Support Winter Camp of the underprivileged rural children


               Support Winter Camp of the underpviledged rural children

Like summer camp held during the month of April 2012 Ahambhumika is going to organize a winter camp for the underprivileged rural children. This time the camp will be organized in village Mahabadia,distt.Bhopal for the underprivileged  girl  children in the age group 4 to 14 years.The parents of these children work as daily wage labourer in brick kilns,construction sites and stone quarries . The camp will commence from 25.12.12 and will continue till 30.12.12. During 6 day long camp the children will be imparted the education of basic English, Computer, Clay making, Art and Craft. The number of children who will be participating in the proposed camp will be 60 to 80. On 31.12.2012 an exposure visit of the children to visit Sanchi (an ancient Buddhist site 50 Kms far from Bhopal is proposed.) These children have visited few places of Bhopal and have never been out of Bhopal .For them a day long visit out side Bhopal will be  a wonderful experience.

What we need: We need volunteers who could take up classes of basic English, Basic Computer,   Art & Craft activity   like doll making, papermache work .The volunteer will stay with team Ahambhumika and lodging and boarding will be borne by us while the travel expenses from their place of origin to Bhopal and back will be borne by the volunteer himself/herself. The timings of the camp will be from 11.00 AM to 4.00 PM.

Volunteers who wish to join this camp will have to send the following details about themselves:-Name, Sex, Age, educational qualification, experience of volunteering if any, the activity  proposed to be undertaken by the volunteer,days wise details of the activity, complete residential address, e-mail id, mobile number and landline number if any. Every selceted volunteer will be  alloted 12 hours to volunteer during 6 days camp.Shortlisted candidate will be confirmed as soon as possible.If you are interested please drop a mail with details to : ahambhumika@gmail.com
The volunteer willing to take up the activity of teaching basics of computer will have to carry his own lap top.   

Help us with fund: People may also support us with the fund.The detail of fund requirement is mentioned below.One may contribute any amount as per his/her wish.
1.Sponsor Meals :
During camp meals will be provided to the children.During 6 days camp we need serve on avaerage 80 meals per day.One meal will cost Rs.50=00. We need sponsor for 480 meals.One may contribute for an quantity of meals.

2. Stationery  and craft  materials:
We will require stationery materials worth Rs.2,500=00 which will include  copies, pencils, wax colours, craft papers, clay, drawing sheets etc.

3. Painting materials:
During winter camp a workshop on painting is proposed. The children will be imparted the training of painting. For this we need canvas , brushes and acrylic colours which  will cost Rs.1500=00

4.Exposure visit to Sanchi:
Sanchi is a world famous Buddhist site. and is 50 KMs away from Bhopal.A whole day trip cum exposure visit to Sanchi will cost Rs.10,800=00.(Transportation charges  Rs.6,000=00 and food Rs.4800=00 for 60 children)


Sl.No.
Name of the head for which fund is required (for an average of  70 girl children)
 Requirement of fund
 1.
Meals during day time (Rs.50 per meal for 
total 480 meals )
Rs.24,000=00
*2.
Stationery materials
Rs.  2,500=00
 3.
Painting materials
Rs.  1,500=00
*4.
Transportation charges for the exposure visit
Rs.  6,000=00
*5.
Food during exposure visit
Rs.  4,800=00
Total
Rs. 38,800=00

* Please do not contribute for Sl. no. 2,4 & 5. Two generous person from Mumbai and Jammu has already supported for those three items . 
Note : A generous person from Delhi has contributed Rs.4000=00 for meals for one day.  
For serial number 1 one may contribute for any quantity of meals.One meal costs Rs.50/- only.  
Out of Rs.38,800=00 we have received contribution  for Rs.17,300=00 now we need rest Rs.21,500=00 only


Any corporate if wishes may sponsor t-shirts /woollens for 80   children.

One may contribute any amount as per his wish. Below is the account detail to support this camp monetarily.
Most Important

If you reside out of India,than please do not donate.As per norms we can not accept donations from the people living out of India.

