7. Humanitarian Care
Purposeful compassion: To empathize and help him to come out of the cause of his pain.
The disparity between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots' within society is glaring. The pitiable state of slum-dwellers such as miniscule living spaces, lack of water, absence of toilets, and non-existent sewage systems are just some of the problems faced by a large section of people in India. The physically challenged and terminally ill are part of the overlooked. There are an increasing number of abandoned elders with a lack of economic means and emotional support who have been rendered destitute.
Shrimad Rajchandra Differently Abled Programme is an initiative to support homes for the physically challenged. This programme addresses the emotional needs of physically challenged individuals. Volunteers visit special homes and offer mentoring programmes and specialised emotional support.
When your mind is strong and positive, you can overcome any challenge with confidence. Through this initiative, differently-abled people are provided with emotional and psychological care. With this gift of companionship and positive self-image, they are better equipped to lead a more open, joyful and dignified life.
Shrimad Rajchandra Affection for Aged is an initiative to provide assistance to old age homes. Volunteers visit old-age homes and spread joy by playing, dancing, or conducting yoga and laughter sessions. These activities allow volunteers to share their most valuable things with the residents of old age homes - i.e. time and love.
Shrimad Rajchandra Hospice Help is a programme to support homes for the terminally ill. This initiative aims to spread peace, positivity and joy to the terminally ill, giving them a reason to smile even in the last stage of their lives. Volunteers visit cancer homes and homes for the terminally ill to interact with patients in a variety of ways. Workshops and sessions are conducted for the children at specially designated homes.
Shrimad Rajchandra Hunger Relief Programme is an initiative to distribute food to the poor and homeless in several cities across India and around the world. In addition to the food distribution drives, volunteers also distribute buttermilk, a highly nutritious beverage, in rural areas throughout the year. Over 2 lakh litres of fresh buttermilk is distributed through three Shrimad Rajchandra Chaas Vitran Kendras. Buttermilk is also distributed to 10 rural schools.
Shrimad Rajchandra Distribution of Essential Aids for Respite (DEAR) involves mass distribution of utility items to the needy. Volunteers distribute clothing, blankets, toys, cooking utensils, footwear, sanitary and hygiene kits and school stationery to thousands every year.
There are 23 million homeless people in India. Without proper shelter, changes in weather cause mass illness and displacement, particularly during the monsoon and winter seasons. During the monsoons, tarpaulin sheets and raincoats are distributed to keep people dry and to provide necessary shelter. Before the chilly winter sets in, blankets and kits comprising of head-gear, foot-cream and vaporub are distributed to the less privileged. Economically disadvantaged people are also provided footwear, stationery and clothing.