Dr. Sunil Kumar Hebbi – Dr@Work

I am Dr. Sunil Kumar Hebbi from Bangalore. I am happy to share about my social initiative: Matru Siri Foundation Activities

The incident which triggered my desire to start this foundation was… One day, almost seven years also, I was driving on the busy road to Hosur, when I witnessed an accident. The injured person was left bleeding on the road without any medical attention. Unfortunately, no one came forward to help him. At that moment, I felt that being a doctor, it was my moral responsibility to help him and fortunately I had a first aid fit in my car. I provided him the necessary care.

This incident had a very deep impact on me as I realized that there are many such people who need such medical attention and are not getting the same at the right time. That is when I decided to dedicate my time to service of people who lack access to even the basic health facilities. This motivated me to start the NGO and provide free healthcare to people.

As you know, for any good initiative we need a team and the first problem I faced was gathering volunteers who had the same bent of mind. We started with a team of doctors who were my close friends and relentlessly pursued the camps in spite of lack of resources but with a strong will to help people. Soon word spread, and many others joined us in this noble initiative.

Healthcare is basic fundamental right and not a privilege and India lacks in the same. Hence, as a solution to provide free or low cost medical help to people from economically backward class, I started this NGO. We conduct medical camps regularly every week. We adopt government schools, old age homes, slums and construction sites and provide help to the local community. We also provide first aid training, awareness about organ donation, and health talks.

The most important impact was that most people did not know what was their actual health problem. Earlier they used to neglect the problem or took self-medication and then wait to recover. After our camps, they were aware of what their actual problem was and got the right medication at a low cost. Also, this had an impact on their income as they were healthier and would be more effective at work and also did not miss work on any day due to illness.

So far, we have organized around 700 medical camps which have benefited around 30,000 patients around Bangalore by Mobile Doctor Clinic Project. We also have another Project called Vatsalya (Now renamed as Humanity Charitable clinic). We have started a noble scheme ‘Gift of Service’ which offers an opportunity for people to sponsor a medical camp at any old age home or a slum to mark special days such as birthdays, or anniversaries.

In the end, I would like to say to everyone reading this: Practice democracy! Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in election once in five years but when you volunteer, you vote every day.

Dr. Sunil Kumar Hebbi                                                                                               Founder Matru Siri Foundation| Social Worker| Volunteering

Sanchita Sahay – the woman with many qualities

I am trained spelling, reading and comprehension therapist working with children and adults with disabilities and their families. I work with The British School, New Delhi as a full-time special needs educator and I am also a project manager at WE’RE ONE – Ride for Superhumans and Painters’ Grid that spreads awareness by painting one wall at a time.

After graduating from college with a Psychology degree, I started teaching in a school near my home that served children with severe needs. These kids were facing problems such as the Downs Syndrome, Autism, Physical Disabilities and Neurological Impairments. While working with the kids, I realized that I needed more training in order to help these children more efficiently. After doing my Masters from School of Rehabilitation Sciences (AADI) in New Delhi, I began working with schools and NGOs. Each child presented a new adventure and with each adventure came about new learnings. There were days when I thought I wouldn’t be able to manage the needs of the child I was working with and then there were days when one of my kids would identify the letter or begin reading independently. There were days when I have had stuff thrown at me or bite marks on my arms and there have been days where I have been slobbered with kisses and given the tightest of hugs. Each day is new in this line of work.

In the month of June, I am travelling to NGOs and schools in Dehradun, Shimla, Solan and Nanital in order to train the teachers and parents of kids with disabilities in reading, spelling, comprehension and behavior management. Most of these schools cannot afford teacher training. As much as their hearts are in the right place, they use the hit-and-trial method to work with the children. My motivation is that if I have been fortunate enough to learn from the best, I should share my learnings and the material with as many people as I can. If I can make a difference to even one life or one family or even one teacher, then why not!

Apart from working full-time, I manage projects for We’re One Ride, where India rides for Super Humans. We believe that people come before their disability and everyone deserves an equal life, a life of dignity and respect. We ride to raise funds and this all India ride saw more than 5000+ bikers last year and we plan to go bigger this year.

In the end, I feel that: My philosophy in life is simple. There is a purpose because of which you are here. Be good and do good. I speak fast and I speak my mind. I am very sure of what I want and what I don’t and I firmly believe in keeping life simple!

Word of advice for and all – “Remember why you started!”

Connect with me if you think we can benefit from each other. You can reach me at sahay.sanchita@gmail.com.

In love, light & peace!

Sanchita Sahay                                                                                                             Project Manager at WE’RE ONE | Special Needs Educator