DHARAMSHALA, January 18
Cruel hands of destiny have further pushed this extremely poor Rajasthani labourer living in Charan Khadd slums in Dharamshala into misery.
Already not being able to make both ends meet for his family of eight, Om Prakash, 38, is now faced with the problem of his five year old daughter, Surti, needing heart surgery at the earliest at PGI, which seems an impossible task for him. His four daughters and two sons are below 15 years of age and he and his wife are working as labourers on day to day basis with no surety of getting work on all the days in a month.
The family got to know about Surti’s problem sometime ago while she went for a check up at the health clinic run by Tong-Len Charitable Trust in Charan Khadd slums in Dharamshala with the help of doctors in Delek hospital being run by the Tibetan government in exile. The Trust volunteers took her to the Delek hospital for some investigation and then to the Zonal hospital in Dharamshala, where doctors detected that she has a hole in her heart and she has to be taken to PGI for the treatment. “On seeing the poor condition of family and the urgency of treatment, the PGI doctors, however, said that they would perform the heart surgery by charging minimum cost for the case, which is Rs 75,000. And doctors told him to get it done as early as possible. But this amount is also very big for Om Prakash. Unless some generous people come forward to help him out, Surti will have to be left to her fate’’, commented the director of Tong- Len Chariatiable Trust, Jamyang. He said the Trust had earlier collected donations worth Rs for another five-year girl, Kavita from the same slum area, who had to undergo similar surgery at PGI, by mobilizing people in Mcleodganj.
“We had collected Rs 1.05 lakhs from the people as that time there was a great rush of Dalai Lama’s devotees from India and abroad. We are putting in efforts to collect some donations for her, but its very difficult moving door to door. Our organization, which is doing some voluntary work in education and health sector in the slums, is not able to meet such high charges. We request the state government and other donors to come forward for the social cause to save the girl. She needs a helping hand at the earliest’’, commented Jamyang.
Not surprisingly, the residents of Charan Khadd slums have been living in the area since 80s (Om Prakash since 1985), and the Rajasthani and Marathi labourers from here have been working in almost all construction works of the government– but no official attention, whatsoever, has so far been paid on them to improve the quality of their life.
Donations in form of cheque/DD should be drawn in favour of Tong-len Charitable Trust, payable at Dharamshala and sent to:
Tong-len Charitable Trust,
C/o Dr. Chakra,
For more details contact:
Email: jamyang74 [AT] rediffmail [DOT] com
Mr. Ajai Srivastava, Chairman, Society for Diability and Rehabilation Studies, HP Chapter
Email: ajaisri02 [AT] yahoo [DOT] co [DOT] in
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