June - July 2007
Mahatma Gandhi, India’s ‘Father of the Nation’, once said, “ YOU must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Vision India is a charity started by Indians living in UK for their fellow
Indians in India, with a view to helping and uplifting some of the impoverished
and underprovided sections of society living mainly in rural areas and slums
of Mumbai and Delhi. India is now in the midst of a major economic boom, yet
a very large part of its population lives in extreme poverty. The one very
important factor that will solve a lot of the problems of this developing economy
is Education, on which Vision India lays a lot of emphasis.
The trustees have for a while wanted to put aside time and effort to do something
to help and give back in their own small way to their homeland, India, which
every Indian in his or her own way is passionate about. Thus Vision India was
born as a collective effort, and together they resolved to put together an
organisation that exists solely for the benefit of thousands of people who
have little or nothing.
is beautiful and precious. Yet for many, life can become a curse. Poverty,
unemployment, disease, countless lives are wasted coping with suffering, and
life for them remains nothing but bare survival, where to even think of a prosperous
future remains an impossible dream. Basic amenities like shelter, food, sanitation
and medicine that we can often take for granted remain a luxury often impossible
to attain for many thousands living in impoverished conditions. Our passion
for life has made us come together and try to do our bit to change the lives
of some people like this, who otherwise would have no one to turn to.
Vision India – The Objectives
Broadly outlined, the Objectives are:
The relief of sickness and the preservation of good health among people residing
The advancement of education in India, including training and advice in HIV
and safe sex, disaster relief
A society in which every Indian has education and ability to build for themselves
and their family a future free from poverty.
Vision India has been formed by a unique affiliation of NGO’s Charitable
Trusts and dedicated individuals in UK and India who are working towards a
better life for a section of poor and marginalized population of India.
The Happy School Trust- The school started initially by a dedicated retired
teacher Mrs. Capoor in Gurgoan, Haryana in an open greenland under some trees.
Street children, children of domestic workers/labourers, child labourers and
rag picker children were encouraged to attend these classes. As the school
gained momentum and popularity, we obtained a building from the local government
after a long struggle, in which the school now runs.
The day starts with a prayer and a nutritious breakfast and milk. The day includes
curriculum studies, ICT education, art and craft, dance, and sport such as
cricket and table tennis. Children who would otherwise have spent their lives
as labourers or wasting on streets, are some of our most brilliant students,
some having achieved as high as 94% marks in the last years exams!
In fact some even attend school and go back to being domestic helps or labourers
to provide for their families. Nevertheless, they all have dreams for a brighter
The Vinayek Charitable Dispensary is a free medical dispensary for the rural
population of Haryana . What started off as a small clinic with one voluntary
doctor, now serves 40 villages in the vicinity, and has at least 500 patients.
The dispensary has facilities such as GP, pathology, gynaecology, ophthalmology,
homeopathy, ENT, and dentistry, all provided to the poor free or at a very
subsidised cost. We now have the facility to carry out small operations such
as cataract removal, and procedures like ECG are also carried out at the premises,
so our patients do not have to queue up at municipal hospitals in Delhi. Medicines
prescribed by our GP are dispensed free on the premises. Free advice on safe
sex and family planning, and free condoms are provided, as the one major solution
to curbing the AIDS epidemic in India would be education on the subject.
A Vocational Training Centre is held in a building nearby for women of the
local villages, which runs free courses for tailoring, handicrafts and beauty
treatments. Many destitute women who have either been disowned by their families
or widowed, have attended the courses and have now got themselves jobs or are
earning a livelihood from their own homes.
The Trustees – Mr Krishan Ralleigh, the chairperson of Vision India,
and also the Chief Editor of India Link International magazine is a known and
respected person among the Indian Society. He has long been recognised for
his entrepreneurship and commitment during the years he has conceived and built
up India Link International to the reputation it has today. Vision India is
fortunate to have his chairmanship and guidance.
Punita Chandra, the secretary, is the founder of the charity. Born and raised
in India, and having great pride in being Indian, she has always wanted to
help the poor and have a contribution in uplifting the lives of some of them.
Mr Vivak Chandra is a London businessman Although he has grown up in UK, he
has travelled extensively across India, and is a very patriotic Indian, and
shares the same passion for helping the needy as his wife.
Mr Sunil Trehun a resident of India, manages our work locally and is head of
our team with Vinayek Trust and Happy School.
If you would like to make a donation, or find out more about sponsoring a child’s
education or a needy person’s medical cost, please feel free to e-mail
us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone us on 020 8958 7460 /07985 584843.
Further details of our ongoing work in India are available on our website www.visionindia.org
One step must start a journey……
One word must start a prayer……
One hope will raise their spirits……
One touch will show you care……
Registered Charity no. 1116412
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