For 44 Years, Jaipur Foot Helped 1.73 Million Amputees And Polio Patients Stand Again

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” Nobody recognises a wonder in its process, but once if the wonder happens, there is no need for its recognition.”

Jaipur Foot, an organisation based in Jaipur, Rajasthan, who have realised what they are doing is just a help to fellow brothers and sisters of this huge family. Tens and Thousands of amputees in the developing world wear Jaipur foot. Jaipur Foot was established by former Indian Administrative Services officer Dr Devendra Raj Mehta to provide free of cost artificial limbs to poor and needy amputees. Since its inception in 1975, there has been tremendous growth in patients.

People from remote corners of India and the world come to Jaipur Foot for the prosthetic implants as it is lighter and certified as the best artificial limb in the world due to its inexpensiveness and mobility as an attribute. At the entrance of Jaipur Foot amputees walking with artificial limbs with a smile on all on their face can be seen. There are many rooms which just have thin partitions, and one of the representatives took me to Dr Devendra Raj Mehta, founder of Jaipur Foot.

This 78-year-old mighty man described that India is still a ground for amputees, and there are millions of unattended people. In his words, “The biggest sins of humankind are ignorance and unavoidable suffering”. They do not maintain a trade secret, everyone can see the manufacturing and understand the innovation of Jaipur Foot. Whether the patient is rich or poor, if the amputee come in the morning, by evening he/she will be given the limb for free of cost. 

Jaipur Foot, workshop

His decision to provide limbs for free was often challenged by donors, strategists but when the finances come into the picture he says “I am the biggest beggar in India”. He is ready to beg for his entire life for people he is committed but not ready to take a single penny from them. It seemed that selflessness has been redefined again. 

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“The minute you start instituting a charge for your service, the most vulnerable populations are the first sector of society to be marginalised, and it’s precisely this sector of the society that you wish to serve the most”. Dr Mehta opined. 

But still, I was keen on knowing the financial management of the organisation because my next big question is about the sustainability of the organisation. Jaipur Foot functions only on donations that too only if the donor comes and visits the hospital. 

I was awestruck with these financial principles and later I got to know more about Dr. Mehta.Today the question of sustainability is the nightmare for several social purpose organisations in India. Simple and great decisions by Dr. Mehta and team kept Jaipur Foot running for over 44 years now. Such is the dedication of the organisation as the organisation towards its donation policies that even the Prime Minister of India was given a simple welcome without any garland or a red carpet when he visited the organisation.

Today, people with Jaipur Foot are driving cars, completing a marathon, stitching clothes, dancing, and working shoulder to shoulder in various fields with others. Nothing could stop them even though their legs got imputed. One invention has restored their dignity, financial status, human relations and equity in the society.

Dr Mehta listens to people and their problems with a compassionate heart.  He provides cycles, financial support for small businesses and creates another support mechanism to people who are in need. He takes care of people by providing food, accommodation, and the amputees find friends and stay in touch.

The language of social purpose organisations often stuck with quarterly reports, sustainability, logical framework analysis, but are we addressing the problem? How do you develop respect for people in the society for whom you are working? These fundamental questions of mine got answered when I visited Jaipur Foot.

There is a perfect convergence of Universal Human values and operating spaces coming with integrity in Jaipur Foot. The organisation runs without hierarchy while I realised that, this work of showing the entire unit and taking people around can be done any of them and today Dr. Mehta did it. He shares his table with his personal secretary and said “All my life I was in a separate and big room equipped with big tables, separate and big houses but I also have a bigger heart to accommodate everyone possible”. 

Sampath Hari(second from left) with Dr Mehta at Jaipur Foot organisation.

After the interaction, it was all silence from within. I sat down in a small tea shop outside the office and was in sort of penance. Several thoughts were just flowing in my mind at that time but when I looked into myself and questioned “Will you be able to do something like this?” then a person came and offered me tea and while he was going back, I could observe his leg which is also artificial. Then my realisation came on the forefront and tickled me and said “Who am I do something for people who already have enough strength? All I can do is to tap the existing strength and provide resources that enable them to get back their own capacities”.

I earned humbleness from Dr. Mehta, his intention of working with people ignited my fire and made me look into myself.

 –Authored by : Sampath Hari, student of the 3rd batch of the Post Graduate Programme at Indian School of Development Management.  

