PROJECTS
  • MEDICAL CAMPS. (Optical and Dental)
    These involve initial check-ups and tests that lead on to further work or operations if so required. The camps are open to all and all costs are covered, including food for the day.
  • FIRST AID TRAINING.
  • DISABILITY PROJECTS. These include:
Mobility Sponsorship (eg. Wheelchairs and Hand Powered Tricycles).
  • Self Sustainability (eg. Geetha’s shop in Mamallapuram or Muthu and Vijay rural outreach project, see Project Focus page).
  • In the future we aim to open our Orphanage up to the disabled, through enhancing disabled access etc.
  • SANITATION PROJECTS
    JRDT has undertaken the construction of toilet units, toilet blocks and sanitation units for schools, rural communities and financially deprived households over many districts of Tamil Nadu.
  • LEGAL AID AND AWARENESS CAMPS
    Legal experts give talks and discussion on such subjects as the Anti-dowry Act, Public Welfare Schemes, the Widow Act, Children Act, Domestic Act etc. These camps are more often than not run for women only, being that historically they were often legally sidelined.
  • COMMUNITY BUILD PROJECTS
    Such as the construction of boundary walls for school playgrounds.
  • AFTER SCHOOL SUPPORT PROGRAMME
    Regular extra-curricular classes for local children to help build on such subjects as English in order to assist with the given subject at school and to help achieve better career options for the future.
  • EDUCATION PROJECTS
    Volunteers to the trust have undertaken educational classes in local schools, such as English and Dance. We are open to further ideas and offers in this area.
Project Focus
Vijay (16) and Muthu (20) are two brothers that live in the small rural village community of Adayalachery, Kalpakam district, Tamil Nadu. JRDT has worked to support them financially, morally and physically to help improve their quality of life.
Previously Vijay and Muthu were diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. However through ongoing concern for having the correct diagnosis before undertaking treatment, JRDT pursued further opinions from alternate medical experts. Firstly an Orthopedic doctor and then a Neurologist were consulted through which a more thorough diagnosis was given, stating that they suffer from the debilitating condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA, common in children and less so in adults, targets the muscles of the spine, effectively reducing their functional capability to zero over a number of years and ultimately leaving the patient completely dependent on round the clock care in order to undertake the most basic day to day tasks. This state of being for SMA sufferers can be avoided through early intervention from the initial signs of the condition developing. However such intervention as spinal splints and body supports needed to tackle the problem were not available for Vijay and Muthu at the time when it was needed. Sadly they are considered to be past a stage where such methods would have any benefits and are expected to decline for the remainder of their lives. Doctor’s advice has been, apart from minor nutritional supplements to help with deficiencies, to make their lives as comfortable and enjoyable as possible in order to raise their quality of life. JRDT has come to the decision that support of those immediate family that currently struggle to earn a basic living along with caring for Vijay and Muthu would be the best course of action. Already wheelchairs have been sponsored to them through ASB (Germany), and various items have been bought for them including a mobile phone and TV as a result of direct donations from Robert Wheeler who also funded all medical expenses through the process of diagnosis. Further work is planned to help support the family in order to make them more self sufficient. Once this next stage of support has been carried, out details will be posted on the JRDT Blog.
For further information on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) see: http://www.smafoundation.org/
Eye and Dental camp at Manampathy Kandigai on 26January 2012
JRDT organized a free eye and dental camp held inthe main school building in Manamapthy Kandigai village. It started at 10am and went on till almost 2pm when lunch was served to the, by then, tired volunteer doctors. The hard working medical team did check-ups for340 people from Manampathy Kandigai and the 6 surrounding villages.
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The majority of the patients were of retirement age and beyond, and of this age group 34 people were booked in to undergo cataract surgery on 4th February. All patients designated for surgery would be provided with free transport from Manampathy Kandigai to the hospital in Chennai and returned safely thereafter.
160 people were diagnosed with the need for glasses, these are also provided free of charge and are to be distributed on the morning of the 8th of February at the church in Manampathy Kandigai once they have been tailor made to suit each individual’s needs.
JRDT would like to thank all workers and volunteers involved for making it possible for this day to go ahead with such success.
Most of all a big heart felt thank you is given to the sponsors A-S-B and SISTER from Germany and of course The Singhvi Charitable Trust for all their hard work, essential expertise and contributions without which the event would not be possible.
DISABILITY PROJECTS
Vijay (16) and Muthu (20) are two brothers that live in the small rural village community of Adayalachery, Kalpakam district, Tamil Nadu. JRDT has worked to support them financially, morally and physically to help improve their quality of life.
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Previously Vijay and Muthu were diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. However through ongoing concern for having the correct diagnosis before undertaking treatment, JRDT pursued further opinions from alternate medical experts. Firstly an Orthopedic doctor and then a Neurologist were consulted through which a more thorough diagnosis was given, stating that they suffer from the debilitating condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA, common in children and less so in adults, targets the muscles of the spine, effectively reducing their functional capability to zero over a number of years and ultimately leaving the patient completely dependent on round the clock care in order to undertake the most basic day to day tasks. This state of being for SMA sufferers can be avoided through early intervention from the initial signs of the condition developing. However such intervention as spinal splints and body supports needed to tackle the problem were not available for Vijay and Muthu at the time when it was needed. Sadly they are considered to be past a stage where such methods would have any benefits and are expected to decline for the remainder of their lives. Doctor’s advice has been, apart from minor nutritional supplements to help with deficiencies, to make their lives as comfortable and enjoyable as possible in order to raise their quality of life. JRDT has come to the decision that support of those immediate family that currently struggle to earn a basic living along with caring for Vijay and Muthu would be the best course of action. Already wheelchairs have been sponsored to them through ASB (Germany), and various items have been bought for them including a mobile phone and TV as a result of direct donations from Robert Wheeler who also funded all medical expenses through the process of diagnosis. Further work is planned to help support the family in order to make them more self sufficient. Once this next stage of support has been carried, out details will be posted on the JRDT Blog.
For further information on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) see: http://www.smafoundation.org