Jaipur Foot Camp
“He used to cry because he had no shoes,
and then he met a man who had no feet.”
The Club has been organizing annual Jaipur Foot Camps, since November 2011, with technical support from Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti, who are experienced at crafting light weight artificial ‘Jaipur’ limbs. Their mobile van has an inbuilt workshop, where technicians fabricate the limb, according to individual size.
An active advertisement campaign in the slum & mill areas as well as railway stations, brings many unfortunates to our door. The Club also donates calipers, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and tricycles to the needy, as per medical advice. Walking sticks and special walking shoes are also given.
Cases of diabetic amputation, victims of train accidents, polio patients and those with cerebral palsy come for medical aid.
After examination patients are measured by the technician before the limb is fitted. They are taught to balance, walk, and remove and put on their ‘new’ foot. Arrangements are made for their comfort and meals to spend the day at the camp.
The photos are proof of the different lives we have touched and aided over the years. Their smiles of gratitude are what remain with us.
The Club organizes the camp at different venues in and outside Mumbai, to reach out to different people, especially in the interiors of the state.
The three days in the camp are an enriching experience, filled with mixed emotions. Sadness to see the plight of patients and their suffering, Admiration at their fortitude and courage, and sheer joy to see them walk out proudly on their new limbs, their self-esteem restored for a better tomorrow.