Positive news from London and Amarpurkashi in Uttar Pradesh

On the Gyaan Yatra website, Adam Merchant writes:

amarpurkashi village“The Amarpurkashi project was set up by the Society for Agro-Industrial Education in India which provides education for people from the surrounding villages from primary school right up to a post-graduate college.

“Some aspects of rural life exemplify sustainability, bullocks are used for milk (sic) and to plough the fields, wheat is grown in the fields and the grass of the wheat is used to feed the bullocks, the dung of the bullocks is then used as cooking fuel to cook the rotis made from the wheat. The simplicity of village life is in sharp contrast to the fast pace and consumerism of India’s mega modern cities.”

VRI header-logoLondon-based Jyoti Singh, co-ordinator of Volunteers for Rural India, which has close links to the Amarpurkashi project, sent the VRI newsletter today. It covered many events relating to HIV, recycling, a Science Fair featuring innovation and eye and health camps.

News of the latter:

APK villagers eye campOn 31st October, 2012, the Health Centre at Amarpurkashi hosted a free health camp for villagers. Over 700 patients turned up, the largest number since these camps began. Fortunately, Teerthankar Mahaveer College, Moradabad sent a large team of over thirty medical staff, including fourteen dentists, five GPs, a bone specialist, a paediatrician, two eye specialists and two gynaecologists.  Everyone received three days’ medicine and an offer of free consultation should they need further treatment. The camp was sponsored by Villages Espoir, the organisation set up by Toby Whitfeld, volunteer from November 2006 and cost £363.

Monday, 19th of November saw the start of a free Eye Camp sponsored by Hari Dhanoo, VRI trustee and loyal supporter of the project. A team of medical staff headed by Dr Bhavtosh Shankhdhar examined 410 patients and identified 62 for lens transplantation. On the 20th, all were tested for sugar, blood pressure and cardiac problems. 35 were found to be fit for the lens transplant. Another 6 were treated for minor complaints and were then fit for transplants.

On 21st November, 18 patients was operated on with the remaining 23 receiving lens transplants the following day. They stayed at the Bilari Community Hospital for two days and then, on 23rd, their eyes were checked, their bandages changed and post-operative medicines and glasses given. All medicines, glasses and food were provided free. These patients were then checked repeatedly over the next month. There were no problems and we were very pleased to have a 100% success rate.

On 21st February, five young optometrists from the U.K., all of Indian origin, will go to APK where they will stay for eight days and carry out comprehensive tests on the eyesight of the students of the primary and secondary schools. They have already held a Monopoly bike challenge which involved riding 23.5 miles round London, visiting all the sites on the Monopoly board. They hope to raise enough money to fund the equipment they will take and endow a small scholarship fund to assist any poor students who need glasses or treatment but cannot afford it.

For further information regarding VRI or this web-site, please contact Jyoti Singh at:

Volunteers for Rural India
12 Eastleigh Avenue
South Harrow
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8864 4740
Email: enquiries@vri-online.org.uk
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