How to donate

*Online Bank Transfer:

AHAM BHUMIKA SWAYAM SEVI SANSTHA,

SAVINGS ACCOUNT NO. 2073101015874,

IFSC Code- CNRB0002073,

CANARA BANK,

Branch - MAHARANA PRATAP NAGAR, BHOPAL

Important: If you're doing a online transfer to our account, please send us an email with your name, address and donation amount, so that we can send you the receipt.Our e-mail id is :- ahambhumika@gmail.com

*Account payable Cheques/ DDs in favor of –

AHAM BHUMIKA SWAYAM SEVI SANSTHA, Payable at BHOPAL (M.P.)

**Postal address to which the cheque/drafts for the winter camp    may be sent:

Subrat Goswami

Ahambhumika

C/o Archaeology

1st Floor,Above Tribes India,

Inner Court Building,G.T.B.Complex,

T.T.Nagar,Bhopal-462003 (M.P.)
Below are  the few pictures of the  girl children  who will be participating in the winter  camp .  



Iodine Deficiency Disorders: An abandoned rural health issue



Iodine Deficiency Disorders: An abandoned rural health issue

A guest post by - Bhavnaa S – Health Psychologist and Writer

The plight of ignorance

 In a bit of a flustered open letter to Lancet, Dr.Himmatrao Saluba Bawaskar commented on the pressing health neglect that the rural populace - which constitute of over 65% of India's total population- faced, in Lancet’s published series on India healthcare in February 2011. He listed accidental snake and scorpion bites, fluorosis (disease caused by excessive consumption of fluoride-contaminated water) and hypothyroidism as some of the common causes of death and debilitation among the rural population.
Of course there any many other diseases this section of people face, yet what I really want to focus on in this article is a problem that may not lead to an immediate emergency situation but rather one that is slow to manifest.

Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD)

'Iodine deficiency' is sub-categorized under 'Micro-nutrient Deficiency Disorders'. As a branch of its own, Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) covers a whole range of health problems out of which some are extremely common among the urban population, yet it’s the rural section that are the most affected. 
 What is Iodine deficiency, you may ask? Iodine is an important mineral nutrient needed for the normal development and functioning of the human body. Iodine is found mainly in oceans and then later the oxidized element is foundin the soil. The main problem here is that iodine, just like wealth, is unevenly distributed in natural reservoirs around the world, making it quite hard for inhabitants in iodine-deprived regions to have easy access to foods grown in iodine-rich soils (Eastmann& Zimmermann, 2009). 
 Why is iodine important for the body? Iodine helps the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones which are commonly known as T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine) that are essential for a healthy functional body (Eastmann& Zimmermann, 2009).

 Effects of IDD:

 1.Adults suffering from iodine-deficiency end up having complications such as goitre, iodine-induced hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and impaired mental function.
 
2. Pregnant women may need to take more care as having low levels of iodine can lead to a higher rate of miscarriages, still-births, and giving birth to a baby with several abnormalities. Mental retardation among children whose mothers have iodine deficiencies are also possible manifestations. This is why maintaining a good diet during pregnancy is especially important as mother's nutrition is passed on directly to the child. Besides mental retardation, pregnant women with severe iodine deficiencies tend to have children who are deaf (which impacts the speech), who have a short stature, and have other skeletal and muscle deformities. These children are labelled as 'cretins' and this conditionis known as 'Cretinism'. In a less extreme situation, the child of a malnourished or undernourished mother having low levels of iodine could have reduced learning capacities or lower IQ levels. What is important to remember is that any nutritional deficiencies in the mother could directly affect the foetus in the womb.

3. The other sensitive group besides pregnant women are those in their adolescent stage, i.e.,those between 10 to 19 years of age. Low iodine levels in this age-group are especially harmful as this could lead to hypothyroidism. The symptoms and effects of hypothyroidism are fatigue, lethargy, weight-gain, cold-intolerance, constipation, depression, reduced muscle strength, and in severe cases (for girls/women) female infertility (Eastmann& Zimmermann, 2009).

4.The symptoms of iodine deficiency or hypothyroidism amongst elderly people can almost be overlooked as ageing problems. It is important not to overlook the hypothyroid symptoms in the older population as this could lead to further complications such as heart problems.

