We’re pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with Sewa UK to continue to deliver our work in the future through their Medics for Sewa programme.
The Chitrakoot Project Charity has been running for over 20 years, improving the lives of hundreds of people in Chitrakoot and the surrounding villages, through healthcare and education. In recent times, we’ve found it more difficult to find the right level of resources to support our programmes, which is why we’ve teamed up with Sewa UK. We believe their ethos matches that of the Chitrakoot Project and their backing will give us the resources and support we need to continue to our work.
Please consider making a regular donation to Sewa UK to help us change people’s lives – we need your help!
About Sewa UK
Sewa UK is a humanitarian non-profit service organisation. In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Sewa means Service – a unique concept of Service – Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All.
Sewa is a universal concept, which involves performing an act of kindness without expectation of reward. It is performed selflessly and without ulterior motive. As a concept, Sewa in embedded in Indian traditions, and is actively promoted by different cultures and faiths – as the core belief is the same – to sacrifice your time and resources for the benefit of others without expectation of anything in return.
We’re pleased to announce that the Krishna Devi Girls’ School extension has been completed and the girls are very happy! As well as more space for the girls to learn, it now includes a toilet block and accommodation for visitors. They’re also opening up the school for day pupils from the surrounding villages, so even more girls will have the opportunity to be educated, which is great news!
Our Chairman, Dr Naresh Sharma, along with his colleagues, recently visited the school during on of their surgical camps. They were really impressed with the new facilities and were treated as honourary guests by the girls.
Julien Bory, a Master Dental Technician, originally from France but now living in Canada, brings a team of dental technicians on a regular basis to the dental facility which has a fully functional dental laboratory. Built in 2008 under the guidance of Bill Sharpling, the laboratory now is able to provide crowns, dentures and other fixed and removable dental prosthesis. Most importantly, and maintaining the philosophy originally coined by Nanaji Deshmukh, local villagers are taken on and trained to a high standard by Julien Bory and his team. This provides the local community with the opportunity for learning a skill leading to self-reliance.
We would like to say a big thank you to Dave Edwards and the team from Resuscitation Consultancy Medical Services. They have donated a defibrillator, resuscitation bag, mannequin and other resuscitation supplies for us to take with us to Chitrakoot.
We will put these to good use for training local staff in India. We are very grateful for this valuable donation.
At the end of last year, our team of specialists carried out a number of operations in Chitrakoot to change the lives of those suffering. Towards the end of their time there, a young girl around 13 years of age was brought to the team. She was walking on her hands and feet as severe burns meant she was unable to straighten her legs. The team was heartbroken to see such a young life being wasted and they spent many hours performing surgery on Pooja’s legs so that she could walk. It took months of rehabilitation, but everyone was so pleased to see her walk normally again.
We are very pleased that Chitrakoot Project Charity Chairman Dr. Naresh Sharma has been shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award for the Asian Voice Charity Awards.
This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated dedication, professionalism and integrity throughout their career, and who has produced an identifiably profound effect on the sector through their work and management over at least a 15-year period.
We think Dr. Sharma thoroughly deserves to win this award and we hope you’ll join us in cheering for him too!
In December, a group of doctors, dentists, nurses and carers travelled to India to run the Chitrakoot Project Charity UK’s 4th successful plastic surgery camp. Over 70 cleft and burns procedures were performed over two weeks and the local children and adults who were treated were incredibly grateful for the opportunity to live a normal life – it means the world to them. A huge thank you to the GB Foundation who sponsored this trip, all the volunteers who paid their own expenses and of course to our many continued supporters.
We also launched the start of building work to extend the nearby Krishna Devi Girls’ School. It was a great pleasure to see that once this work is complete, these girls will have a much better environment to learn. We do still need support to complete the building work, so if you’d like to help – please send a donation through Paypal at the bottom of this page.
Watch the video of the plastic surgery camp in Chitrakoot in December 2015
Volunteers and the launch of building work at Krishna Devi Girls’ School