STORIES OF CHANGE HEALTH
"When I took him to the doctor his scalp looked scary, now he has recovered and is so happy."
When Rita and Sandeep had Gaurav six months back the condition of their family was bad. Gaurav’s elder sister was down with a bout of viral fever. Being daily wage earners it became very difficult for them to bear so much expenses.
"Our children always complained that we did not do enough for them and then they left us in our old age."
Mahesh and his wife have five daughters. They raised them with equal love and never did they regret not having a son. His children grew up, got married and moved to different places.
"We are old and poor. Our health is failing. We only find relief in each other.”
82 year old Savitha lives with her husband in a tin shanty in the middle of a congested and unhygienic Chennai slum.
When a lot of children and adults began to fall sick at regular intervals the tribal community at Kalahandi, Odisha the people did not know who to turn to. Their regular visits to the local quacks increased but they could hardly provide any relief to the people.
"I am recovering slowly, thanks to the doctor who cured me."
When asthma and skin problem worsened, 65 year old Hajrath Barar had to discontinue his work in the nearby farms as a daily wager.
"I raised my son alone. 12 years ago, Ravi got married and his wife did not want to live with me. They left me alone and went to the city.”
Savitri faced a lot of hardships while raising her son alone after the death of her husband but she worked on daily...
"Recently, I have been asked to earn for myself as nobody among my children could afford to feed me two times a day.”
Krishna Devi sells papad on the roadside. She earns 100-150 per day...
Namita’s daughter was the joy of her life but she was weak and malnourished, her survival became a struggle, until Smile on Wheels came to her rescue.
"We lost all our hard earned money in fighting Dengue last year. Three of my family members – my husband, daughter-in-law and grandson"
The three members Vrinda Devi lost to dengue was due to the filth that surrounded them in the resettlement area they live.
Sobha Devi lives with her two sons in Mithaj village, Madhepura, Bihar. Her husband migrated to Kerala in search of work six years ago and sends whatever little he earns home every month.
A 10 year old jovial and ambitious Thanuja was made to drop out of school by her parents. But this young girl fought to achieve what was rightfully hers.
Jamuna and her granddaughter Nilima are happy and healthy now. Thanks to Smile on wheels and their timely check-ups.