I call it a learning experience because under stress and pressure our latent abilities come to the forefront to help us face every difficult situation with a lot of grit and determination, not only to the best of our abilities, but also giving us strength, to surpass our own limitations.
My learning experience amidst this storm of Corona Virus began. I was contemplating as to how, when and where, ‘I COULD HELP THE CITIZENS OF JAIPUR’ and soon the first opportunity came as a call, from SMS Hospital, after which there was no looking back. Immediately, I got in touch with Dr Sudhir Bhandari, Principal and Dr Randhir Singh Rao, Deputy Superintendent, SMS Hospital and the first step towards the mission, of lending support to people, in difficult times began.
It’s rightly said that where there is a will there is a way. My innercore wanted to help our corona warriors like the doctors, the nurses, the paramedical staff and the patients and then came the unending biggest help from JCF where I am a convenor Programme and trustee too.
I spoke to JCF Trustees led by the Chairman Mr Rajeev Arora and all the trustees wholeheartedly decided to raise funds and support this program till whenever needed. I cannot thank Mr. Rajeev Arora enough who took the first lead and initiative in donating INR 5Lakhs for this noble cause which was followed by all the trustees and members of JCF.
After discussion, with the leading Doctors of SMS, we learnt that the doctors could not move out for the reason that they were taking care of of the Covid patients, and here, our support system became active. In the initial stage, I was working alone, morning till night, of course with the support of my family; Neeta, Mudita, Mohit, Siya & Swara, who have always been my big strength.
We started with the supplies of coffee/tea/drinking water to Doctors confined to hospital which was the Main Hub. The next two days we went from pillar to post, looking for machines for coffee/tea and Mechanics for setting them up. Finally we could get the required material but no one was willing to take a chance to help us. With great difficulty, we managed to get two machines and then two more were added.
Here is, when our Jagriti team came into functioning, the back office, as always, a big support with Jitendra,Girdhari and Gopal, became the back bone of our DRIVE and got into ACTION. We started collecting things from the closed shops (taking Special permission to get them open) and supplying the same to the Hospital.
Here I would mention a very special thanks to Respected Additional Chief Secretary Home Mr. Rajeeva Swarup and Honourable Collector of Jaipur Mr. Joga Ram who helped us getting permissions. Each day began by getting daily demand from SMS and running around the whole day, trying to procure materials for about thousand people (including covid 19 hospital staff and patients) from wherever possible, which was not always a very easy task, may be because of the prevailing ‘Virus’ not everyone came forward to help which was, but natural.
Then the request came for food packets for the hospital staff, quarantined in the hospital, for days and days, fighting their own battles, of not being able to visit their families. We were committed & we decided to supply them with the biscuits, muffins, Poha, Uppma and fruits. The question coming up in everyone’s mind would be why upma, poha and muffins.
.pl think about these warriors 24/7 continuously for 15days in quarantine in covid 19 wards, even they needed food other than normal which they could eat at any hour whenever required not depending on anyone else at any odd hour. Also 100 PPE sets were sent to SMS Hospital again with the financial help of JCF. Dr Rekha Singh, Superintendant “Jaipuria Hospital”, another hospital where 110 Covid patients are being treated also requested us to supply food packets, etc as in SMS which is being met daily.
Then came a request from few Police Stations for masks and Hand Sanitizers which was fulfilled by us. Since then, this has become our daily routine, which begins at dawn and goes late into the night till all the demands for day have been met within the guidelines issued by the Government.
Our forerunners being Jagriti team members Deepak Saxena, Sandeep Mathur, Jitender, Girdhari and Gopal working since the day of lockdown became totally responsible for collection and distribution. Gradually, people started joining us. We had requirement of food packets for roadside workers where Mr Devendra Khandelwal, (JCF) came forward.
My heartfelt gratitude to him.We are distributing 500 food packets per day since last 45 days. We now also have the support of Marie Clarie, BVG foundation Netherlands, to meet the demand for complete Rashan supplies for the 225 families of Balika Sadan students for one month. No words to express my sincere thanks to them too. As SMS Hospital was facing shortage of PPE kits.
SBI Life Insurance came as a great support. Jagriti is fortunate to get their support for this noble cause of supplying PPE kits (570). Thanks a lot to Mr. Aseem Mishra Regional Director SBI Life Insurance and his complete team. Support to Ajmer and Beawer is being given by London based Maheshwari Foundation led by Mr Sudhir Maheshwari & Mrs Sangeeta Maheshwari for supplying dry ration for 1300 families for a month.
I thank them both from the core of my heart for their great support. I am sure in coming days their advise and support will be a great value. I would like to thank Mr.Vinod Ajmera and Mr.Ravi Toshniwal for their support and blessings.
I would also like to thank my Ajmer Jagriti members especially to Dr. Namrata Sarda and Mr. Kamlesh Rawat. I am really fortunate; to always have a big support in the form of JAGRITI family, where every member is whole heartedly committed in giving their best in all times of need.
This is a very tough time for all of us and together with deep rooted passion for society, I strongly believe volumes of work can be done. I again say Together WE CAN, AND TOGETHER WE WILL