By Martin & Donna Shively - Save Kids Trust Board Members
It has been an exciting quarter for Save Kids Trust (SKT) in Jaipur, India. Dr. Saini (SKT Executive Director) reports that Rajasthan has over 70% vaccination rate at this point and life is getting back to normal. This is not the same situation for other states in India where the vaccination rate is still too low.
Despite the special challenges in these recent months, Dr. Saini and SKT has kept all three clinics operating normally and have helped hundreds of people. Here are some notable stories from the last several months: An 8-year-old girl was able to get treatment for an infection that affected her hair growth. A young man who lives in a different state in India but learned about SKT from a friend, traveled to Jaipur to get a new artificial hand after his second hand became unusable. A sixty-year-old man needed help for hypertension but didn’t have money – SKT stepped in and he believes it saved his life. A ten-year-old boy had a bad head injury that needed attention immediately. SKT was able to stop the bleeding and stitch the wound. An 87-year-old widow woman, who registered with SKT seven years ago, came to the clinic with her original card to seek care. Dr. Saini and his team were proud to learn that she takes such good care of it. She said all her neighbors know where she keeps it in case they need to help her come to the clinic.
The fighting menstruation taboos clinics have been quite successful and have opened the door to many new opportunities to help young women. Dr. Saini reports they have taught 6000 young women thus far this year and the lessons learned are helping him develop exciting new programs for 2022.
Your support during this year has allowed SKT to provide uninterrupted support to people whose lives have been completely disrupted by the pandemic – Thank you.
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