Diagnosis
 To know the Iodine levels in the body, urine tests are conducted. So, if the levels iodine levels are low, it means the body is iodine-deficient. To check for hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism (which occur due to lack or excess of iodine in the body respectively), blood tests are conducted. Patients need to ask for tests to determine their TSH, T4 and T3 levels for a complete picture (Johnson, 2008).

 Treatment solutions

Because the rural sections are the most sensitive demographic prone to suffer from malnutrition and under-nutrition, it is imperative that they understand how to pep up their iodine levels. The best way to increase iodine intake is to use salt that is 'iodized'. Salt is easily accessible to all sections of people and it is essential that the local authorities ensure that only iodized salt is being bought and distributed among the village folk.


Foods that are iodine-rich are cheese, butter, onion, spinach, carrot, garlic, lettuce, strawberries and seaweed (Bashir et al, 2011).  Also, do keep in mind that potatoes are a great source of iodine and if they are consumed with their skin, in the baked form, it is better (although this may or may not be possible in a rural environment). Seafood is also a good iodine source, although most of the Northern and centrally located villages in India follow a strict vegetarian diet. Iodine supplements and multivitamins are also available for consumption, yet it is essential that these are prescribed by doctor based on individual reports.


Lastly, iodized oil is also used as a form of treatment (Eastmann and Zimmermann, 2009). This can be given in the oral form or in injection form, but again this too depends on the doctor's advice and whether they prescribe it or not. Hence, it is important for doctors at health care facilities located at village in India to do regular checks and not overlook this issue.

The ripple effect of malnutrition
 
Malnutrition is linked to poverty, not insufficient food production. In rural areas, due to low family wages, fluctuating food/vegetable prices, droughts, soil erosion, flooding and several other reasons, villagers are unable to have a steady supply of vegetables, crop, pulses, and other foods. If they are not malnourished, then they tend to be under-nourished which is still not good. Rather malnutrition is a main cause of vitamin deficiencies, anaemia, and of course iodine deficiency among the rural population. This impacts the body, the brain and consequently impacts their quality of life too.

 One study carried out in a rural area (Mandya district) in South Karnataka (Devendrappa, 2009) concluded that hypothyroidism - a manifestation of low iodine levels - is a common problem amongthe rural population and those who were prescribed medication complied to it better than the urban population. This study is important because besides the fact that it points out the high prevalence of hypothyroidismbeing linked to low iodine levels, it also makes a point about compliance.
 
The malleability of compliance

In rural parts of India, it is important to note that lots of close-knit groups or people living in villages maintain certain beliefs, such as: a person could be ill because of spirits, or due to the breaking of a rule, or because of doing something that is usually considered taboo. Interestingly, herbal medical practitioners and those offering their 'religious and magical' services/medications are also seen in plenty in these areas and usually these are undocumented or non-scientific medicine systems that they follow (Patil et al, 2002). Because such 'quacks' know that the compliance levels of the villagers or tribal population tend to be high, they are drawn to set base in these areas and continue with their practices. Hence, one would find 'doctors', rather quacks, having their non-scientific medical centressituated in these areas in abundance. Most of the times, these non-qualified ‘specialists’ allow villagers to maintain their illogical ideologies so as to capitalize on their naive thought processes.

In such areas, there is a dire need for qualified doctors. Licensed MBBS-qualified doctors or licensed Homeopaths and Ayurvedic specialists need to come into the forefront here.

It is in fact shocking to know that according to a recent unpublished study by the Rural Medical College in India, 80% of the medical practitioners who practice 'allopathy' or Western/Orthodox medicine in rural villages do so without actual and proper training. Also, 73% of these 'doctors' first think of the actual cost of the drug and whether it will be affordable by their patients or not, and only then consider the pharmaceutical properties of the drug.
 
It’s interesting to note how ‘compliance' is often taken for granted. This makes it all the more important for rural sections of the population to be educated and to understand how important it is toknow about their own health and to understand that they are equipped with the right to ask as well as choose between what they are offered and what they decide to get treated with.

