage but during COVID-19 many of the day-laborer roles have disappeared as construction and other projects have been put on hold. The result for people with no safety net is a rising risk of severe malnutrion. To address this need, and with your help, Save Kids Trust provided basic food supplies to families where daily wage-earners were out of work.  These dry ration kits include flour, potatoes, onions, rice, oil and masalas, and each kit is suffient to feed a family for a week. 

As Save Kids Trust reached out to communities to offer the dry ration kits, Dr. Saini (our Executive Director) was suprised by the number of families led by widows or women whose husbands had left. These families are particularly vulnerable and Dr. Saini prioritized them for the ongoing provision of dry ration kits. This has also led Dr. Saini and the team to develop additional programs in 2021 to focus on the particular needs of women. There is more to come with this initiative around International Womens Week in March. 

An additional opportunity to help those women and thier families arose right away when Save Kids Trust distrubuted new, warm blankets to celebrate the holidays at the end of 2020. No one in the informal housing settlements has heat in their homes and while the winter cold may only last 2 to 3 months, it can be devastating and even deadly for people without the means to stay warm. You can see in the photos how excited the kids and their moms were to receive the blankets (and how joyous the SKT staff were to provide them!).

Also during this holiday time, the SKT team blessed the school age children with gifts of writing materials and coloring books. These surprise celebrations always bring great excitement to the children and have been a tradition the clinics really enjoy. 

Your generous donations to Save Kids Trust have been used to not only facilitate health care for over 22,000 people but this year it has help families get through unpresidented food insecurities and brought happiness with the support of warmth and fun. It is amazing what the Save Kids Trust clinics can do with limited funds and we encourage you to continue your support to help us reach out to even more people this year. 

Clinic visits are always ongoing
Clinic visits are always ongoing
Assisting widows with rations kits
Assisting widows with rations kits
A widow & her children
A widow & her children
New blankets for widows and fatherless children
New blankets for widows and fatherless children
Gifts for the children
Gifts for the children

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