The Restore Project
Restoring hope in the lives of persons dependent on alcohol
Gowramma recalls the horrifying violent nights when her husband Ramesh would beat her up mercilessly. He would demand money every day to buy alcohol and she dare not refuse. He had lost a well-paying stable government job. The children had stopped going to school since their fees had not been paid. Many a night, they went without food. For Gowramma and her children, life was a dark long tunnel with no light in sight. One day, hope came in the form of “Reach Out”, a program undertaken by the Community Health Department of Bangalore Baptist Hospital. Ramesh attended a de-addiction camp that was conducted in one of the villages close to his home. It had a tremendous impact on him. Following the camp, our team counseled him and his family. He gave up his drinking and volunteers as a peer-educator/counselor at de-addiction camps in other villages. He now divides his time between running a barber-shop in his village and driving an auto-rickshaw loaned to him by Reach Out.
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention and Management Program
Changing lifestyles for better health
Anjappa recalls the days he spent in grief and tears. With deteriorating health and his financial status at its lowest, Anjappa felt that was the end! Anjappa, now recovered – with a sigh of relief says “I believe that my community and I have benefitted much from the heart disease screening camps conducted by your hospital.” I attribute the improvement in my health to the services rendered by the Community Health Department. They took care of me regularly through their mobile clinics and the home visits by their field assistants. They have cared for me and given me new life.”
Adding life to days
When our palliative care team reached Chennamma’s home, she was agonizing with unabated pain. She couldn’t talk. Stroking her hair, holding Chenamma’s hands, one of our team members asked her what hurts her most. She answered “Everything, everything, most of the time.” Chennamma was beyond cure, living with terminal cervical cancer. But, she was cared for and relieved of her pain with medications. Our team spent a lot of time preparing her to have a pain-free, peaceful and dignified end. The family was supported emotionally through their bereavement.
Smile on Wheels
Preventive medical care at the doorstep
Many people living in villages and urban slums travel long distances to government and/ or private hospitals and clinics for their healthcare and treatment. Some, like 40 year-old Rajanna from Elthore village, coughing constantly, walked narrow and rugged paths to get a bus to reach a government hospital in the city. A long day at the clinic waiting for numerous tests and examinations ends with the exhausting journey home. It takes determination and energy to repeat this ordeal regularly, so much so that he dropped out of treatment programs and gave up treatment altogether. Fortunately, treatment at our Smile on Wheels, mobile clinic was a stress-free experience for Rajanna compared to his previous experiences. Rajanna was diagnosed with bronchiectasis. He was referred to Bangalore Baptist Hospital and was seen by a pulmonologist and a thoracic surgeon. Based on their advice, surgery (pneumonectomy) was performed on his left lung. His productive cough has completely stopped and he is able to do his routine work without much difficulty.
Making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities
Sooriya Prakash disliked staying indoors; he enjoyed watching people at the weekly market at his village or the main bus stand in the evening when people got back home from work. The difference was Sooriya Prakash would crawl to the market – he was affected with Cerebral Palsy with contractures of both upper and lower limbs with an 80 percent disability. But in due course, because of the development of thick callosities, he was unable to do so. He still wanted to be out. He asked his father to carry him around. But the burden was heavy on his father. Through the Empower Project, we donated him a tricycle. Training him to ride the tricycle was difficult because of the severe contractures of the fingers. Yet with encouragement and determination, he learnt to ride. Sooriya Prakash is now busy riding through the main road of his village enjoying the activities around him. He is neither crawling nor is his father carrying him around. He is independent.
The gift of the tricycle to Sooriya Prakash is the beginning of transformation and not an end. Surya Prakash’s mobility and the freedom to enjoy his choice highlight the impact we have created in the lives of people with disabilities.