This NGO Has Brought ‘Ek Ummeed’ To Many Underprivileged

This NGO Has Brought ‘Ek Ummeed’ To Many Underprivileged
Anupam Bhagria
Posted: Mar 01, 2009 at 0422 hrs IST

Ludhiana Apart from providing free medicines at the Civil Hospital, Nikhil Singal Noble Trust delivers drugs at the doorstep of needy and sick.

Though Ludhiana is called the Manchester of Punjab with people having lavish lifestyles and deep pockets, yet there is no dearth of poor and needy in the city.

With little or no help from the state government, NGOs work relentlessly to help the needy.

One such organisation, Nikhil Singal Noble Trust, provides free medicines to the needy and sick at their doorstep. This is the first NGO in the city to provide anti-rabies injections and medicines at the Civil Hospital.

Established in 2008 in the memory of Nikhil Singal, a young boy who died on May 18, 2007, the trust is also imparting free education to 5,000 underprivileged children. Eastman Impex Group patronises the trust under the chairmanship of Jagdeep Singal (paternal uncle of Nikhil Singal).

Inspired by city industrialists Satish Gupta and Sunder Dass Dhamija, the NGO started serving patients at the Civil Hospital from February 7 this year.

Sunder Dass Dhamija said, “Patients with no or little means reach the Civil Hospital, so we suggested the NGO to open ‘Ek Ummeed’ a medicine centre for the underprivileged.”

Satish Gupta said, “The NGO has appointed Dr J S Sidhu as the doctor who provides medicines to the needy at the Civil Hospital.”

“We get 15-20 patients with dog-bite cases at the Civil Hospital every day. We provide five injections to each patient costing Rs 2,500. For avoiding misuse, I always take back the empty injection bottles from patients,” said the doctor.

The anti-rabies injections are given to a patient on the prescription of the doctor on the first, third, seventh, fourteenth and 28th day of the dog bite.

The NGO also helps needy patients admitted in the emergency ward.

Satiram, father of a sick child, said, “My child fell down from the roof yesterday. We are too poor to buy medicines. We filled a form here and got free medicine for my 8-year-old son.”

Dr Sidhu said, “We have distributed medicines worth Rs 70,000 (other than anti-rabies injections) to the needy.”

Expressing his satisfaction over the working of the NGO, Civil Hospital Senior Medical Officer Dr Harvinder Singh said, “Two NGOs Sewa Path and Sri Sathya Sai Sewa Organisation also provide medicines to poor patients. But this is the first time that an NGO is providing anti-rabies injections.”

It was Chander Khanna, one of the office-bearers of Sewa Path who said, “Earlier, we have been distributing free medicines on the behalf of Sewa Path. We are happy that another NGO has come forward to serve the cause of humanity.”

Express India Reference

Teachers Draw Roadmap For Education In Human Values

Teachers Draw Roadmap For Education In Human Values
26 Jan 2009, 0502 hrs IST, TNN

PANCHKULA: Teachers from various schools of Panchkula and Chandigarh on Sunday drew a roadmap for Education in Human Values at a master trainer’s awareness workshop organized by Sri Sathya Sai Baba Seva Organisation at Hans Raj Public School here.

A large number of teachers, who attended the workshop for master trainers, volunteered to guide others thus in helping sensitize the teaching community to inculcate human values amongst students.

While drawing a roadmap for education in human values, it was decided that these senior teachers who would function as master trainers would assemble in a school once a month to learn how to train other teachers in human values to make this a movement to instil values among the students. Narrating from their experiences, the teachers assembled here blamed the western influence, excessive time spent before the television sets for the growing cult of violence, intolerance and disrespect for elders amongst the children.

In his inaugural address, HUDA administrator AK Yadav said that a teacher was cut for a far bigger role in society as he was a role model not only for the students but for society as a whole. He said that teachers had to be first ‘‘acharyas’’ meaning thereby that they had to first practice values, live by them before asking their students to follow.

They had to be embodiments of virtues before trying to instil these in their students. Prominent among those who interacted with the master trainers included, BB Gupta, principal, DC Model School, who spoke on ‘role play’. Gupta felt that the education system should be such that it prepares us to handle given situations dexterously.

Sangeeta Bhatnagar played a number of ‘value games’ to show how students could be taught human values during play. Prof RP Kapoor from Kurukshetra University said human values could be taught even while teaching subjects like physics, chemistry or mathematics.

Times Of India Reference

Bangalore: Baba’s Projects Inspiration To Us – Devi Shetty

Dr. Devi Shetty

Dr. Devi Shetty

Bangalore: Sathya Sai Baba’s Projects Inspiration To Us – Devi Shetty

BANGALORE September 15, 2008: Noted heart surgeon Devi Shetty, the brain child of Karnataka Governnment’s Health Scheme for the poor farmers – Yashasvini and the founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya visited the Prema Jyothi Exhibition conducted by the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations at Palace ground today.

Excerpt of the interview follows:

Q: How do you feel about this exhibition about Sathya Sai Baba’s Projects and his mission?

(Devi Shetty) A: It is a divine experience. It could be done more often, across places. This has been done in a nice and simple way so that even a common man can understand.

Q: Since you belong to the medical fraternity what is your view on free medical service that Satya Sai organization has been providing to the masses?

(Devi Shetty) A: It is very inspiring and only Bhagawan can do it at such a magnitude. Nevertheless each physician in his own moderate way should contribute to the society.

Q: What is your message to medical fraternity?

(Devi Shetty) A: As mentioned earlier, each physician can contribute in his own moderate way to the society. Bhagawan has done it and shown it. He has set an example to follow and each should do whatever he can.


Devi Prasad Shetty

Devi Prasad Shetty