Today we got picked up at 9, by the hotel. It took us 25 minutes to get to the clinic.
Goran Grosskopf Family Clinic, with other words- my family’s hospital.
We started by looking around the clinic. It is for the poorest people who cannot afford to pay the pricey fees to get other health care. This costs around 300 rupees and if someone really can’t pay, it is fine to get it for free. Poor people are usually the ones with the most needs. When the tour of all the rooms were finished, we were shown a presentation of the hospital’s work & development, since it opened 5 years ago. My mom was the one who inaugurated it, 2011. Since then, a lot has happened & changed- to the better.
Everything is going absolutely well for the clinic, it is relatively clean (at least clean for being in India), they have great doctors & nurses, they give counselling in the first visit, they have rooms for surgery & the clinic is overall very appreciated & has made a lot of people’s life easier. They all have done an absolutely incredible work.
Around midday, I left my grandparents to go and visit the mobile clinic. They went to see other charity projects. It was a one hour drive to the day care centre for children.
Living in the slums means you are very poor, but living there is better than being homeless or a street person- finding different streets to sleep on everyday. Living in the slums give you a sort of connection & you can feel belonging to the little community that is built from scratch.
This mobile clinic I was with, is for the children whose parents are workers on construction sites. These families have it worse than in the slums, they migrate from one place to another, in search of livelihood. They live & work on the construction sites without electricity & drinking water. While the parents are working, the children are left to do the households, in the dangerous areas of their, so called, “homes”. They have absolutely no access to their basic human rights- safety, health care, nutrition nor education.
These day care centres are for these children, to shape the future of the migrant workers’ kids. The centres look like kindergartens, where the kids participate in different activities & socialize. Playing, painting or just communicating with other children. They are also given 3 meals per day & have access to drinkable water. This isn’t a school, but the centres have been given tablets where the children can practise useful games, such as math.
Connected to the day care centres, is a bus, a special bus. This bus contains a whole lot of laptops & give the children a chance to learn how to handle such things. They wouldn’t even know what a laptop or computer is, if it wouldn’t for these centres. Having knowledge in how to use a computer is a necessity to get a job in today’s world. Learning this increases the chances of getting a job & makes everything easier, for the future.
After playing with the cute children & seeing the centre, as well as the computer-bus, we went back to the clinic.
FPAI, is the name of this organization who does all these things for the children- it is short for Family Planning Association (Fulfilling People’s Aspirations India). They also go by their van, to the ares where the kids, from the streets & the slums, live. They pick them up and take them to the clinic. The celebration of the light, Diwali, is getting closer & closer. All the children taken from the slums were in the lower part of the clinic, singing songs, doing henna tattoos (essential for every Indian holiday), paintings & creating decorations. The kids stayed for the whole afternoon & then the van took them home again.
I met all these children & adults- the fieldworkers. It was an absolute pleasure & I really enjoyed talking to them. It is almost as if I am a very well known celebrity; EVERYONE, both the younger & the older ones, wanted to take photos with me. I took over 100 different selfies & group photos. It definitely touches your heart to see the happiness in their eyes, after taking a photo with me. They are all so nice human beings & you feel so bad realizing the huge difference between our lives…
You cannot help everyone all the time, but helping someone, as much as you can, still makes a great difference in life!
To not write a bible, I will stop here. I have way more things to tell you, about the actual clinic- but that can wait.
I hope you start on this week has been good so far, and for those who have holiday- enjoy it! I am flying back to Delhi tomorrow morning, leaving the hotel by 8.30 am.