SAPNA evolved from our nascent steps at the Safdarjung Hospital and AIIMS. Our engagement, limited initially to addressing the needs of a few patients, turned our attention to the destitution and despair of multitudes of the poor and vulnerable faced with exorbitant medical and other expenses far beyond their means. It also turned our attention to the adverse public health environment and made us dream of an equity-oriented, people-centric model of healthcare capable of taking care of people who are unable to afford elementary healthcare, nutritional support and medical attention.
What began as a modest effort in 2004 – grew into a steadfast commitment to uphold the fundamental human right to health, education, and livelihood. Through all this, our core value of SEWA or selfless work has endured, as has our commitment to social justice and our determination to redress suffering.
Our frontline caregivers are the organization’s backbone. Coming from diverse backgrounds, they are closely aligned with SAPNA’s core values and goals. Being the Gandhian’ change you want to see in the world’- requires the ability and vision to conceptualize and navigate the labyrinthine inner dynamics of the change process. It requires the belief and conviction that selfless individual efforts can bring about change. SAPNA’s caregivers armed with that ability, vision, belief and conviction are at the vanguard of its’ entire range of initiatives.
At the Trauma Centre and Safdarjung Hospital our caregivers provide all round support to the homeless patients, some in a comatose state. Their rehabilitation is a major responsibility which Sapna voluntarily undertakes. Many are sent to Anandam – our flagship homes in Alwar, Rajasthan. Some recuperate at our short-stay home in Noida. We have mobilized resources for over 600 surgeries and post-surgical procedures at Safdarjung Hospital, and taken care of the needs of patients suffering from chronic renal conditions. Ortho-aids such as walkers and wheelchairs are distributed to the disabled, while suction machines and air mattresses are provide to the sick.
Over the years we have treated many disadvantaged people at our institutional facilities at Vijay Mandir and Dadhikar in Alwar, provided palliative care to hundreds of chronically sick and injured-many with permanent sequelae, and sheltered hundreds of homeless. Our community optometric and ophthalmology projects touched the lives of thousands of rural women and men. Our eye-surgeons have performed over eleven thousand cataract-operations, many of them at our state-of-the-art eye hospital at Alwar.
Our education-linked projects are driven by our dream of bridging the structural inequalities of gender, caste and class. We are providing values based education to disadvantaged girls from villages close to our project-area in Alwar in our Shikshalaya. Our digital literacy centre at Alwar has empowered young boys and girls, many of whom are now employed at our business process outsourcing centre.
Our environmental engagements have deepened over time. We are restoring water-bodies and planting trees provided by our Nursery. Our water and sanitation projects are contributing to positive health and environment outcomes.
Our journey has been far from easy but we have found strength in our values and in the constant urge to reflect, evaluate, deepen our engagements and broaden the scope of the organization over the course of the next year. Resources are hard to come by but our ability to showcase our work and then seek funds has borne fruit. Transparency and accountability is our driving force. Discipline and integrity is our hallmark.