Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sewa Sandesh
August 2012


SOON after the violence spread in Kokrajhar and some others regions of Assam, the Sewa Bharati activists swung into action and immediately provided relief to those who were displaced from their houses and forced to live in makeshift camps.
Sewa Bharati has set-up three base camps for medical relief—two in Kokrajhar and one in Gossaigaon. Two ambulances and two teams of doctors and paramedical staff have been pressed into operation at these camps. Medicines are being provided for contagious and water borne diseases. 
Apart from the medical relief, the materials of immediate requirement are also being provided in the camps. Mosquito coils, bread, biscuits and bedsheets have also been distributed. The activists expect that the people will stay in the relief camps for at least 20 days to a month as many areas are still under grip of violence. Curfew has been lifted only in few parts of Kokrajhar and Gossaigaon, where violence was abated. But there are other areas and districts where the violence still continues and curfew is in vogue. The Sewa Bharati activists could not reach such areas till time of writing this report.
According to Sewa Bharati activists working in the relief camps, the victims are in dire need of books, clothes and food. 
                 Body Donation Programme by Dadhichi Dehdan Samiti
DESCRIBING body donation as greatest need of the hour, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Sushil Modi appealed to the people to donate their body/organs so that the lives of lakhs of people can be saved. He was speaking at the body donation programme organised by Dadhichi Dehdan Samiti at Indian Medical Association premises in New Delhi on July 29. About 125 people resolved to donate their bodies voluntarily.
Rajya Sabha Member and noted television personality Smriti Irani said she was greatly influenced by the work of the Samiti. She told that she would soon open a branch of the Samiti in Mumbai. President of the Samiti Shri Alok Kumar informed that so far 2,000 people have resolved to donate their bodies/organs and 64 people have already donated their body. He said 375 people have donated eyes, which gave light to many visually challenged people. 
Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank Ranchi
There are 1.5 million corneally blind people in India. Statistically we should get approximately 1 lakh eyes per annum. There are 400 eye banks in India, which collect only 22 thousand eyes per annum. The aim in 2005 was collection of 22 thousand eyes while target for 2020 is 4 lakh eyes donation. There are many cases which go unreported and hence the corneally blind people are likely to be much more than what is reported and hence the situation is much grave. Till date the treatment of the corneally blind people is corneal grafting. Corneal grafting means that the blind person’s opaque cornea is exchanged with the transparent cornea, which is donated by the generous dead people and their next of kin. Since the treatment is only possible by the donated eyes, it is essential that there should be an “eye donation and performing the corneal grafting programme in this area. It is worldwide accepted that the non – government voluntary organizations have a pivotal role to play. Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank, Ranchi is a step in this direction. It was the late Dr Bharat Prasad Kashyap, Professor and Head of the Department (Eye) Rajentdra Medical College Hospita[ RMCH] Ranchi, who realized the grave situation of corneally blind people. He met Dr Peter Anderson of Australia in one of the blind relief camps and the ball started rolling. With the help of the Australian doctor Prof. Kashyap could procure six corneas from Australia. It was January 1, 1981 that four corneas were grafted at RMCH, looking at the result, lot of efforts were made to revise the corneal grafting, but nothing actually materialized. Lot of Eye banks were opened and all remained defunct for years.
Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank was formed in the year 1991. It got itself associated with Eye Bank Association of India. It was first life member from whole Eastern India. The membership was recognized by the Individual membership of Dr B.P. Kashyap. Later on when the working personnel increased the Eye Bank got the Institutional membership in 1996 headed by Dr Bharti Kashyap. Kashyap Memorial Eye Bank made all its effort to get the eyes from different states but in vain. It was in 1995 that Shri H. N. Prasad died who had already pledged his eyes. The next of kin ran the Bank and its people were more than happy to remove the eyes and transplant it to two people, since then it has never stopped or looked back. It has now approximately 201 corneal grafting to its credit.

