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Can crowdfunding help India’s 70 mn disabled people?

May 25, 2017

According to estimates based on statistics on an average one person gets disabled every minute in India.

Mumbai: Eight year old Yash Chaudhri was one of the persons waiting for an extension to his unstable foot, before crowdfunding helped  Ratna Nidhi Trust, a not for profit organisation, fit him with prosthetic limbs.

Yash’s parents are just one among thousands of other hassled parents whose children are born with a disability, yet they can seldom afford to to treat them.

As per a report by SaveLIFE Foundation in 2014, five million people were fatally injured or disabled in road accidents across India in the last decade. “Thats about one person per minute,” adds Rajiv Mehta, Trustee, Ratna Nidhi, who’s father Mahendra Mehta was India chair of Safe Kids Foundation.

Rajiv Mehta says that Ratna Nidhi is planning to raise Rs. 12,60,000 to help about 500 people, over the next one month.

Rajiv, who helped Yash’s family, said that Conservative estimates of the World Bank and World Health Organization suggests that there are about 70-100 million individuals with a disability in India. He believes disabled people need understanding and support, not someone’s pity.

“That's how all people with disabilities are. They need our understanding and support, not our pity. How do we mainstream them? Yash was very confident about his abilities. He got engrossed in books, thought he was just like anybody else and did not want anybody to pity him for his condition,” he said.

Ratna Nidhi has received a grant from Google.org to develop 3D scanning software to scan residual limbs and print proper-fitting sockets for people in rural areas of India. Much before this grant, the nonprofit’s mobility camps have been distributing callipers, Jaipur Foot, hearing aids and wheelchairs all over the country.

Some of these camps have been in terrorism inflicted regions like Afghanistan and Leh Ladakh as well. It is for these mobility camps that Ratna Nidhi uses crowdfunding to help as many people as possible.

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