What’s up, I learned how to make Indian chai today and made it for all my classmates. Surprisingly, it didn’t suck.
It’s the little things in life.
This is a photo I took while we were touring the Jaipur Foot. Jaipur Foot is the name of the organization as well as the device it provides: arguably the best prosthetic limbs available worldwide. The Jaipur Foot was initially developed to replace preexisting prosthetics that simply were not viable for Indian lifestyles. Now available in over 25 countries, Jaipur Foot has provided feet, knees, limbs, and polio boots to over 1.2 million people. The picture above shows the cart-bike devices given to individuals who have severe disabilities that wouldn’t be able to benefit from a prosthetic or to those with advanced polio. The best part of this organization is that they serve any patient that walks through their doors completely free of charge, regardless of who you are or where you came from. They even have a small hostel on site available to those who need it. The factory/clinic also offers employment options to those it has served.
It was so heartwarming to tour such an incredibly efficient organization and meet individuals using these prosthetics. You can’t even tell they’re using them, really, which is stunning. The current director informed us that they’re in the process of developing a hand. I’m excited to see that go live.
I love seeing Indians roaming about town in these carts. This is an organization that knows what it’s doing and where it’s going. I’m always impressed by an organization that provides amazing services to individuals, especially ones like these that serve all over the world. Disabilities of any sort affect everyone involved in that person’s life, so really, the number of beneficiaries is far above 1.2 million - include the family, the friends, the coworkers, the acquaintances of those who no longer have to let their disability define them. I would recommend volunteering with this organization abroad to those interested in public health.