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KhaanaChahiye.com Is Distributing 40,000+ Meals Per Day In Mumbai During Covid-19 Lockdown

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Every global crisis affects every country in a different way depending on their socio-economic background. The COVID 19 pandemic hit India straight in its gut. After the lockdown daily wage workers and people who are underprivileged have been rendered out of their jobs. This has ultimately pushed them to an acute financial crisis so much so that even being able to afford two meals a day has become impossible. While we all wait for normalcy to bring us back our sanity, the financially disadvantaged people on the streets are fighting both the pandemic and hunger. 

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In a scenario like so, a number of social groups have come forward to help in whatever way they can. One of the worst hit cities is Mumbai, where 5 lakh migrant workers, the homeless and underprivileged residents of slums and chawls, waiting endlessly for normalcy to return. KhaanaChahiye.com, an initiative by is cooking food and delivering them to those in dire need, every single day.

“khaanachahiye.com” that was launched in the city of Mumbai on March 29th, is one of its kind people-driven movements that has been running hall and hearty by the people coming from all across. It is that classic example of solidarity where people from all backgrounds, cultural and social has come together to ensure that every mouth is fed.

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How does KhannaChahiye.com work

What’s different you ask? KhaanaChahiye.com has built a capacity of preparing over a whopping 50000+ meals on a daily basis by activating the closed kitchens on several Mumbai routes. Pathik Muni, who has been particularly invested in the mission says, “ We crowdsource demand on hunger pockets and then map it to supply-side by activating closed kitchens. Our partner NGO “Project Mumbai” with reach to the relevant stake holders in Government departments helps us facilitate permissions to activate these closed Kitchens with a turn around of 24 hours. Parallelly we raise funds to map the demand.”

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Areas of food distribution in Mumbai

The food that is prepared is not just hygienic but also fits the calorie count that is sufficient for a person to get him through the day. Every meal consists of daal-rice, aloo-sabzi, chole rotis, veg pulav etc.

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KhaanaChahiye.com has a volunteer-driven collective drive in various areas of Mumbai where people in large numbers have come forward to contribute in the many ways possible. So far the initiative has covered the Bandra to Dahisar route on Western Express Highway, Sion to CST and underprivileged pockets between Mankurd to Kurla on Eastern Express Highway, Juhu to Dahisar on Linking road, a cluster of 1100 labor camps near Mumbai Central and a part of Dharavi Slums.

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Food distribution areas  in Mumbai by KhaanaChahiye.com

  1. To beggars & homeless
    • below the flyovers between Bandra to Dahisar on Western Express Highway,
    • between Juhu to Dahisar on Link road
    • below the flyovers between Ghatkopar to CST
    • under privileged pockets between Mankurd to Kurla.on Eastern Express Highway,
  2. To labour camps
    • a cluster of 1100 labour camp near Mumbai Central
    • a cluster of 3000 labour camp near Govandi
    • a cluster of 2000 labour camp near Mahul
    • a cluster of 750 labour camp in Colaba
  3. Parts of Dharavi Slums towards Cotton Green.
  4. Over 5000 meals in labour camps at various location identified and provided by the Assistant Commissioner,
  5. Serving food to over 5000 meals in Worli and Bandra on request of the local MLA and Corporator.

Immense demand of food in next 10 days

The intent of the movement is to continue the drive of feeding the needy in these difficult times at least until the lockdown is lifted by the government. However, as the days are proceeding, khaanachahiye.com initiative has identified more and more hunger pockets as a result of which the demand for food is just rising since the time it started. To give a perspective of the recently emerged roadblock, Pathik says, “Nine days back, we started with 1200 meals and we are already catering a demand of 40,000+ as of today. We have corporate donors for most of our requirement, but as the demand for food is rising, we are now looking to feed 5000 people in next 10 days, which turns out to be 1,00,000 meals. Therefore we need to now raise a sum of Rs 25,00,000/- which is huge and we really need the support of more people.”

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To raise the funds, khaanachahiye.com initiative has come together with Efforts For Good and The Logical Indian to share this concern with our community members because as a citizen-driven movement, the khaanachahiye.com initiative needs more and more people to come forward and a set a sum aside to keep the initiative going in its full glory so that there are no impediments coming in the way of feeding every mouth in these difficult times. Additionally, one can also contribute by sharing the word with friends and families. COVID 19 is difficult for all, the least we can do is to contribute so that the struggle to cope up with the pandemic does not add up to the struggle to cope up with hunger as well.

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