Thursday, September 29, 2011

Help Ashwini Kanugo's family-Orissa floods hero

Received this appeal for help.


Orissa is devastated by floods. Rescue work is overwhelmed with
demand. Brave people are risking their lives to save more.

One such person, Ashwini Kumar died last week after saving 60 people
stranded on a rooftop in the flood. He fell into the water after the
rescue and in spite of being a strong swimmer, was missing for two
days when his body was found. He is to be recommended for the
president's medal for his bravery in saving lives.

He leaves behind a widowed mother and now widowed wife and no male
members in the family - in a rural environment. He had been married
about two months ago. Their family circumstances are not economically
comfortable. They don't have a phone or mobile. To contact them, one
can reach through his uncle, Mr Panchanan Kanungo at 9438360849. While
the honor of a president's medal is great, this family needs support
to sustain themselves. I have not spoken with them. I don't know what
form this support should be, but from what I hear immediately, it
seems some regular financial contributions, at least till a source of
income can be developed would be needed.

Some individuals are stepping up to say they would like to help, but
nothing concrete is known yet. Besides, such support cannot be counted
on to endure once the spotlight is gone.

Thanking you,


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blood needed in Lucknow

Received this as an email. Please help and spread the word.

My dear Kiranji,
My friend Sugandha's husband has been admitted to the KG Medical
College (KGMC) and has been diagnosed with Dengue. He is critical and
his survival depends on immediate transfusion of 15 bottles of blood.
Please call Sugandha on 08604523055 to help.
Thanking You,
Tripti Singh (Roma)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Help this girl

This forward from Chandni:

From: "Uday Foundation, New Delhi" <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:12 PM
Subject: Hi Chandni

Hi Chandni

Following are the details we want you to share, Pls visit


Madhu is 14 year old but look likes a 4 years old little girl. She is
a bright student of 6th class who wish to become a doctor when she
grow-up. She is suffering from a rare medical condition known as
"Isolated Growth Hormone Deficiency" and currently doing routine
follow-ups at AIIMS Endocrinology OPD to become a normal bubbly girl
of her age.

Madhu belongs to a lower middle class family and her father is a
schoolteacher in a backward region of Nepal, who find it tough to meet
both ends.

Now, the good news for Madhu is that her treatment is possible but the
cost of growth hormone therapy is approximately Rs. 2 Lacs per year
for next 4-5 years. (as per documents provided by AIIMS to this girl).

Many conditions which interfere with children's growth are treatable.
Insulin, growth hormone, thyroid hormone, and now insulin-like growth
factor are medications which are as close to nature as possible.
Children with a wide range of growth deficiencies have had wonderful
results thanks to growth hormone and other treatments.

GH is usually administered as a daily injection under the skin.
Because adults tend to have more side effects than children, their
treatment often begins at a low dose and then is raised gradually.

AIIMS also mentioned in the certificate that in absence of this
therapy , She is likely to suffer from serious physical and social
consequences of short stature and this treatment is essential for her.

Her medical condition has made her mature even before time, but she
love watching hindi movies of her favorite actors Hrithik Roshan and
Preity Zinta and can sing so many beautiful songs if you request.

Like many sick children, Madhu is both symptom and cause. Her lack of
proper treatment is reason enough for not only forcing the
frail-looking girl to miss school for few months while she searches
for some help, but dragging her poor family into debt.

