Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, popularly known as Lijjat, is an Indian women's cooperative involved in manufacturing of various fast moving consumer goods. The organisation's main objective is empowerment of women by providing them employment opportunities. I always give the example of the Lijjat Papad success story,and wonder why a model like that cannot be replicated.
In the light of so many students committing suicide due to educational and peer pressure,along with India's leading FM Radio, Radio City 91.1FM, organised a social awareness initiative, Aji Dil toh Bachcha haiji'. RJs Salil & Archanaa , kept the emotional quotient of Radio City's breakfast showcase Kasa Kai Mumbai' alive as they hosted the event, connecting with children, parents and teachers at St. Joseph's Convent High School, Bandra on May 8, 2010.
The event witnessed counsellors talking on the concept, a Radio City Talent Express, a panel discussion on Effective Parenting' and a magical performance by the little stars of the movie Bum Bum Bole' Darsheel and Ziyah, that run home a message of pursuing talent beyond academics.
The most significant part of the event was a panel discussion on Effective Parenting' held between Priya Dutt and eminent people from various fields, which included Dr. Henal Shah, President, Bombay Psychiatric society and Associate Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, Nair Hospital, who has conducted a study on â€?Psychological Aspects of Academic Failure in Children', Ms. Lina Ashar - Founder & Chairperson- Kangaroo Kids Education Limited, Dr. Vaidyanathan - MD, DCH, paediatrician, author of the popular book â€?Make your Child Stress Free' and Mr. Kumar Nilendu - General Manager development support, CRY - Child Rights & You.
The discussion brought to light many pertinent issues around the reasons behind suicides academic, peer and parental pressures, the support system for kids, counselling and combating stress, the symptoms of stress in your child, the Indian education system, parent-child divide and lots more. This session definitely ran home a message to parents on the importance of shifting a child's focus to enjoying his childhood or teenage as opposed to giving in to the much hyped competition in every sphere of life, becoming part of the rat race.
Priya Dutt says, The number of student suicides in our country is alarming. All these show that something is not right. I do associate with organizations like FLY for the initiative â€?Life is Beautiful' and so this cause from Radio City â€“ â€?Aji Dil toh Bachcha haiji' to make students realize that success is not everything and life is a gift of god is a very special one..
Healing Little Hearts is a UK based registered charity which was setup to make a significant contribution towards paucity of healthcare in India, for children with correctable congenital heart defects. The main aim of this charity is to send specialist medical teams from the UK to India to perform lifesaving heart operations on babies and children. Their first charity camp was held at
Hinduja Hospital, Mahim in August 2007. Till date they have made a difference to the lives of over 200 children and babies in India.
Why the need for a collaboration was felt
According to Indian Pediatrics (IP), every year nearly 180,000 children in India are born with defects in their hearts which require heart surgery. Of these, nearly 60,000 to 90,000 suffer from critical cardiac lesions requiringearly intervention. Year on year, many children do not get the heart surgery that they need due to lack of funds and availability of infrastructure to address this growing problem. Even Government hospitals are overburdened.
A vast majority of these heart defects are correctable – children who get the required surgery at the right time can usually lead normal lives, failing which these curable defects can become incurable and/or terminal. Delay in surgery can irreversibly damage the heart. Thousands of children in Maharashtra are in need of corrective surgery every month.
There are only two hospitals in Mumbai & Navi Mumbai, namely KEM Hospital and Sion
Hospital, which offer limited treatment for children through a dedicated team of doctors and nurses. However, the waiting lists are exceedingly long while the facilities and expertise are limited. This significantly cripples the ability to routinely perform corrective surgeries that can permanently cure this defect in our children.
Given the scale and seriousness of this life threatening issue, there is a dire need to address this issue through collaboration with an international expert in this area of health care.
What this collaboration is hoping to achieve
The main aim of this collaboration is to provide timely aid to babies and children with correctable heart defects so that no lives are lost due to lack of funds and expertise. HLH (UK) will send a team of international doctors and nurses every two months to the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai to perform low cost heart surgeries on children. NDMCT’s role will be to make available pre and post-operative care, provide support for financially needy patients and tie up with local healthcare providers. Besides this, NDMCT will also play an important role in identifying needy patients, raising funds and creating awareness about congenital heart defects through screening camps.
Our collaborated dreams for the future
Our joint vision is to have ‘state-of-the art’ surgical centers that will treat financially needy babies, children and adults who have Congenital Heart problems, through collaborations with local health care providers. HLH will come over every 4-6 weeks to help create, train and empower a local team of doctors and nurses to provide surgery expertise & high quality postoperative care.
On the occasion of the festival of Christmas, Smt. Priya Dutt visited St. Catherine Children’ Home and SUPPORT (Society undertaking Poor People’s Onus for Rehabilitation) and distributed clothes and chocolates as Christmas gifts to the children. The children at St. Catherine’s put up a entertaining dance performance along with a social message. Smt. Priyaji was absolutely thrilled to watch dancing talents of small children and encouraged and congratulated them. The children were happy to receive Christmas gifts.
After the Programme, Smt. Priyaji went to see the rehab children at another NGO SUPPORT at Kalina.. SUPPORT houses street children and homeless youth who were affected by drug abuse/HIV/AIDS. They offer a residential rehabilitation programme for street children involved in substance abuse. The SUPPORT children welcomed her with melodious songs. They gifted her with beautiful Christmas cards prepared by them and Santa Claus caps. Smt. Priya Dutt also gave gifts and other articles to the children. They were overwhelmed to receive Christmas gifts from her. Smt. Priya Dutt, was moved to hear the childrens sad stories of their life and their journey after joining SUPPORT