Succeeding From The Clutches Of Life’s Hardships, This Doctor Is Now Training Underprivileged Kids

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American historian Howard Zinn once said, “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” Very few continue to live these lines. Those who do, make us question ourselves on the share of responsibility we have as fellow human beings. Dr Dhetchenamoorthy is one of the examples of such people.

Break the Shackles, Conquer Your Dreams !

Coming from a humble family background, Dr Dhetchenamoorthy’s father earned a paltry sum, and his mother was a housewife.  Since childhood, his ambition was to become a doctor. On the other side, he was also aware that studies and marks are his only weapon to live his dreams. 

He passed his entire schooling from the nearest Tamil medium public school in his town. Amid severe financial constraints, he passed with flying colours, thereby fulfilling his dream of becoming a medico, enrolling in Tanjore medical college with an excellent score. 

“Never introduced to English medium until college, wore torn clothes to school, struggled harsh realities of life. When kids witness someone being successful out of these things they complain about, they derive enormous courage to dream something magnanimous,” Dr Moorthy exclaims. 

Dr Dhetchenamoorthy

Since his graduation days, Moorthy was determined to motivate students like him to make sure they chase their dreams. During his college vacations at his hometown where he took motivational sessions for the children of public schools. His talk is paced with hard-hitting words of courage and strength to encourage children to dream big.

Using Thy Strength For A Cause

After completing his graduation in 2005, Moorthy wished to expand his work to more students. He contacted his school alumni and gathered more doctors, lawyers and professionals from his batch to start a group named “Thisaigal” (Directions]”. Together they had a long journey for the past 15 years grooming 1000’s of kids.

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2,00,000 meals served
Emergency funds sent to 350 families

Regular motivation and counselling sessions for students across the town was their primary work. Their efforts yielded results reflecting on student’s academic records. Some students turned up to special counselling sessions too.

Booklet On Career Guidance

Though the advent of the internet is remarkable, rural kids in India are still not aware of the varied career options available for them. Vast knowledge on innovative spheres of job and employment plays a vital role in empowering them for the future. 

Dhakshana Moorthy

To make children aware, Moorthy and his team of Thisaigal has prepared a booklet detailing the scholarships and entrance exams available for students from economically weak backgrounds. This encapsulates career opportunities in every stream and explains the ways and means to graduate with scholarships. It also carries information about all leading universities, colleges, including foreign institutes, and corresponding courses they provide. Loan processing and benefits are also discussed in-depth to educate kids on financial aid

To encourage sports among children, Thisaigal along with Indian Medical Association (IMA) and other NGOs is making free sports coaching available to the kids. The coaching is guided by the first Tamil woman to win a medal at Asian Games Shanthi Soundarajan. 

Free NEET Coaching Classes

Out of all initiatives shouldered, The milestone of Thisaigal is yet to be quoted!!

In 2018, Thisaigal started NEET coaching programme “SIGARAM”, in collaboration with IMA. Reputed doctors and professors in various fields conduct classes for the children under this programme. 

SIGARAM is one of the very few coaching institutes in Tamilnadu to get the students trained by Doctors themselves. In its very first-year induction, nine students out of 52 got selected. In the next consecutive year, 17 out of 104 students passed out successfully. With wholehearted involvement and motivation of students, classes are being conducted regularly in and around the town.

Nevertheless, Dr. Moorthy fulfills his professional duties as a service for people by various means!

As he continued, “Menstrual hygiene remains to be a very major reason for school dropouts, especially among adolescent girls in India. As an initial step to address this issue, we conduct videos sessions and clippings along with oral awareness sessions for menstrual hygiene”.

Dhakshana Moorthy

His group also conducts multiple health camps in villages to check the living conditions of people and to advise them of healthy living. With the efforts of IMA, Thisaigal and other health welfare associations a landmark result of ZERO Maternal mortality rate in the main town of Aranthangi, Pudukkottai was achieved. Being the town’s branch joint secretary of IMA, he is planning to undertake various health welfare initiatives across the town in the near future. 

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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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