Mission of your Uday Foundation is to provide free professional help
to the children with congenital defects through counseling, education,
information and referral and direct financial assistance. If you wish
to learn more about Madhu or wish to help her, Please write to

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Here's how you can help Sikkim

This via Karma Bhutia from

Relief Teams
Worldvision relief team are on their way to Mangan Sikh Sangat of
Siliguri likely to go upto Tung on 23rd with necessary relief aid.
Meeting at the Siliguri Gurdwara tomorrow. A Team of SNTM Doctors just
left for Lingzya, Dzongu via Singtam & Dikchu. The team is going on
their own accord, albeit with the knowledge of the Department. This is
not to be taken as a State initiative. The doctors have pooled in
money to hire the vehicles themselves and carry with them as much
medical supplies as they can. The Sikkim Chamber of Commerce is
collecting relief materials, both in cash and kind and sending a team
with supplies to Mangan tomorrow. Anyone willing to support can
contact me at +919434094359 or Ashok Sarda at +919733015188 Just to
inform you that NGOs WWF, KCC, ECOSS, ATREE along with forest
officials and a team of doctors have organised a relief team for
Dzongu. We are taking some supplies up to Lingzya today and hope to
move upto Sakyong Pentong. A rescue team reached Bay village finally
through rough terrain yesterday and managed to recover 5 bodies out of
seven. Sakyong Pentong have been totally cut off and a helicopter team
of SAP is supposed to land there today. VHAS has also sent a team to
Dzongu. Mika and Ugen of MLAS are already working there. The central
Disaster managment team chaps are proving to be a liability - totally
unprepared and unable to cope with the terrain and the people. It is
very surprising that the SAP have till now not been given a proper
role to play in the rescue efforts. ECOSS, KCC and ATREE have donated
Rs 10,000 each and WWF is going to chip in with cash and materials of
around Rs 1-2.5 lakhs. We have started taking donations for the relief
in ECOSS account - Ecotourism & Conservation Society of Sikkim Axis
Bank MG Marg Account No. 112010100117012. Pl pass the word around. Raj
Basu of Help tourism has also promised help and so has the Rotary club
and others. (Email from RP Gurung, CEO ECOSS) Members of Travel Agents
Association of Sikkim ( TAAS) Commits Rs. One Lakh One Thousand(
Rs.1,01,000.00) to the Sikkim Chief Ministers Relief Fund for the
rescue and Relief from this Himalayan Earthquake in Sikkim. We are
with our PEOPLE in all walks of our LIVES. With all our Prayers for
SIKKIM. It reflected to me many years back of "Mero Mirik Campaign"
where we had helped victims of major Landslide in Mirik. I have been
feeling restless and thinking of those people who have survived and
helped not yet reached. I have been getting messages from Dzongu
(Sakyong Penthong) where help has still not reached as it does not
fall in the North Sikkim Highway. I have travelled earlier so much to
North Sikkim and known the steepness of the hills beyond Mangan. It
gives me a sleepless nights to understand how people are coping with
the open air, full of rain and help yet to reach while I rest in a
comfortable bed. So I have started a campaign to help those in need
with my organisation which has been Govt. Registered. My utmost
concern is to help with the major emergency items like Warm blankets,
warm clothes, (As north Sikkim is cold and also winter is
approaching), energy drinks, Torch lights with batteries, portable
tents, vitamins, medicines(common ones like for headache, fever, cold
etc), water bottle, shoes, sleeping mattress, sleeping bags, etc.. I
have also started analysing on Kalimpong villages and found out that
many houses have collapsed. Unfortunately they seem to be the poorest.
Today i am visiting Mangmaya as it happened to my ancestral place and
called by uncle to see many of our BPL neighbours whose house are no
more. Our organisation's name is Glenn Family Foundation Trust which
is locally registered in Kalmipong with local members. We will be
giving tax rebate to those who will financially help as we are
registered under 80G of the Income tax act. Our team will work on a
blog and FB to see how our donations and work is being done. I have
contacted my friends from Sikkim who will coordinate in our
distribution. I will be off to North Sikkim on Monday. Regards/Saom
The Bar Association of Sikkim a registered association of advocates
has initiated the 18th September Earthquake Relief Fund. We have
obtained the necessary permission from the District Collector. Anybody
willing to contribute in cash or kind may contact. Bhaskar Raj
Pradhan, General Secretary 9933355335.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Arzan Khambata and Akanksha