The need for altruistic and authentic leadership

 The underlying cause of frustration is the lack of a solid and workable government health policy which is making people of the rural sector seek out more health facilities offered by the private sector. This in turn leads them to take more loans and get further burdened with debt. The consequences can be several. It hence becomes essentially important that waiting for the government to act may not be the solution in the short-run, which is why individuals and doctors from the private sector, or the common, educated individual may need to initiate medical programs, camps or health-awareness programs that constitute of a group of medical professionals, who are able to use this platform less for seeking out personal benefits but rather for the genuine general welfare of the rural population. This in turn will help get rid of negative elements still prevalent in modern India, which in turn will empower and educate the most important section of our country. 

Note :For references please see  bottom of the post



 

References
 
Bashir, H., Farooq, R., Bhat, M., and Majid, S. (2011).Increased prevalence of subclinical hypothyroidism in females in mountainous valley of Kashmir – a signal for advocating iodine sufficient diet intake, Unpublished. Government Medical College Srinagar.

Devendrappa, G. (2009). Clinical Profile of Hypothyroidism Patients in a Rural Area of South Karnataka.Journal of Association of Physicians of India. Available from: http://www.japi.org/march_2009/endocrinology_poster_sessions.html

Eastman, C and Zimmermann, M.(2009).The Iodine Deficiency Disorders.Thyroid Disease Manager. Available at:http://www.thyroidmanager.org/Chapter20/chapter20.pdf.
Johnson, L.(2008).Disorders of Nutrition, The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook Online Version. Last revised: August 2008.Available at:http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/disorders_of_nutrition/minerals/iodine.html#v767574

MalathyIyer (2011) ‘Lancet neglects neglected diseases of India’, The Times of India, 7 May [Online]
Patil, A., Somasundaram, K., and Goyal, R. (2002). Current Health Scenario in Rural India, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 10, 129-135.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATE WOOLENS TO US ,THE TREMBLING UNKNOWN FACES WILL BE GRATEFUL




DONATE  WOOLENS TO US ,THE TREMBLING UNKNOWN FACES WILL BE GRATEFUL
With the onset of winters, everyone wants to buy the trendiest woolens. Malls are explored, showrooms hunted, everything is done in order for new trends to be lived upto. Everyone wants to be at par with the latest fashion. Once you buy the perfect woollens, you return home only to find the wardrobe not to be big enough for all your clothes.
If you don’t have old wollens to spare or you wish to donate new wollens you may contribute us moneytarily.A new sweater costs Rs.200=00 and we are making effort to provide sweaters to 1000 rural children this winter.
 Create some space for the new woolens. Let the old ones out. There are many unknown faces who tremble and lose their lives because someone didn’t bother to give them woollens.  Don’t be that someone. Be someone’s reason to be warm this winter. Be someone’s happiness this winter.
 This winter, we at Ahambhumika aim to provide sweaters and other woollens to about a thousand school going children. All the children are young and between 4 to 12 years of age. Anyone who donates woollens will be updates with the photographs of the event. Help us achieve our dream by being a part of it. Nothing feels as good as being someone else’s reason to smile. Be that reason this winter.
If you don’t wish to give   old woolens and  wish to donate new wollens you may do so.You may also contribute  moneytarily for woolens.A new sweater costs Rs.200=00 and we are making effort to provide sweaters to 1000 rural children this winter.
Most Important
If you reside out of India,than please do not donate.As per norms we can not accept doantions from the people living out of India.
How to donate
*Online Bank Transfer:
AHAM BHUMIKA SWAYAM SEVI SANSTHA,
SAVINGS ACCOUNT NO. 2073101015874,
IFSC Code- CNRB0002073,
CANARA BANK,
Branch - MAHARANA PRATAP NAGAR, BHOPAL
Important: If you're doing a online transfer to our account, please send us an email with your name, address and donation amount, so that we can send you the receipt.
*Account payable Cheques/ DDs in favor of –
AHAM BHUMIKA SWAYAM SEVI SANSTHA, Payable at BHOPAL (M.P.)
**Postal address to which the cheque/drafts/ material donations for the project may be sent:
Subrat Goswami
Ahambhumika
C/o Archaeology
1st Floor,Above Tribes India,
Inner Court Building,G.T.B.Complex,
T.T.Nagar,Bhopal-462003 (M.P.)