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We organize & sponsor free vaccination camps for children in India
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Whenever one comes across reports dealing with poverty, illness, epidemics or other human tragedies, one's conscience triggers an impulse to do something to help. This is most commonly undertaken by making a donation of money. However, donations of money usually spawn questions as to where the money really goes, and doubts often emerge concerning the efficiency and transparency of the aid organizations. We have asked this of ourselves too, and have realized that an optimal level of efficiency and transparency at the lowest expense is best attained by being at the right place at the right time.
Where do we operate?
In areas where there is genuine suffering: in the slums of India's cities and towns.
When do we operate?
Well ahead of time, before the young children fall prey to illnesses which have now ceased afflicting the industrialized societies of the West. For a paltry sum, the equivalent of the cost of a cigarette package, we are able to protect an Indian child against a variety of illnesses. Illnesses which appear to be harmless can cause serious damage to children living in slum areas because their immune system has generally become weakened from undernourishment, lack of vitamins, and deplorable hygiene. Our job is to help get them vaccinated against mumps, measles, German measles, polio, dyphteria, whooping-cough and/or tetanus. Naturally, it is an illusion to think that one can change abruptly the living conditions in Indian slums. It would be better, however, to attempt whatever is possible rather than to do nothing at all. One often asks oneself why bother at all with "healthy" children. Wouldn't it be more moving and certainly more conducive to the tugging of heartstrings - and loosening of purse strings - to show donors photos of handicapped children whose crutches they have financed? But we wish to avoid the need for such photos. This does not mean that we deem other aid methods to be wrong or unnecessary (e.g. foster parents' associations), only that those methods exceed the possibilities of our own organization . But every helping hand nevertheless is important, because it is simply not true - as is often suggested - that too many charitable organizations already exist and are vying for their share of poor people. This most certainly is not the case in India.
OUR WORK: Indian children who are born in hospital are officially vaccinated at birth against certain diseases, and again later on they receive vaccination in school. However, most children are not born in a hospital but at home. The term "home" in an Indian slum is rather difficult for the German (or, for that matter, Western) mind to imagine: the dwelling generally has no bath, toilet, clean water or electricity. Children who live under such conditions rarely go to school and thus cannot integrate into the health care system. Our volunteers visit children in these areas and set up vaccination camps. This operation entails setting up for one day, in each case, either a doctor's office or an appropriately improvised room where Indian doctors and assistants can carry out the necessary vaccinations. These vaccines are purchased locally in India. Once the vaccination has been performed, each child receives a small gift (stuffed toy, toothbrush, ice cream) to distract her/him from the pain and discomfort of the shot. Additionally, we issue specially-printed vaccination certificates so as to facilitate the paperwork in the event subsequent vaccinations are needed. We also give special attention to the vaccination of girls who, in matters relating to preventive health care measures, are often assigned lesser importance than boys. Our German helpers work on a voluntary basis, using part of their annual holiday to participate in this project. Some of the Indian doctors and assistants are paid by our charitable organization for part of their work, but some do work without pay.
The total cost per child at a vaccination camp amounts to 3 to 5 DM.
We are endeavouring to improve the health conditions of all children in India. In order to reach this goal, our charitable organization needs your financial assistance. Your donations are tax deductible. Please note down our organization's name (Fördergemeinschaft für Kinder in Indien e.V.) as well as the tax number (71-608/09730/ Finanzamt Bremen) on your transaction slip and send it along with your next income tax declaration form.
How can YOU help ? The easiest way is by making a modest donation. We would also welcome small stuffed toys that we can bring as gifts to the children, but please clarify first with us before sending them owing to limited transportation facilities for the items. In any event, your active participation in Germany and in India remains equally important. We would greatly appreciate if you passed on this information to friends, acquaintances and colleagues so as to help our organization become better known to the public. Exhibitions and talks, followed by a small collection round, have already taken place in the past, as well as family feasts where presents were replaced by a collection box to which family members contributed. Other examples of fund-raising projects carried out was a race that took place on the feast of St. Nicholas (Dec. 6th), and project weeks on India organized by schools. There are many ways you can help. If you have a good idea or would like to actively participate in our work for the children in India, please contact us at one of the following addresses. We will gladly provide you with more detailed information. Also material can be made available, such as a video cassette (amateur film of the vaccination camps).
Hans-Joachim REGGE, president of Fördergemeinschaft für Kinder in Indien e.V.
Charitable Organization for Children in India (registered organization)
Foerdergemeinschaft fuer Kinder in Indien e.V.
c/o Hans-Joachim Regge,
Fesenfeld 57, 28203 Bremen, Germany, Telephone and Fax : (49) 0 - 421 - 7 1111
internet : http://www.kindergarten.org email: email@example.com
2nd internet: http://www.regge.com 2nd email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fördergemeinschaft für Kinder in Indien e.V., Bremen, Germany, Postbank Hamburg / Germany Kontonummer 778 000 - 209 Bankleitzahl 200 100 20
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