Between the 2nd of October and the 8th of October, the NGO Akanksha plans to create a large installation at the Pheonix Mills mall at Lower Parel.
Arzan Khambata will build a bamboo enclave that will have buckets of coloured water hanging from the top of the enclave.The bucket will have little holes beneath it. The floor of the enclave will have sheets of canvas with stenciled images of education elements.When swung, the bucket will splatter paint onto the images below. This will be repeated thrice with different colours.
People visiting the installation can opt to buy one of the stenciled images and kind of take a piece of education with him/her, thus contributing to Akanksha's mission. This will be run by Akanksha kids and Arzan himself come to the venue on some of the days during that week.we need large participation.
Please visit Phoenix Mills and participate in this initiative. Akanksha is educating the underprivileged child, and that is a cause which deserves all the support it can get.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Delhi Blasts-Need Volunteers

IndiaHelps is looking for volunteers who would be willing to visit hospitals, families of the bereaved (the needy ones) and be our point of contact with them.
What is required is only a sense of empathy, a willingness to help and an ability to listen to what the family needs, make a needs assessment and figure out ways to help the victim/bereaved family for the time it will take to get them on their feet again.
This would entail one initial visit, and one follow up visit every month, and regular telephonic contact and coordination.

If you would like to help please mail us at and do indicate the time/effort you could realistically give to this task.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Would you like to help these 13/7 victims?

This report in from Linus, who visited Harkisondas Hospital last week:

1] Namdeo Guloop
Namdeo  Guloop  (38 years)  lost both his limbs in the Opera House blast and is recuperating in Harkisondas Hospital.  He used to work as a courier/peon in the Panchratna building. He has been promised prosthetic limbs by the hospital. He and his family stay in slums at Khar.
He has a wife and three school  going children.  While two study in Municipal schools in Mumbai, one studies in Raigad in a private school. They opened bank account for the first time to deposit the cheque given by the government. The wife basically was always a homemaker and has no inkling about Mumbai. She needs an escort daily from Khar to the hospital.
The short terms needs are funds required to run the house hold, paying the rent and providing fees for the child's studies. (Rs.500 per month).
In the long term, Namdeo needs a job after he is discharged from the hospital in  2-3 months and finding a home in the lower parts of the slum. Right now they stay on higher ground. In order to get a home in the lower area the deposit is around 45000 thousand and rent of Rs.4-500 per month.

2) Sahadev Bhuwad
Sahadev Bhuwad  (56 years) lost  his right limb in the Opera House blast and is recuperating in Harkisondas Hospital.  He used to work as a sub-broker peddling rates between traders. He has been promised a prosthetic limb by the hospital. He and his family stay in Bhayander.
His son, Tushar also in the same trade wants a job which will give him a regular income so that he can take of his father, mother and wife. He has done a course in repairing mobiles and would like to start an enterprise repairing them. They are managing to pull on savings. In the long term, Sahadev will need a job and so will his son.

3) Ramlal Yadav
Ramlal Yadav's  (51) limbs were badly injured  in the Opera House blast and is recuperating in Harkisondas Hospital.  His left hand is also badly injured. He used to work as a courier/peon in the Panchratna building. Doctors say that in couple of months he will
He stays with his family in Wadala. His son attends a Hindi medium  municipal school while his daughter was pulled out of
school due to a poor academic record. He would like some funds to run his household for the next few months and will need a job to sustain his family in the long run.

4) Satish Singh
Satish Singh (36)  right limb was badly injured  in the Opera House blast and is recuperating in Harkisondas Hospital.  He used work as a security guard at the Panchratna building. His family is in Bihar and has no home in Mumbai. His father came from Bihar to look after him and stays in the hospital premises. No one  from his company has bothered to enquire about him. Doctors say that in couple of months he will recover.
Daily expenses of the father needs to be met and Satish will need a job once he recovers.

If you would like to help any of these victims with either financial assistance or assistance for a job or a means of livelihood, do mail in at