Wheelchair distribution in Samasthan Narayanpur, India: Wed Dec 7, 2011

On Wednesday December 7th, 2011, one of the most significant events during my trip to India took place. Significant because I had partook in a fundraiser back in Toronto in September to raise money for the very wheelchairs that would be provided on this day for physically disabled children in the village of Samasthan Narayanpur.

The village is dealing with an endemic of fluoride-contaminated water, resulting in children being born with skeletal fluorosis, a debilitating illness that causes pain and damage to bones and joints. The result, people affected are unable to walk and often have to drag themselves across the ground to move around unless if fortunate enough to be carried by someone else.

As a promise made in April 2011 by the HEALTHY KIDS HAPPY KIDS foundation, wheelchairs would be provided to people affected by this illness as an aid for mobility.

This promise was kept on December 7th when we visited the village with wheelchairs for those with the greatest need. It was very special seeing the work of the fundraiser back home in action. Many families were tearful when receiving a wheelchair for a loved one. I was particularly touched by a father who carried his son of 36 years of age on the stage to greet us. To see the love and devotion for his son as his old body persevered through so many years of carrying him yet never hesitated for a moment when his son needed to be picked up again.

The mass wheelchair distribution was the first step to provide temporary relief to those affected by the crippling skeletal fluorosis. The next step that HEALTHY KIDS HAPPY KIDS foundation is working on is meeting with engineers who can create a filtering system that can defluoridate the water. In turn, with clean water in the future, those affected have the potential to reverse some bone damage and future generations of children will have the opportunity for a healthy birth.

Peace, love, and happiness.

Times of India

Lighting candles to inaugarate the evening.
Part of the village that was present for the distribution.
Delivery of wheelchairs to victims of skeletal fluorosis.
Deccan Chronicle

Murali - March 16, 2012 - 8:16 am

i am glad your work was able to benefit so many difefrent people that is very brave to visit and help people in a difefrent country and its slums i definitely hope they get the water source handled as soon as possible because that is really a terrible element and chemical to have in the water supply I think for 2012 i will be giving a greater effort at teaching people about having a positive and active spiritual relationship with the universe and fellow mankind and following your advice I will try to do less worrying and more Action towards the progress i need to accomplish I hope you have a great 2012 as well and are able to help even more people in the future and of course as always you look amazing Denise i think the Taj Mahal is even more beautiful with you in the picture makes me want to paint some portraits

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