Other activities of the Eye Bank

Blind Relief Camps: Every year the Bank holds blind relief camps in different areas along with different organizations. Initially it did simple cataract operation without intra ocular lenses. But it stopped doing simple cataract operations without IOL since 1998. Now all the cataract operations are done with IOLs which is the latest technique in cataract surgery. 
At such camps the Bank only screens the patience for cataracts and also prepares a list for corneally blind people. It also makes them aware of eye donation. It brings all the cataract patients in groups of 10 and operates them with Phakoemulsification with intra ocular lenses. It has really revolutionsed the visual rehabilitation of the every poor people. After all, why a poor person should have an inferior visual recovery just because he is economically weak?
School Screening: School screening has received much importance these days. In school screening the Bank trains the school teachers to take the vision of the students, which is of prime importance. Less vision is because of refractive errors, other congenital ocular abnormalities, trauma. Vitamin A deficiencies were found to be the cause of concern and they were treated accordingly. Students are given speeches for the diets to avoid Vitamin A deficiency. They are told about the precautions while playing to avoid eye injury.
Rural Areas: The Bank is active in the remote areas where a poor person having the eye care facility like in urban areas is just unthinkable. And it loves to help these poor people. It also means the area which is supposed to be terrorist infested and many Government aids remain very difficult to reach them.

Association with other NGOs: The Bank is in close association with different associations for the noble cause. They help the bank in locating the rural areas and the poor people. They contribute with the man power at the site and for organizing the different groups of patients for the cataract. They also keep the tract of the corneally blind people. Prominent organizations which have joined hands with the Bank include Jain Mahila Milan (Hazaribagh), Sanskrit Vihar (Tamar), Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (Murhu) Gaints Groups (Garhwa), Nav Yuwak Sangh (Garhwa), Red Cross Society (Khunti), Jagat Gyan Society (Piska Nagri), Lions Club of Geater Ranchi (Ranchi), Milli Council (Jharkhand), Heera Barwey Hospital (Chainpur), Vikash Bharati Bishunur (Bishunpur), etc.The area covered for Catarac Surgery Eye Camp include Garhwa, Chainpur, Torpa, Gumla, Gidhore, silli, Lowadih, Bero, Ormanjhi, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Rugari, Piska Nagri, Murhu, Daltonganj, Ranchi Proper, Khunti, Rania, Arki, Tamar, Phusaro, Mandar, Lapung, Bundu, Bokaro, Bishunpur, Chas, Dhanbad, Dhurwa, Namkum.
So far, the Bank has received 4505 eye donation pledge cards and actual eye donation received are 245 eyes. So far, 201 actual corneal graftings have been done. In the year 2010 the bank assessed over 334 special needy children at different Blocks which includes Doranda (40 children), Bero (45 students), Nagri (94 students), Silli (32 Students), Tamar (95 Students), Khalari (26 Students), and it referred 159 students for further management and out of these it prescribed glasses for 129 students and found 25 vitamin deficiency students and 3 pink eyed blind children. The bank also assessed 1070 human trafficking victims' kids mainly in two areas-Fudi (770 kids) and Burmu (300 kids), Out of which the bank referred 122 kids for further management and prescribed glasses for 80 kids. 
Appeal for support to riots - hit people in Assam
Sewa International has been at the forefront of relief and rehabilitation during the natural calamities and man-made calamities in many countries like Bharat, USA, Guyana, UK, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and some more, for more than 2 decades. SIB appeals to all the benevolent to extend their hand for providing succor to these riots -affected people in Assam.

Here is a preliminary Video of the Riots:-Click Here 
A Glimpse-
Since Friday, July 20 when the orgy of violence began in lower Assam and Kokrajhar town more than Two Lakh people have fled their homes, with at least 500 villages belonging to both Bodos and Bangladeshi immigrants in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts reduced to cinders. In relief camps, overcast skies, billowing smoke, and pale faces of thousands of people huddled in groups spoke of the scale of the human tragedy, inviting comparisons with the last time such killings had occurred, in 2008, when 60 people were butchered and more than one lakh displaced in the violence between rogue elements among Bodos and Bangladeshi immigrants. On Tuesday, July 24 inspector-general of police S N Singh confirmed 32 dead but other sources warned the toll could be higher and many wounded by either sickle or knife attacks or bullets could die in hospitals.Tales of suffering are no less poignant from members of the Bodo community. Durga Basumatary of Malgaon in Kokrajhar ran for safety leaving behind her home and property, all of which is now gutted. She had no one to turn to for help and was disconnected with her family. Her village, Malgaon in Kokrajhar, was set afire by miscreants on Tuesday morning. About 50 houses were destroyed.   
Durga gasps for breath as she explains what she went through. "We ran for our lives when our village was set ablaze. I didn't know where I was going when I left my village. My husband went in another direction," Durga wept.Tensions ran high in Sishubari of Chirang district on Tuesday July 24, when miscreants armed with firearms and sharp weapons reached the banks of Huthoti River, which divides the Bodo and Bangladeshi Immigrants villages. A face-off was averted after both sides assured that they won't enter each other's villages.While Sishubari is little relieved for the time being, other villages across Chirang and Kokrajhar live in fear. Outsiders are chased out and even journalists have been prevented from entering some villages.
Fact File:-                         
·       Total Relief Camps Run by Sewa Bharati – 303
·       Deaths in Camps – 124 Children.
·       2 Year age Children in Camps – 8,076.
·       Pregnant Women – 2428.
·       Total Needy Patients – 93,789.
·       Diarrhea Patients – 14994.
·       Dysentery Patients – 3374.
·       Malaria Patients – 100.
·       Viral Fever Patients – 23088.

More Bodies found, fear grips State
Just when the four districts under Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) were limping back to normal after ethnic riots left 56 people dead, police found more bodies in Chirang and Kokrajhar on Sunday August 5, creating panic and taking the toll to 60. While two bodies were found in Kokrajhar, two others were recovered in Chirang. A mob attacked bus passengers in retaliation around 10am in Chirang wounding some. At least 15 abandoned houses were gutted in Kokrajhar on Saturday while three were injured when a radio explosive went off in Baksa district of BTC. The violence took place even as relief camp inmates were sent back to their villages amid tight security. With fears of renewed violence, indefinite curfew was clamped down on Chirang while Kokrajhar police are restricting the entry of vehicles to avoid fresh flare-ups.                                          
Amid fear of attacks, people continued to rush to 303 relief camps in Chirang and Kokrajhar districts. People also rushed out of Bodoland Territorial Council for safety.
SIB reiterates its commitment to provide relief to people in distress through this appeal.
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Your timely help may save a life, provide food to the hungry or shelter to people who have been displaced due to violence.
People are now confident that the Ekal Vidyalaya movement will lead the renaissance of the nation, said Manju Didi, founder member of the movement, while addressing a gathering of Shri Hari Satsansga Samiti members in Mumbai on 5th August. Shri Hari Satsansga Samiti raises resourses of Ekal Vidyalaya movement in the tribal parts of Bharat.
The movement in its 25th year now has reached even to the remotest parts of Ladakh and North Eastern states. It has 50 year active chapters in as many metros across Bharat, running more than 32,000 ekal vidyalayas in around 200 districts, having acharyas and gram samitis in additional 40,000 tribal villages, over 7,000 life workers and lakhs of citizens contributing regularly to the cause. 
Sunday 7th October 2012 is Sewa Day.The first Sewa Day took place in November 2010. Over 5,000 people, of all ages and from all walks of life, participated in over 130 projects across the UK. By the second Sewa Day, which took place in September 2011, it had gone global. About 15,000 people took part in projects across 15 countries. Sewa Day 2012 is shaping up to be even bigger. In the past few weeks, you have read that Sewa Day for Schools programme has been backed by the Guardian Teacher Network & UNESCO - the United Nations body for education. Together with the support of community organisations across the world, it is expected  that over 50,000 people will take part this year. As a result of such momentum, the organisers of the event are excited to inform that Britain's largest bank - Lloyds Banking Group - has adopted Sewa Day, as part of its corporate volunteering strategy.
The addition of one of the UK’s biggest employers will significantly strengthen Sewa Day volunteering and broaden the profile of its volunteer base. More volunteers means that more people will have the ability to make a difference across the variety of projects that make up Sewa Day. The organisers of the event value Lloyds Banking Group's support for Sewa Day and look forward to building a long term relationship with them, and to help them achieve their ambitious volunteering targets.”
 Paul Turner, Community & Sustainable Business Director for Lloyds offered the following remarks on announcing their support last week: “We are proud to be working with Sewa Day to help people make a real difference in the local community. Sewa Day provides the opportunity for our employees to use their annual Day to make a difference volunteering day and to get involved in various activities."
 “The organisers are committed to providing one million hours in volunteering by the end of 2015 and are encouraging thier colleagues to invest their time and effort in events such as Sewa Day.'' 

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